Thursday, July 19, 2012

Oh glasses how I hate thee....

I have been wearing glasses for about 10 years.  I tried contacts several times.  But according to my  eye doctor, I fall into the 1% or so of people my age that cannot wear contacts due to the shape of my eye not just their age.  (Tis true, the older you get, the less likely you are able to wear contacts.  How sad.)  A separate shape that doesn't have anything to do with stimgmatism. Big stinky bummer.  I would love lasik, but unfortunately, dropping $4000 on my eyes isn't in the budget and probably never will be.

I have always gone to places like Vision World, etc. where they have the buy one get one half off deals.  And it still is like $200-300 for two pairs of glasses.  Then one day I saw a friend who had on a cute pair and she said she paid $10 bucks for them.  I almost peed my pants a little.

She got them from a website called

Most of the glasses are super cheap, like $7.  The you can pay an additional $5 get non-glare (definitely do this!), or turn them into sunglasses.  I thought I would post a few pictures of the glasses I got.  Maybe zenni optical will find my post and decide to give me free glasses for life! 

I wear this pair the most often.

I have yet to wear these in public.  For some reason they make me think of some crazy, obscenely liberal librarian.  They are much more fierce in person then on the website.  Perhaps this will teach me to buy anything zebra striped that I plan to wear on my body.  

These aren't that great, and I think I have only worn them out of the house one or two times.  Sometimes you hit a great pair, and sometimes they come home and they suck a little bit.  But at $10 it's not a big deal if it doesn't work.  I'll cut my loss and use them in the garden or to play sports.  Plus notice how they sit on my face crooked?  Apparently my ears are uneven.  And one nice lady I worked with when I used to have a job (several years ago when I thought I was going to have a career and then ended up with 3 more kids a year later...), mentioned  that they sat on my face crooked.  She then took them off my face and laid them on the table to see if one of the sides was bent.  When they looked fine she gave them back to me and told me that it must be my uneven ears.  

Green frames.  To bring out the green in my hazel eyes.  Not that you can tell from this picture.

These ones don't have the anti-glare on them.  I forgot to- oops!  

Sunglasses.  I have never in my life worn sunglasses before because I was just too cheap to spend the money prescription sunglasses.  But now I can afford to have them, but I may still be adjusting to looking out at the world and have it be funny colored.

I had to try the whole aviator thing, I am just of the right age to have loved Tom Cruise as a pilot in Top Gun.  But that was before the whole crazy into Scientology path he went down.

So I got these 7 pair of glasses for about $80 TOTAL.  You upload a picture of yourself to the site and virtually try on glasses.  It is actually kind of fun and you will more than likely spend hours getting sucked in by seriously thousands of glasses to choose from.  And since they are so cheap, you can get literally loads of them and change them all the time.  Or if you have kids who are perhaps not so gentle on them this is the perfect thing.  It is way less painful to break a $15 pair of glasses then a $150.

Okay, seriously, this was not paid by Zenni in anyway, although it definitely sounds like it was!  If you wear glasses you will definitely want to check this out.  You will need to know the pupilary distance of your eyes to help find glasses that fit the width of your face.  Grab a ruler and measure from the middle of one pupil to the middle of the other and there you go.  I think it's done in cm or mm, not inches.  And don't worry if you aren't super accurate.  My friend's hubby is an eye doc. and he told us that pupilary distance isn't that super crucial unless you are dealing with bifocals.  But just get someone to help you and then you are accurate!


  1. Sorry about the white high-lighted sentences lately. I have no idea how that is happening and when I write the posts I can't find anywhere that it's going on. Hopefully it's just a glitch and it will just eventually go away!

  2. You're the second person to mention zennioptical in as many days. I'm taking it as a sign to finally get new glasses - mine lost a screw the other day, that goodness the sides have four or I'd have one side without an I don't know what it's called but the part that hooks behind your ear.