How Often Do You Get New (eye) Glasses?
Just wondering...trying to decide how frugal to be in this regard. I got my current glasses about 2 years ago and they're starting to get a little scratched and worn -- you know, the screws keep coming loose, they won't stay adjusted for long, just a little wonky. I can still see fine with them, but that's no proof my eyes haven't changed.
My eyes are terrible. I have very bad astigmatism in one eye and both are nearsighted. So I NEED my glasses. One time they broke and boy oh boy, I was LOST. I live in fear that I'll be out somewhere with the kids, my glasses will break and I'll be unable to drive us home! I've worked and driven with one earpiece missing before. Not fun. And yeah -- here's proof that I'm cheap (or practical!): One time I got two pairs of glasses - one was sunglasses because the shop had a buy one get one 1/2 off sale and I love having prescription sunglasses (haven't done it since though, that was ~12 years ago) so I made a point of getting both the same frame style. I figured that way if my glasses broke, I could just pop the lenses into the sunglasses frames. And that's exactly what I did a couple years later! Lasted another year that way.
But you know, I usually wait to replace them until they're falling apart beyond repair - something serious breaks, a lens gets chipped, etc. Or I start getting headaches or having trouble seeing. Could be 5 years if I'm lucky. Right now there's no need, really...except...
My husband does not like them.
And here's where this post threatens to turn into yet another rant about my husband's infuriating passive-aggressive nature...I may digress into how miffed at him I am about a couple other things this evening, like how he forgot our son's Scout meeting and got home too late to take him, so I had to...but no, I won't do it. The point is this: He waited TWO YEARS to tell me that he NEVER LIKED MY GLASSES. He thought I picked out terribly unflattering frames, but didn't bother saying so.
Folks, I got them from Lenscrafters, and they offer a 30-day deal that if you don't like them, you can exchange them for a different pair -- bad frame choice, lenses not quite right, whatever. If he'd told me THEN, I could've picked something ELSE.
Here's another question for you -- when you get glasses, do you pick them out yourself or take someone with you to help you choose?
I've never been the team-shopper type; you know how ladies will go shopping together so they can ask each other "how does this look?" "Does this make me look fat?" (Uh...no honey, your FAT makes you look fat, LOL) Not I. I can buy a pair of jeans or a dress just fine on my own, thanks. That's why they have mirrors. But glasses? I dunno...maybe my eyes were still dialated from the exam when I picked them out. I liked them.
Note -- of course he would prefer I wear contacts. I had them a couple years ago when I started working in an outside-the-home part time job, and I liked them fine. But then I quit that and started my home-based business, and though I still wore the contacts for business meetings, I found that I could not STAND to wear them while working at the computer. Since that's how I spent 99% of my working time, it seemed rather impractical to even have the contacts, which were supposed to be replaced every 3 months. So forget it. I'm not THAT vain.