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Armani to Disney - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Armani to Disney
Last week the right lens popped out of my glasses at the gym, causing me a bit of panic until I finally got it back in such that it would stay. My right eye is my good eye, and if I can't see out of it, I am severely impaired. This prompted me to finally go to the eye doctor and get new glasses for the first time in way too long.

One of the reasons I had put it off for so long was that new glasses for me cost roughly two arms and two legs. I'm 20/400 uncorrected and I do not correct to 20/20. Through is some wacky astigmatism and other stuff and you have a recipe for very expensive eyeglasses. I have insurance, but it only just scratches the surface of the bill for me. My vision hadn't been getting worse and I like my current frames, and I'd been busy for the past several years trying to reproduce, so I didn't bother with the eye doctor. Now my glasses are falling apart mere weeks before I expect to have a second set of hands batting at my face, so it suddenly became very high priority.

Given the mint I have to spend to get new lenses, I have no qualms about buying designer frames. Besides, I wear my glasses every waking minute of every day except on those very rare occasions when I use contacts, so it's absolutely worth it to get nice frames. My current much-beloved-but-clearly-on-there-last-legs frames are by Armani. Sadly, when I went to pick out frames this time I was at a loss. Just about every set of frames in the shop was of the short and wide rectangular style, from the cheap frames to the designer ones. I know it's fashionable just now, but it's a style that absolutely will not work for my face, and with a prescription like mine it leads to very unflattering coke bottle edges. I need frames with small round lenses and the closest thing I could find were short wide ovals. In pure desperation I went to the kids section. I have a small face, so kids frames will sometimes work for me. I did manage to find a somewhat workable set of frames there. They are still squat ovals, but at least they aren't any wider than my current frames. They are by Disney and I'm just counting my lucky stars that they don't say so anywhere obvious on the frames.

I hoping the current fashion in frames doesn't last as long as the over-sized octagons craze I had to endure during the 80s. Armani, please make me some small John Lennon style frames in gold wire real soon now and all will be forgiven.
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gryphon2k From: gryphon2k Date: January 15th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I am so with you on this. Especially when they moved me over to bifocals last year, and said that I couldn't get frames smaller than a certain size because the lenses had to be bigger to accommodate the different focal points. I am also a big fan of small, round lenses, and absolutely hate the rectangular styles that are so popular right now. I managed to get the smallest ovals that they would let me, and they are acceptable, even if they did look at me funny when I looked in the "mens" section of the frames.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 16th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's a little weird that glasses are a gendered accessory. Of course they looked at me funny too when I declared my intent to look in the kids section, until I tried on the first set of kids frames and they realized that yes, my face really is that small.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: January 16th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't even think my face is that small and I have to usually get the smallest adult size.

I am sorry they aren't making what you like. I am pretty sure just 2-3 years ago round frames were the rage and they look terrible on my face.

I have similar issues. I have to get small lenses so I don't get coke bottles. I pay an arm and a leg for the glasses even with the discount, this time was absurd! I buy extra high index to get them thin, plus a surcharge for the prescription itself, etc. The frames are such a minor part of the expense I try and find the MOST DURABLE ones that looks good. (oh and then getting the matching sunglass clips too) I am doomed when in a few years I need bifocals!

I had to replace mine this year as Juliette wrecked my last pair, (twice even) she climbed up, got a hold of them and torqued the frame, managed to bend it open and twist it at the hinge which was the death knell. My optician got it back into shape but said I could open or close the hinge anymore! I never had a problem with my glasses pre kids! So guard them carefully around BOTH kids, 2 year olds are the worst.

This time I got he silhouttes. http://www.silhouette.com/ I would have never thought to do rimless, but they claim they are pretty durable, the little metal they have can flex (and no hinges) And then the shape is a little less critical.

Contact are so much cheaper than glasses, but my eyes are just too dry to make that practical.
fredrickegerman From: fredrickegerman Date: January 15th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seem to be pretty successful at editing people's glasses out of my mental images of them (certainly in your case, but you're not the only one!). I have much more trouble with the current fashion---they just look too clunky for my brain to excise it would seem. It bugged me a lot when (eg) guy 3 levels up my management chain started wearing them and I suddenly noticed his glasses. After having first known the guy 18 years ago or so (yes, he had glasses then).
psychohist From: psychohist Date: January 15th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reminds me of when I first got contacts (which I now rarely wear). Close friends said, "you look different, but I'm not sure exactly how." Acquaintances said, "you look familiar, but I'm not sure where I've seen you before."
fredrickegerman From: fredrickegerman Date: January 15th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I don't think I could say for sure if you wore glasses or not either. :-)
fredrickegerman From: fredrickegerman Date: January 15th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Er by them I mean the current clunky glasses fashion.]
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