I finally broke down and got new glasses. It had been 4 years since my last eye exam and I could tell it was time to get my prescription updated. It is actually very easy for me to tell when I need new glasses because I’ll catch myself reading with my right eye closed. I’d been doing that for a while.
The part of buying new glasses that is always most challenging is selecting the frames. I keep glasses for several years so I always think I should take the opportunity to try a new look. Unfortunately, the frames I like on other people don’t look good on my face, at least not to my eye. Invariably there is much wringing of hands before I settle on something and even more cognitive dissonance once I start wearing them. But eventually I get used to them. I think I like the new ones. The look is a change and, most importantly, I can read with both eyes open again.
In the spirit of Throwback Thursday I decided to take a stroll through the frames of yesteryear. I started wearing glasses to read when I was 12 – 13 and have been wearing glasses full-time since I surrendered to the inevitability of bifocals around the turn of the century… the 21st century. I don’t have all my old glasses. but this probably covers most of the past 3 decades.
This was my only venture to light-adaptive lenses. I always thought it sounded cool but they don’t darken inside the car so the only time I saw any benefit was when driving the convertible or reading outdoors. I still use them for that.
My first bifocals. I like the look of these and I still wear them occasionally.
This is an example of something that would have looked good on someone else.
They are too small for my face.
I don’t hate these even now.
Unfortunately, when reading, they are only slightly better than wearing no glasses at all.
I have no idea what I was thinking
They gave me these oh-so-fashionable shades so I could drive home with dilated pupils.
I briefly considered just going with these…very briefly.