I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12 years old. My first pair had plastic blue frames that were so large that they included half my cheeks in their scope. When I was 15, after months of begging, I finally convinced my parents that I was in desperate need of contacts. For most of my high school years, every morning I inserted thin plastic discs into my eyes. I had the same pair of hard contacts until last spring (for those of you who are counting, that means I made a single pair of rigid gas permeable contact lenses last over 12 years).
In the last few years, I’ve shifted more and more to wearing my glasses. Most nights, I don’t get as much sleep each night as is ideal and putting hard contacts in your eyes when you’re tired is really uncomfortable. The glasses I’ve been wearing date back early spring of 2005 and were scratched and on the verge of breaking. I’d been thinking about getting a new pair for a while when Roz Twittered about a glasses website that had gotten good reviews. After digging around to find my prescription, I looked at a few frames and on a whim, placed an order. I’d never purchased glasses that I hadn’t tried on before so this was quite the leap of faith (although including shipping, they only cost $53 so I figured if they didn’t work, I wouldn’t be out too much money).
They arrived today, packed in a small box that was carefully and lovingly padded (the glasses were swathed in soft cotton wads, wrapped in a polishing cloth, protected by a plastic bag and inserted in a hard-sided case. The case was wrapped in bubble wrap and then secured in the box with some styrofoam peanuts. They were serious about protecting your glasses).
The best part? They look awesome. I am in love with my new glasses. I took several pictures, although none of them are terrific (I am not particularly gifted at taking pictures of myself). Here’s the best one (I was on the phone with my mother at the time). Oh, and you can’t see it so well in the picture, but the sides are sort of a deep berry color. I LOVE them.