||[Jul. 31st, 2010|09:03 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I made my annual trip to Edmonton today for my eye test, and it appears that I need glasses. I could get away without them, but the optician recommended I get some, and I suppose I should.|
I know nothing about glasses though. How do you know what type to buy? How much does a reasonable looking pair cost? I'll obviously lose them/break them all the time won't I?
While I'm in an advice asking mood, what's the team's opinion of cutting old jeans down to make shorts? Is this still acceptable for grownups in the high fashion world of 2010?
When I first started wearing glasses, I kind of broke myself in slowly; for the first year or two I only actually wore them at work, and used to put them on and take them off at the door to the buidling.
I decided in advance that I'd go for the John Lennon style. I was quite pissed off when Harry Potter then started wearing them several months later.
Try the Glasses Direct website. I believe they're good. Or Specsavers will often being doing a two for one thing, which means you'll spend about £70-100.
I went to Vision Express twice, they fucked up both times.
I've been wearing glasses for ... about 27 years now. I've never broken a pair, despite my general clumsiness. I suspect needing to be able to see is a factor, but generally, as long as you're wearing them, they're not so easy to break. If you're worried about damage, start with a cheapish pair, so it's not a disaster if something does happen. You don't say if you need to wear them all the time or just for certain tasks... Either way, make sure you like the way they feel on your face!
For long distance, near distance, or everything?
The lenses cost what the lenses cost, apart from do you want glass or plastic or thin plastic, and do you want then coated. The real expense is in the frames. Which is why I spent some years in the basic NHS style frame (not unfashionable at the time)
I'm not convinced about the coatings, unless you do a lot of night-time driving in the rain, when glare is an issue. Plastic is lighter, but if it's a mild scrip the glass would be fairly thin anyway. I don't really believe the plastic is more scratch-resistant.
Frames that can resist being sat on (etc) cost more than it's worth, I think. OTOH since mine were always on my head the chance of sitting on them (etc) was remote.
Expect to spend anything from 100 to 500 depending on the scrip and the cost of the only frames you find acceptable. Consider getting the scrip then checking out frame selections at several other places. Including Costco!
Cut down jeans - going by what I saw at Field Day yesterday, seems quite the done thing. Of course, there was a high twat quotient...
Cutting down jeans: fine as long as you hem them properly, otherwise you start looking like a surfer. Alas hemming jeans is kinda hellish if you're not used to sewing with denim - you need a denim needle for yr sewing machine or thumbs of steel if yr hand-sewing.
If you're not naturally prone to breaking things all the time I wouldn't worry about the breaking bit. I've known people where it's been worth their money shelling out for less breakable frames but they identified that it was a problem by the alarming regularity with which they broke their glasses.
I've been wearing specs for just over a year for reading/computer/xboxing and I just picked up a new pair for £25 inc lenses from Spec Savers. I ordered them about 5pm on Friday and got them at 11am yesterday morning.
Glasses are great! Though you could always get contacts if you don't like them. I have always gone to Specsavers and got the two-for-one deal where I've got two pairs for about £80. So I have a spare pair if I break them or lose them. However, despite being very clumsy and forgetful, this almost never happens - my glasses are either on my face or beside my bed. I did break one pair by dancing too enthusiastically at Poptimism once, mind.
As for what type to buy, you just try them all on and decide which ones look best. The optician or someone in the shop should be able to point out a few which go well with the shape of your face. I was pretty sure last time that I wanted ones with chunky, colourful frames, but then I tried some on and I looked like Su Pollard.