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Welcome to Ask Jasmine, the column the place I spherical up among the questions I’ve acquired from readers. On this version, I reply questions on eye exams and dental care, and even get a reader tip!

I hope these solutions will help you with any questions you could have. Don’t neglect to depart any questions or cash saving ideas you have got within the feedback beneath or electronic mail me on




Assist with my opticians

Expensive Jasmine, 

I wish to observe your recommendation from your column within the Day by day Mail however opticians refuse to offer me my pupil distance. So, though I’ve my prescription, with out the pupil measurement I can’t store round. 

Are you able to inform me the way to get round this drawback? 

Greatest needs. 


Though I am not an skilled on this topic, I did take a look on the NHS web site and got here throughout beneath; 

Why does the optician not give me my pupillary distance? 

Your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist will not be required by regulation to incorporate particulars of the horizontal distance between your pupils (the inter-pupillary distance) in your prescription. 

The duty for making certain the lenses are correctly centred in your frames lies with the individual becoming your glasses (dishing out optician), they usually’ll should do all of the measuring. 

Any supplier of glasses, whether or not shop- or internet-based, ought to have preparations in place to have the ability to fulfill this requirement. 

Specsavers have a web page on their web site that give the choice of measuring you PD on-line (you would want to permit entry to the digicam in your your machine). In case you are not snug with that, scroll additional down the web page it give directions on the way you or a pal can measure your PD.  

Please see the hyperlink right here. 

I hope this helps 🙂 


I can’t afford my dental care

Expensive Jasmine,  

After studying your wonderful article in Saturdays Mail, I used to be questioning when you will help with an investigation into dental remedy? I’m a 77-year-old woman who has all the time taken care of my enamel. I lately moved house to be close to my household, from Yorkshire to Bracknell Berks. I can solely discover non-public Dentists.  

My check-up was £50, paid upfront, and my filling was £130. The small crown I would like will value £650 plus the dental mechanics charge for recommendation on what kind of crown I would like. My small denture with two enamel will value me £1,500. I merely do NOT have the cash. 

In Yorkshire, my dentist accepted I used to be on Pension Credit score and I crammed the required kind and my dental remedy was free. The dentists right here don’t settle for this technique. I’m determined for remedy however I’m afraid I can’t afford it.  

I was an NHS dental nurse and I’m unhappy that it has come to this. 


I’m sorry to listen to that it’s proving so troublesome to discover a dentist, and much more irritating for you as you had been a dental nurse.  

It actually shouldn’t be this troublesome and I utterly sympathise that the choices on supply are simply not inexpensive. 

I’ve had a glance on the NHS web site on-line and have discovered 2 dentists in Bracknell that state they’re ‘accepting adults entitled to free dental care’ 

The NHS hyperlink is right here. 

Do give them a name with regard to registering, please let me know the way you get on. All the most effective! 


Nectar card reader tip

Hello Jasmine, 

I purchase my vitality by Sainsbury’s and with the excessive prices of heating my house and utilizing my automobile any financial savings are gratefully acquired. 
So, I used to be stunned to obtain a message from Nectar, that I ought to take into account shopping for one thing with my factors that had been build up due to the above, so a FREE great blender £38.00 arrived from Argos and once I refill with petrol at my closest storage and get my nectar card out, to not put factors on however to spend them, a median of £ 3.00 off my invoice each time. 

I’m actually impressed along with your procuring habits, a lot in order that I shared your electronic mail with the workforce. 

A free blender utilizing your Nectar factors, you positively are successful. 

With this terrible value of dwelling disaster, it’s heart-warming to know that you’re discovering methods not solely to make financial savings but additionally to profit from the factors you earn. 

Thanks a lot for sharing.

All the most effective, Jasmine 

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