Monday, July 27, 2015

My Eyeglasses Adventure

When I was 15, I was told I had bad vision. That was when these suckers entered my life:



I loved that I could change my eye color. I tried blue eyes, green eyes, and even blue-green eyes. None of it showed up on my eyeballs.



I finally settled on brown. Brown made my eyes pop. That was my eye color for more than 15 years. Then things started to change. 



I started to notice I couldn't see my computer screen up close. I went to my eye doctor and she prescribed Toric (hard) contact lenses. They were great...except I couldn't get them off my eyeball at the end of the day.



So...the doctor explained to me that eyeglasses were the only option. No, it's not a bifocal thing. It's a "you're getting older and your eyeball muscles are getting weaker and can't overcompensate for contact lenses' inadequacies" thing. That's what I understood of it, anyway...but it all means it's time for these:



I admired the ultra-glamorous glasses worn by Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds.





But those are Lafonts. As in Lafont Paris. Lafonts are in the $500 range for the frames alone. You can't exactly have a pair of glasses for every outfit like Penelope Garcia if you're stuck with only one pair of glasses for the next two years.



I was admiring my dental hygenist's blingy glasses when she clued me in on buying glasses online. Glasses for $6.95 including prescription. Of course, I'm half-blind so my prescription requires $20 more so I don't have thick lenses. Still--I ended up buying three pairs of glasses for just over $100. Two pairs were $36 each (shipping and all) and one pair was $45 or so because they were sunglasses. The tint costs more. Here's what I have so far:



But I have a feeling I'll be back for some more ultra-glam soon!

I still wear contacts for date nights and such. I just have to squint to see the menu.



Do you wear glasses? Contacts?

64 comments:

  1. I wore glasses for years and finally switched to contacts. So far my eye muscles are still good and I haven't had any issues.

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    1. I wrote this a couple of months ago and scheduled it. Since that time, it's gotten to where I can't see even far away with contacts. I can see where it won't even be doable to ever wear them.

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    2. On the bright side, eventually everyone gets cataracts so when that happens you'll get your distance corrected and be less dependant on glasses again! Silver lining. Unfortunately, you've got a ways to go for that.

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  2. I wore hard lenses for years till hormonal issues caused them to stick to my eyes (lack of tears). I tried soft lenses and hated them, so it's just glasses now. I do spend a lot on the progressive lenses and nice frames, but it's worth to me since I wear them more than anything else I own. My husband tried online glasses with poor results (bad fit and flimsy frames). I'm glad you had better luck!

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    1. Many people have told me that they eventually grew out of contact lenses. At a certain age, your eyes just can't produce the tears...even men have said that. Someone also told me that she wore them for too long for too many years and eventually they messed up her eyes and she can't wear them again. I've been wearing them since the age of 15, so I can see that! But I only wear them for a few hours a week now, so that isn't going to happen.

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  3. A lot of people buy eye glasses on line. Yours looks cool.

    I wore glasses for a while, then switched to soft lenses and couldn't wear them because I had too much astigmatism in my eyes and had to switch back to glasses. I've been wearing glasses ever since and can't read without them. I paid a hefty price for my glasses from the optometrist. The frame is Titanium as I have sensitivities to metals with Nickel.

    Anytime I need some adjustments to my glasses or when I have the little nose pads change because they turn a greenish color, they do it for free.

    All in all I'm very thankful still have vision.

    Have a great day Stephanie.
    JB

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    1. Astigmatism is what is getting me, too, I think. I know I have an astigmatism and have had it since my 20s. I also have developed a sensitivity to something... I can only wear 18K gold or greater earrings. And what is with the greenish nose pads?!!! My glasses don't have nose pads anymore, but that was always weird to me!

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  4. I only wear contacts! And I don't think much of it I've been wearing them so long now. My husband wants to get lasik but me I don't care!

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    1. I didn't want lasik when I was younger because my contacts were fine. I popped them in every morning, took them out at night, and didn't think a thing about it. Now I don't think I'm a candidate anymore...back then I was the perfect candidate for it. I'm not so sure I am anymore!

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  5. I wear glasses and I have for over 40 years... I did wear contacts for about 10 years, they were purple and showed up perfect... I loved them. However; my eyes didn't like them as they got older... I needed more oxygen. I'm back to glasses and I will be going on line next time. What great deals ♡

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    1. You can add transitions on that site I linked (Zenni Optical) for $69. I didn't mention them by name because I didn't want to seem like I was specifically promoting them. There's one called Coastal.com that a lot of people like, too. I personally found Zenni had the best selection and the cheapest prices. I don't do transitions but I know most of the time it adds $100+ to the prescription, so Zenni's $69 is a good idea if that's your thing!

