Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I've always known I'd end up wearing glasses sooner or later. You can't argue with genetics: both my parents wear them, and my sister got her first pair of before she turned ten. In addition, I was an avid bookworm, and I would read lying down, in the car and in the dark (sounds like Green Eggs and Ham, doesn't it). My parents told me I was straining my eyes but I didn't really listen. My vision was perfect and I didn't understand what it meant to be nearsighted, except when I tried their eyeglasses on for kicks and saw everything blurred.
Still, I managed to hold out until early adulthood. I got my first pair of prescription glasses when I was in college. I didn't need them all the time, just when I was sitting at the back of the room and needed to see what the professors were writing on the chalkboard. I didn't even care what they looked like, I just got the cheapest pair that I didn't have to wait two weeks for.
My vision stayed at about a +0.5 grade in both eyes all through college, and rose only slightly, to about +1.0 or +1.5 over the next 4 or 5 years. It was only when I entered business school that I realized I could no longer see well enough to drive without my glasses. From then on I wore glasses full-time. They became a part of my face, and I really began to pay attention to what the frames looked like and how they suited me.
I've never found it easy to find a pair of glasses that flatter my face and my features. I have a square-ish, wide set face and many times the frame is too narrow for me. Most optician's offices and eyeglasses centers have a good choice, but half of them are too narrow, a quarter of them I just don't like, and the rest are too expensive. I'm so glad there are online sites that sell a wide range of prescription eyeglasses for all face shapes, personalities and prescriptions! If it's true that the eyes are the windows to the soul, then my glasses frame my soul -- they are one of the first things about me that people (pardon the pun) focus on, so it's worth investing my time and money to find a pair that suits me.
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