I have horrible vision. Vision in the literal sense, that is. My vision for making America "great again" on the other hand is second to none.
My eyesight is particularly poor in my left eye. This was discovered in elementary school when I got a black eye from catching a Foxtail Ball with my face. My astigmatism is so profound that I have never been able to wear contacts. Unfortunately for my shins, I've never really warmed to the idea of wearing glasses on a regular basis either, and therefore spatial awareness has never really been my thing.
I opt to instead magnify when reading from screens and to see the rest of the world in a bit of a blur, my own personal Instagram filter. I kind of like it that way. That is, except for on the rare occasions that I happen to catch my own reflection with my glasses on. It is then that I realize the serious damage that squinting so consistently is doing to the skin on my face....and also how desperately I need to pluck my eyebrows, and how, "Wow! this counter could really stand to be wiped off."
Out of sight out of mind.
It's times like that when I begin to think my resistance to wearing glasses possibly stems from just having never found the right pair, and that maybe it's worth another attempt.
As anyone who wears glasses knows, it is very difficult to try on sample glasses with the temporary fake plastic lenses when your actual lenses feel much heavier and thus impact how the frames will actually fit and feel. Plus, there's the fact that you are looking at yourself in "glasses" without the added perk of having real glasses on... being able to see.
This has consistently resulted in me feeling "meh" about nearly every pair of glasses I've ever had. This is an issue because my eyeglasses typically cost approximately one arm and one leg. The high price is due in large part to the fact that the vision in my left eye is about 6x worse than the vision in my right eye and therefore I need to order the absolute thinnest lenses to avoid the appearance of a permanent Popeye expression; and althoughTarget clearance clothes makes up a large portion of my closet, when it comes to eyewear I am somehow always drawn to the Burberrys and the.... other fancy brand names that I can't even think of because that's how much of a style expert I am.
Last year I tried to order from the hip new affordable site, Warby Parker, but after submitting my order, a customer service rep. contacted me to report that my vision was too poor for any of their frames. So I opted again for the LensCrafters route, and again was feeling "meh" with the results.
Recently, I stumbled upon Eyebuydirect.com, a similar online website for buying affordable eyeglasses. There return policy seemed really great, and their frames looked cute and very affordable so I scrolled through the numerous options before landing on the perfect tortoise shell plastic frames. I saw no disclaimers for specific vision prescriptions and placed my order only to hear quickly from their customer service representative who reported that my selection was not an option for my prescription. This time however, rather than reject me altogether, they provided me with three specifications which included a specific frame-width, and that they must be full-framed and wire-rimmed.
Not exactly what I had in mind.
The upload-a-photo option didn't exactly do much to sway my opinion either:
Regardless, the price was so inexpensive, so I bit the bullet and ordered them. Upon their arrival, the at-home do I like these!? selfie binge-fest began.
Same couch, different day
Let's see how they look from this angle, and do they go well with my KC Royals garb?
Trick question. obviously they do. Everything goes with KC Royals blue.
Now, how about this exact same angle, on the same couch with the same blanket on a different day, but now I'm holding a glass of wine.... Much better
Honestly, I'm not sold on the appearance of these frames, but I can say that they are the clearest/lightest (and cheapest by about $400) glasses that I have ever had, and because of that, I'll do my best to hone a John Lennon vibe to go with these new circular wire frames.
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