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  6. I've worn glasses since third grade, got contacts in high school. I am in the same boat re a really strong prescription and having to do/pay extra so the the lenses aren't super thick. I am definitely going to think about getting glasses online - I love the idea of having a few different pairs. :)

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    1. I end up wearing the ones in the middle of that picture all the time, though! Sometimes I change pairs to go with a specific outfit.

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  7. I've worn glasses since I was 16 and never even tried contacts, though I always wanted to change my eye color.

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    1. That part of it is FUN! I do look far better with brown eyes, which is the only real reason I wear contacts when I leave the house. Luckily my contact lens intolerance started just before I started working from home--I noticed I couldn't see the computer very well. Now that I work from home, it doesn't really matter. My husband now wears glasses, too! Although he has the luxury of not having to wear them all the time, since his vision isn't nearly as bad as mine.

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  8. I too have been wearing contacts since my teenage years and I so want to get surgery. My husband did last year and I envy him not having to wear contacts or glasses now. It would be so nice to be able to wake up and just magically be able to see everything again!
    I'm such a chicken though and the whole idea freaks me out. Maybe someday.

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    1. It would be quite the adjustment! It's never really bothered me, putting contacts in every day. But wearing glasses is annoying. They seem to always be smudged somewhere.

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  9. I walked around practically blind and running into things for years as a kid because I thought classes weren't cool. It wasn't until joining the Air Force that I had sense enough to get glasses. Then I tried contacts and that was a nightmare because it took me darn near 10-15 minutes to put them in because I was afraid to touch my eyes.(lol) I went with Hazel at the time. Conquered that, then told myself I just need to wear glasses. As a vet, I get mine for free yearly, and they're progressive. I absolutely adore your fun ones, though, and didn't know you could get them on-line for next to nothing! Fun post. Hugs...Ro

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    1. I've heard that if you have bifocals, online isn't good? I don't know... I guess when you get them at a doctor's office, they work to make sure that each part of the bifocal is perfect before you leave. Online you're just hoping they get it right?

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  10. oh boy haha I feel your pain. Oddly I WANTED glasses so badly when I was a kid (stupid stupid) because I loved Karen in the Babysitters Club Little Sister books and she wore them. So my mom got me frames with clear lenses lol. Then when I was 17 I needed glasses and discovered I DO NOT HAVE A GLASSES FACE . Like , at all. Some people look great in glasses and I am not one of them. So I started wearing lenses and they were so annoying. They were like dust/fur magnets. So I always took them out. About four years ago I tried lenses again and I'm glad I did. They've made improvements in the interim since I've worn them and now I have no problems. although I rarely wear them since I don't do many exciting things lol. I have a pair of Chanel glasses and sunglasses I've had for over 7 yrs and won't change even though my prescription's changed b/c I can't afford anything nice. I'll have to try the online ordering thing!

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    1. Disposable contacts came out a couple of years after I got my first pair. Before disposables, you had to wear your contacts for about a year and clean them every night. Even if you cleaned them, after six months or so they'd start to get protein deposits so they were hard to see through. I switched to disposables in college and that's what I wore for the next 20 years.

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  11. I don't get it, if you are worried about how glasses make you look it is silly, men will make passes at girls who wear glasses.

    I think you'd look good with swim goggles.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I think glasses look very good on some people. They're okay on me...I haven't managed to make them look stylish, though.

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  12. I had to start wearing glasses in my 40's and gradually progressed to bifocals. I found them uncomfortable for the computer so I asked my eye doctor to prescribe some computer glasses that wouldn't make me strain my neck and he did. I can't do without them...so much better for writing.

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    1. I also have a pair of transition sunglasses for driving and I love those also.

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    2. I've noticed transitions don't get very dark in a car because of the UV protection in the windshield. I worry that wouldn't be enough because I like extra-dark sunglasses!

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  13. I wore glasses from 9th grade to about when I was 21-22. Then I got contacts

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    1. That's around when my eyesight started going bad. I was squinting at the board for a while before the teacher noticed. You don't even realize you can't see until you get glasses or contacts and the world looks SO much clearer all of a sudden!

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  14. They sure are cheaper online. I was starting to need glasses, but thankfully I have fixed my eyesight so far with an enzyme supplement. Hopefully it will last, we shall see.

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    1. I wish there was a pill that would help mine!!!

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  15. I always loved Garcia's fashion choices.

