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Old 08.06.2011, 09:28
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Optician in Neuchatel

I'm looking to change my UK driving licence into a Swiss one and the form is asking for me to get an eye examination.

I've had my eyes tested in the last 6 months in the UK but am guessing they'll want a Swiss qualified optician to confirm it.

So, does anyone know an English speaking optician in Neuchatel or surrounding area?

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Old 08.06.2011, 10:12
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Re: Optician in Neuchatel

Have a look on the SCAN website to find a list of the opticians they accept (to be honest it's just about all of them in Neuchatel as far as I can see). You can also fill in and print off the application form and print the form to take to the opticians with you.

http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubri...leu&CatId=3745

http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubri...ron&DocId=7257

http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubri...ron&CatId=5361

We went to the one in Marin centre (visilab I think it's called now but it used to be Optic 2000) and it cost us 15 chf. It's a pretty basic test to be honest. Theyjust want to make sure you're not as blind as a bat

It's pretty quick toget the licence once you've given in the forms we got ours in 2 days (the 120 chf bill is pretty speedy to arrive too)

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Old 08.06.2011, 10:21
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I would disagree with belgianmum. The eye test was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done.

I was in tears by the end of it!
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Old 08.06.2011, 10:25
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I would disagree with belgianmum. The eye test was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done.

I was in tears by the end of it!
That's probably because you didn't understand what they said to you.

You were supposed to look down the eyepieces not poke them into your eyes. No wonder you were in tears.
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That's probably because you didn't understand what they said to you.

You were supposed to look down the eyepieces not poke them into your eyes. No wonder you were in tears.

Well the optician in Maladiere actually read from a card in English telling me what to do.

But it was probably the most intensive eye test I've ever had
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Re: Optician in Neuchatel

Thanks for the replies guys. I'll head out to the Marin centre as it seems I wont be traumatised there.

Good to know I wont be waiting ages for the new licence and also wont be waiting ages for the bill. Those wee orange slips are just a joy to find in your mailbox.
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Well the optician in Maladiere actually read from a card in English telling me what to do.

But it was probably the most intensive eye test I've ever had

Do you happen to recall what they did?
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It was all a bit traumatic I'm afraid


On a serious note. Lots of flashing lights testing blind spots and if I could see this light at my side from what I can remember. Also the typical reading the letters type opticians test.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'll head out to the Marin centre as it seems I wont be traumatised there.

Good to know I wont be waiting ages for the new licence and also wont be waiting ages for the bill. Those wee orange slips are just a joy to find in your mailbox.
Yeah wasn't traumatic at all there Just make sure they stamp the actual form and don't just sign it. The girl we saw didn't stamp it but the nice lady in the SCAN office rang them up to check we'd acually been so it was all good in the end.
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It was all a bit traumatic I'm afraid


On a serious note. Lots of flashing lights testing blind spots and if I could see this light at my side from what I can remember. Also the typical reading the letters type opticians test.
Wow this sounds really traumatic. I'm surprised you don't need counselling after an experience like that.

Don't remember any flashing lights but she did the thing where you have to tell her when you can't see the light anymore whilst looking straight ahead. (left right up down etc)
Did you have the one where you had to say whether the letter A was in front or behind the other letters? OH got nearly all of those wrong but he still passed the test.
Had to do the reading letters bit too both with and without glasses on.
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Wow this sounds really traumatic. I'm surprised you don't need counselling after an experience like that.

Don't remember any flashing lights but she did the thing where you have to tell her when you can't see the light anymore whilst looking straight ahead. (left right up down etc)
Did you have the one where you had to say whether the letter A was in front or behind the other letters? OH got nearly all of those wrong but he still passed the test.
Had to do the reading letters bit too both with and without glasses on.
The memories....Stooooooooop *huddles in a corners rocking back and forth*
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Wow this sounds really traumatic. I'm surprised you don't need counselling after an experience like that.

Don't remember any flashing lights but she did the thing where you have to tell her when you can't see the light anymore whilst looking straight ahead. (left right up down etc)
Did you have the one where you had to say whether the letter A was in front or behind the other letters? OH got nearly all of those wrong but he still passed the test.
Had to do the reading letters bit too both with and without glasses on.
The lights are a test to check your peripheral vision. Some opticians / optometrists use a simple pen light, having you look straight ahead and telling when you stop seeing it, some use a fancy light machine to do a full "visual fields" test. I suspect this is what Porsch went through if it was remotely "traumatic" (being silly or not, it can be somewhat intimidating).

This is a deceptively simple but very important test as it checks not only how good your peripheral vision is (important for drivers!!) but also whether you have actual blind spots which could indicate other problems (neurological rather than "simple" vision). So, if it were me, I'd go to Porsch's optician, or another performing similar tests at some point... maybe not such a necessary thing in one's early 20s, more important as one approaches 40yr and older.


The test Belgianmum describes is a depth perception test. I find it a bit curious that her OH got most wrong but still passed... but then, that portion of eye care was not something I had much experience with, I'm not sure what that magic number in "must get at least X# correct."

I do recall though that they generally use polarized lenses for those and some people have a hard time with polarized lenses for some reason, this of course would cause some problems with attempting to do the test. (Unless OH has a "habit" of bumping into things, I wouldn't worry about it too much.)
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The test Belgianmum describes is a depth perception test. I find it a bit curious that her OH got most wrong but still passed... but then, that portion of eye care was not something I had much experience with, I'm not sure what that magic number in "must get at least X# correct."

I do recall though that they generally use polarized lenses for those and some people have a hard time with polarized lenses for some reason, this of course would cause some problems with attempting to do the test. (Unless OH has a "habit" of bumping into things, I wouldn't worry about it too much.)
OH is diabetic and has regular checks with an opthalmologist which this optician was aware of so I suspect she was just going through the motions with him. He doesn't often bump in to things.
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OH has just come home and informed me that we also did the thing with flashing lights. You had to say yes every time you could a light that flashed apparently. I was obviously too traumatised by the experience to remember.

Joking aside though the eye teat is really not a big deal

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I'm pretty sure I went to an optic2000 as well.

I was pretty sure I failed afterwards as well
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