For some time I have thought it would be a good idea to get my eyes tested. I can't see things at a distance as I could, and recently with a friend in MacDonalds I had to ask them to read the menu that was displayed behind the counter.
In France you need to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. All he does is examine your eyes and then give you a prescription for glasses or lenses and/or refer you to a doctor if he discovers some other problem. To get your glasses you then go to an optician, and all they do is sell glasses.
There's an ophthalmologist near our home, but they aren't taking on new clients.
There's an ophthalmologist further into Pessac, but they have a three-month waiting list.
There's an eyesight centre at the Clinique Mutuelle near the campus, but they're awkward to get to.
So I hesitated. Dithered.
Then yesterday our health insurance people sent us an email saying that we could get an appointment for an eyesight check-up within the week at regulation prices. I clicked on the link. It's a place in central Bordeaux, very accessible.
I got an appointment for tomorrow.
If all goes well we'll make an appointment for Pat next.