    The black glasses are really cute! Nice choices!

    I've never had to wear glasses or contacts. When I was a kid I wanted to wear glasses though. :P

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    1. I know, isn't she the coolest? I don't think anyone else make glasses look stylish like she does.

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  16. I've been wearing glasses all my adult life. I don't think I would feel like me without them. I'd be interested in trying some frames bought online ... but who would adjust them?

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    1. I saw someone else ask that question and they said you can take them into a glasses store and ask for an adjustment. I don't know if they'll charge for that. The last few times I bought glasses at the doctor's office, they just basically set them on my face, asked if they felt okay, and sent me on my way, so I don't see that they do all that much! But maybe with bifocals you need more adjustment? Mine are single vision (for now...I'm sure bifocals are just around the corner, though!).

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  17. I've worn glasses since I was about 40. Can't see squat without them. I'm soon to be 64 and my eyes get worse and worse. I'm so used to them that they are just part of my wardrobe anymore. Most of us old folks are wearing glasses. They take some getting used to, but you'll get used to them.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  18. I don't wear glasses or contacts, Stephanie, but I'm in desperate need. I've been putting of that trip to the eye doctor. When I finally do get squared away, I'll opt for glasses. I can't bear the thought of putting things in my eyes.

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  19. Interesting with eye glasses online; I hadn't thought of them, but son does buy his contacts online. Yep, I'm an eye glass wearer; runs in our family; almost everyone has to start wearing glasses at a young age (seven for me).

    betty

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  20. I used to wear glasses but then I got Lasik.

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  21. I started wearing glasses in first grade, and began feeling really ugly and self-conscious about it in sixth grade. Finally, at age seventeen, I was allowed to use contacts, though I didn't magically start getting boyfriends like I dreamt I would. I've been wearing glasses for about two years now, though I'd really like to go back to contacts. I think the scar on my right cornea has had ample time to rest.

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  22. Glasses. Astigmatism means no contacts.
    Love your glasses. V stylish.

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  23. A school nurse finally figured out that I couldn't see much when I was in the third grade and she had us read an eye chart. The other kids said to me, You did really bad. I felt so ashamed. I had a letter to take home to my mother. She took me to the optometrist. I got glasses, and the world changed. I had hard contacts for about ten years or so. After I had kids, when I was tired at the end of the day, my eyes were too weak for me to get the contacts out. I have seen numerous ads for glasses.com. They have a lot of negative reviews. I'd had the same glasses for 5+ years now. I think it's time to get a new pair.

    Love,
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  24. Good thing you found an online bargain!

    Today I wear glasses and soft contacts, depending on how my eyes feel and how much sleep I got the night before. When I first started out wearing contacts, I wore these old school hard lenses (my mom thought they would be better for my eyes). They weren't the most comfortable to wear and often, a speck of dust or eyelash getting in to my eye would make my eyes tear up and people would ask me why I was crying.

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  25. I was always proud that my eyesight was great. My hearing sucks but eyesight wonderful...until a few years ago. The last 4 years I need glasses for reading and the computer. I know I need new glasses now as well. I only wear glasses and never contacts. I can't get used to putting something on my eyeball. What is your normal eye colour? I am bad for not seeing the colour of a person's eyes. I laugh at the last joke as my best friend has a magnifying glass in the kitchen to read how to cook up stuff:)

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  26. When I was in my mid-40s, I began to notice that I could no longer read footnotes, then I could no longer read regular print and started to buy readers and then regular glasses... but I only have to wear them for reading or close up work (like tying a fly to a fishing line). I haven't considered contacts.

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  27. I remember the day I had to leave my contacts behind. I'm used to wearing my glasses all the time now, but it was a rough transition. I have hit the "baby" bifocal stage too. Soon I'll be having those big coke bottle bottoms!

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  28. Sadly, I started wearing glasses at age 2. I've had every kind under the sun and I'm a beast to fit. Add bifocals and a weird prescription and no online site will get my glasses done for less that $180. Believe me, I've tried.

    But yours look great! Having multiples is the boom.

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  29. those plastic ruby ones are lovely, I have those in blue.... I've been rocking glasses for twenty years now and have always been known as the trend setter in that field :) if I do say so myself....
    Sadly glasses are extremely expensive here, more than 100 euro for a pair with the lenses in them.... so I can't really have tons of pairs... But since I wear them so stylishly I sometimes get free pairs from my optician so that I would promote them :)

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  30. I've been wearing contacts/glasses since the 4th grade. People tell me I should get Lasik, but the thought terrifies me. Lasers, eyeballs...so many things could go wrong, like an earthquake right in the middle.

