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Shopping for new Glasses

I've been wearing the same frames for about eight years now, I think. For many years, my eyes had the same prescription but about two years ago, I had to go to multifocal lenses. Not finding any frames I liked at that time, I simply had the lenses replaced in my old frames. Those frames are showing their wear & tear however and I'm unsure how long they will last.

After making my appointment this morning, I looked at some of the frames on offer, quickly narrowing the selection down to about three. For laughs, I took pics of myself wearing each, as well as one with my current glasses. Combining those into a single photo, I posted it to FaceBook and Instagram to get feedback & reactions.

My favourite of the new frames received favourable reactions but to my surprise, my existing frames were the runaway favourite. Possible reasons:
  1. My friends are accustomed to seeing my existing glasses and are therefore unconsciously biased to the familiar;
  2. My current glasses are already an excellent choice for my face, my complexion, and facial hair colour, so the other candidates have a high bar to reach;
  3. My friends have the same taste, good or bad, as I do.


In any case, my eye exam is tomorrow morning. If my prescription hasn't changed, I may skip new glasses entirely. If it has changed and new glasses are warranted, I may defer the purchase for a couple of weeks to consider other frames.

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tdjohnsn
Oct. 25th, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
I would still be wearing the same frames too since I hate that sort of change and it doesn't take much to make me feel awkward about my appearance. But, I realized my look was getting sort of dated, so what I did is i had the guy at the glasses place pick out options for me. That will only work if you go someplace cool though. My optician works out of a place that the entire design and arts community gets their glasses, and the guys who run the shop wear glasses I could never pull off in a hundred years. What that means though is that the baseline glasses are a million times more on trend than anything at Costco. And, at least at Market Optical were we get our glasses, the frames and glass are amazing quality.

What's that? No. No, this doesn't work at Sam's Club. Yes, I can hear your credit card sobbing from here.
bjarvis
Oct. 25th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
Well, I was shopping at Costco for replacement glasses...
tdjohnsn
Oct. 25th, 2016 03:01 am (UTC)
Well, and on a non-fashion note, Costco is fine for single vision, but glass quality really matters for progressive lenses. The difference between my first progressive lenses which I got on the cheap, and the second set after my optician gave me a lecture on glass quality, was like night and day. (I was ready to give up on progressive lenses entirely, but with high quality lenses I don't have any problems at all.) I'm not sure how to shop for that though.
jkusters
Oct. 25th, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
Sneaky man! Which one was the current frames?
bjarvis
Oct. 25th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
Pic #2, second from the top. The photo in which you can really see the crow's feet. *sigh*

In fact, the same glasses in my LJ userpic here.

Edited at 2016-10-25 02:11 am (UTC)
jkusters
Oct. 25th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
I believe that was my runner up. :-)
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