As you, my readers, know only too well, my body is far from perfect. So perhaps those of you with specs, contact lenses or just living a blurred life will avert your eyes. My eyesight, ladies and gents, is 20:20 – despite the fact I am the wrong side of 40.
But this isn’t a gloat. I’m just lucky (in some ways!). Having sharp eyes (instead of mind?) is no reason not to have them tested every couple of years – I am reliably informed by Joan Mallon, one of the two founders of Mallon+Taub, Marylebone High Street, W1. It turns out that visiting an optician is not simply about checking your vision and, while I was there, Joan was keen to screen my eyes for conditions such as cataract, blepharitis and dry eyes, diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
It had been ten whole years since I have last had my eyes tested. But I can’t really mention my appointment without confessing the REAL reason I was there. You see, the fabulous specs and sunglasses lining the shop walls had lured me in. Like sweets in jar, they just looked so appealing. As I waited for Joan, I tried on one pair after another. How much more intelligent and serious I looked! It was finally time for glasses, I had decided.
Mallon+Taub use the most sophisticated, state of the art optical equipment in their 30 minute appointments.
I mean, if someone asked you if they could test your intraocular pressures, would you allow them?
The final hurdle was for Joan to take a picture of the back of my eye. No mean feat. But out rolled an instant image of my retina.
Unfortunately those specs weren’t meant to be. But, as I glanced at the Tod’s leather rimmed aviator sunglasses, I thought: thank goodness everyone’s eyes need to be protected from the sun.
An eye test at Mallon+Taub costs £60
Mallon + Taub Opticians 35d Marylebone High Street W1 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7935 8200