    Glad you found a way out of your dilemma.

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  31. Good read.
    I wonder if anyone has kept track of the number of glasses that they have changed in a life time.

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  32. Great story. Your new glasses look super. I can relate. I've worn glasses since I was ten years old. Very near sighted. For a few years I wore contact lenses, but then I needed bifocals and trifocals and had to go back to glasses. My vision is still bad, getting worse. (That age thingy.) I have floaters, cataracts, and astigmatism, the reason I prefer my large desktop computer to the laptop. I can see it. :)

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  33. I love theses cosmetic lenses, but unfortunately, I already wear glasses ( and lens) So, they don;t make them in colour here,
    But wow, I would love to try blue eyes!

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  34. I wore contacts a lot during my younger days, more often and longer than I probably should have, so I have trouble with them now.

    I also have the same problem you did with Toric lenses - the first time you put them in they're a bitch to get out. But after you wear them two or three times they seem to soften up (or maybe it's the buildup on them) and they pop out just as easily as regular lenses. That's if you can get over the initial shock of OH MY GOD THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO BE STUCK TO MY EYES FOREVER

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  35. Glasses, one pair for every occasion – I had no idea you could buy glasses online – I’m off to investigate.

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  36. I own contact lenses. But I rarely were them any more. My eyes are so bad, that even when I wear my contacts, I need reading glasses to see. So I ended up wearing glasses all day at work anyway. So I stopped wearing contacts at work. But, I do wear my contacts from time to time. Depends on where I'm going to be, and for how long. My eyes get very tired from wearing contacts lately. Sigh.... Getting older. :(

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  37. Good luck with the glasses! I have worn contacts since 6th grade (which means I'm somewhere around a quarter century of life with them). I have a pair of glasses for a prescription that I had at least 15 years ago, and which I only wear if I get pink eye. I'm pretty sure my husband has not ever seen me in glasses. I am not sure I could do what you're doing - I don't think I would recognize myself with glasses!

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  38. I am right there with you! I have terrible vision. I had glasses that I barely wore from 4th grade- high school. But, I muddled through and wore them to see the board in class and to drive. Then in college I realized one day that I couldn't see people 10 feet away. So, I went and got contacts. Love them. In the past year I needed to get bifocal contacts- which means I can't see far or near quite as well as I need to, but I can definitely see both to some degree. I needed reading glasses about 3 years ago, which my eye doctor told me was a little young, but nothing could be done. I just found out my eye is still changing and now I have added another thing to my prescription- so my new glasses (got them two days ago) are taking some adjusting to for sure. I wear glasses after work and part of the weekend- but the rest of the time I wear contacts.

    Your new glasses look adorable. I didn't know about buying such nice pairs online. I will have to try that out next time. :) Good luck!

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  39. Wow, thanks for the heads up! That's great information to have. I've gotten several pair of reading glasses but didn't realize I could do it with prescription.

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  40. 2 years ago I had to start wearing reading glasses in order to read a book or any small print. I found a site online that tells you too sit back from the screen a few inches and then lets you read a chart and when ever line you can read is the strength reading glasses you need. So I ordered three pairs of reading glasses in that strength and they have helped so much.

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  41. No. Don't tell me this is a possibility. I've been wearing contacts since I was 14, and there's no way I could deal with glasses again.

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  42. I've been wearing glasses and contacts since I turned 20. My vision is also changing. I can't see close up with contacts and bifocals don't work for me. Happily I can still read & write without glasses, but need to wear reading glasses if I'm wearing contacts to see close up. What a pain!
    My 82 y/o mother has worn glasses since she was a teen. She recently had a lens implant and doesn't need glasses anymore. Cool. I just have to wait until I'm 80...

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  43. I switch between my contacts and glasses. I love my glasses though so they get a lot more wear these days.

    I am always hesitant to buy glasses online because my prescription is so high but I would love to have a couple of fun, cute pairs.

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  44. Aha and I wear contact lenses because I have this deluded thought it makes me look better. What I have noticed is that it's darn annoying noticing the "L" and the "R" when I'm wearing my contact lenses. As least I know there in the correct eye.

    Thanks for a post that I could focus on. Actually, what did I just type? :)

    Gary

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  45. I laughed out loud when I read the part about you couldn't get them out of your eyes! I've been wearing hard lenses since I was 17 and I'm lucky I have no problems with them but I had a friend... who when she first got them couldn't get them out -- so she would walk to my house so that I could help her with it! Especially if she got one out of place.

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