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12 November 2015 @ 09:57 pm
Eye test  
Feeling really ambivalent about tomorrow. I'm booked in for an eye exam at lunchtime - and while that by itself is fine, it's followed by the ordeal of picking glasses. I hate it! It's so hard to tell if I'm going to like the way they look, because when I try them on I have to take off my current ones and I can't see. I've spent my lunch breaks over the last few days going from shop to shop looking at frames and I think I've sorted the ones that I want - and the optometrist has offered to take photos of me so I can check how they look, which is pretty helpful - but I still worry I'm going to end up with something I'll regret. And as I've just spent the last three years regretting my walking-around glasses, I don't want to do that again.

And it's the triple-whammy this time; reading glasses (with multifocal close and computer distance lenses), walking around / driving glasses (multifocal with three grades including long distance) and sunglasses, again multifocal with three grades. So that's three decisions to make *sigh*. I'm actually considering having new lenses put in my time-before-last reading glasses which I now only use to watch TV, to try and keep the cost down.

I really do need new ones, though, as it's got to the point that my eyes start stinging as soon as I put my reading glasses on, and then they water. I let it go too long this time, putting it off because it's such a trial to choose.

My new car had its first service today. It comes with free servicing for the first three years / 60000km and in order to not void the free servicing I have to make sure that it is done at the stipulated intervals. The first service is just a check-over to make sure everything is okay and meant to be done at 3000km / one month, whichever came first. So there I am, handing over the keys to the car which I've had for exactly one month, and it has a whole 345km on the clock. Seemed a bit silly really.
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Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on November 12th, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC)
I used to keep my glasses forever, only changing the lenses when necessary.
Mainly because of the cost (my particular eye problems made for costly lenses; adding in the cost of the frame? Expensive!) And glasses are not covered by my insurance.

Cataracts kind of fixed the problem :-/

I still use the same glasses I bought before I had my first cataract operation in 2007. Of course, they are only reading glasses now, and I usually don't need them on the computer...

I hope you can find something you like!
Can't you have a friend go with you?

Good luck!
miwahni: MFU Keep Calm Open Channel Dmiwahni on November 15th, 2015 06:56 am (UTC)
The appointment is in my lunchbreak so not possible to take a friend unfortunately, but it's a good suggestion.
I don't have health insurance, but put away funds each pay towards the next upgrade. Still it usually falls a bit short.
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on November 12th, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
I soooo sympathize. A few years ago I had to give up contacts for bifocals. Being incredibly vain, I was devastated. And of course you can't see how you look when trying on glasses. I do get the top of the line variety (with Transitions lens) to assuage my vanity, but they are extremely expensive. On the other hand, my glasses are a part of my identity so I try to justify the cost. Good luck to you, babe. Remember we are all beautiful souls, no matter our outward appearance.
miwahni: S&H Mean Streetsmiwahni on November 15th, 2015 06:58 am (UTC)
They're such a necessity, though, and you have to live with your choices for a few years, so I reckon we're justified in assuaging our vanity by choosing the ones that make us feel the best.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] DRAMAdraycevixen on November 12th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
A lot of the glasses places here are set up to take your photo in multiple frames so you can compare them all directly in one image. It's very popular. :D

It's also becoming quite the trend here to buy frames online. Apparently the prices are a lot more reasonable and they ship you a box with several choices and you decide what to keep and then send the rest back. A lot more budget friendly if you need multiple frames.

My eye insurance covers most of the cost of my glasses but I have to buy them at certain locations so I can't take advantage of those online places.

I actually see better with my contact lenses than with my glasses but then it's amazing how many different things they can adjust with contacts nowadays.
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on November 15th, 2015 07:00 am (UTC)
OOoh I wish we had something like that - it would make the decision a lot easier.

I haven't tried contact lenses - maybe that's worth a go.

Also haven't seen the online places you mention; might have to brush up on my google-fu.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] DRAMAdraycevixen on November 15th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
LensCrafters is one of the big companies here that has that service to compare lenses. Here's their webpage I don't know if any of that will work for you outside the US but I thought I'd link you, just in case.

Contact lenses have come a very long way in about the last five years. My Duette lenses, for instance, are hard in the middle and soft around the edges so they have the comfort of soft lenses but the rigid part in the middle means they can make a lot of complex adjustments for me.

I'm not sure which online glasses places would be operating in Australia -- they advertise a lot of them on TV here -- but it should be a pretty easy google search.

miwahni: Pros B & D doorwaymiwahni on November 16th, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
I shall look, thanks. I'm such a babe in the woods about some things - I didn't even know you could re-use your old frames until recently.
Trepkostrepkos on November 12th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
I like octagonal frames, so I've taken to buying my frames second-hand on E-bay. My optician says the ones I've bought are better quality than new ones that get made today.
miwahni: AoTB horsesmiwahni on November 15th, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
Octagonal frames sound interesting! Very retro, which is a look that I like. I wouldn't have thought of looking on ebay.
Trepkos: Arthur and Kai smiletrepkos on November 15th, 2015 09:02 am (UTC)
Michael Gothard used to wear octagonal frames - I'm so impressionable!
miwahni: AoTB hugmiwahni on November 16th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
That's all the reason you need, really. *g*
sunray45: B&D Foxholesunray45 on November 13th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
You should have let us know sooner, then you could have taken selfies of the ones you most favoured and put the photos on here. Then we could give you our considered opinion about your choices.

Oh my! That is a lot of glasses, but worth it so that you can see properly. I have used old frames before for reading glasses, as they only get worn at home.

Good luck! ♥
miwahni: Pros Ray purgingmiwahni on November 15th, 2015 07:03 am (UTC)
Heh you're kidding, right? *g* I don't want to break the interwebs.

My reading glasses are on my face all day at work so they have to be comfortable, and something I can live with.

Thank you :-)