Its not often that opticians and optometrists are featured in the media like on pop
music, TV and films. Here is a roundup.
The Midnight Beast - Medium Pimpin’
This British comedy/parody band had a TV show on E4 in 2012. The song Medium Pimpin
was released as a single and Stefan Abingdon raps that he was told he had medium
sight by his optician. Although that term is not used by opticians !
Doctor Who and Glasses
The Doctor in this successful British TV sci-fiction has been known to wear glasses.
Peter Davison as the 6th Doctor often wore reading glasses.
David Tennant had the famous black plastic oblong type glasses that he puts on often
when he was concentrating.
David Tennant played the tenth Doctor - and showed him using an ophthalmoscope to
examine Donna Nobles eyes when he wondered how she got into the Tardis.
In the series 7, Amy Pond had a message left from her Opticians saying her reading
glasses were ready. The reading glasses are a sign of age and was probably used to
show that Amy and Rory were slowly getting older and choosing to live their lives
without the Doctor.
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake 20 20 album cover features an optometrist eye test machine called
a phoropter. JT has named his album “The 20/20 Experience” , with the term 20 20
meaning good eye sight or vision. Perhaps JT is implying he has the vision.
JT is wearing his trademark suit and tie but his face is covered by the bulky instrument.
Some patients may feel claustrophobic.
Another method is to use trial frame glasses. They are bit funny looking ! Different
lenses can be changed to work out the glasses prescription. They are bit heavy on
the nose but they do not cover the entire face like the phoropter.
Pet Shop Boys - It’s Alright.
The track “Its Alright” is on the Introspective Album. The single “Its Alright” featured
record sleeve with keyboard player Chris Lowe wearing trial frame glasses that opticians
The phoropter has many different lenses built in, that the optician can click into
position. Its quick and easy to change lenses and work out the prescription of glasses