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Spec ta cles - A little less than a happy high
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Spec ta cles
I had guessed as much, but my visit today confirmed that I need glasses. They're strictly for distance, and a mild perscription at that, but if I intend to stop being Mr. Squinty I'll need to invest in some brand new accessories.

Truth be known, I'm strangely intimidated at the prospect of getting lenses and frames. Since many of you are veterans at this game, can you tell me what I might expect and what I should be looking for? Better, anyone want to come with? I could use a second pair of eyes so I don't end up walking away with glasses that make me look like Elton John or possibly a bug.

What say you?
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plumtreeblossom From: plumtreeblossom Date: January 23rd, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You'll enjoy having them. You can give yourself a new look instantly. Even better if you get two pairs that look different from one another.

bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: January 23rd, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
i am fantastic at picking out glasses for other people. the process involves a lot of shaking my head at what the person thinks they might like though... if that wouldn't annoy the piss out of you, sure, i'd love to go with!
laughingwoman From: laughingwoman Date: January 23rd, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
my philosophy in spectacles is that you're going to have them on your face and so you should buy a pair of frames that you really, really like and prepare to spend on them. the last pair of frames i had were from l.a. eyeworks, and i really liked them. i paid over $400 for them at the time, and they lasted 11 years. this year i had to get a new pair and knew it before the calendar year started, so i set aside a hefty amount for them in my flex-spending account. i opted for a pair of lafonts, and i am very happy with them. i also paid a little bit extra for this "no glare" coating on the lenses which really do make a difference in driving at night, looking at reflective surfaces, etc.

oh, and it really did help to go with someone who had a sense of me and what looked good on me. i don't know that i would have picked up the frames i ended up with if r. hadn't been with me.

good luck and happy shopping!
canonfire From: canonfire Date: January 23rd, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. It's within walking distance of our flat.

I'm sure cinemama can tell you a good place for frames.
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: January 23rd, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooooh, they have VERY nice frames and are really nice.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: January 23rd, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ye gods! Another New Haven librarian! I'm sure we've crossed paths. Do you, perhaps, work in Sterling?
canonfire From: canonfire Date: January 23rd, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
or do I already know you?
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: January 24th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I DO work in Sterling (though not for much longer)
AND
you do know me. :)
canonfire From: canonfire Date: January 24th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

"a little dense this morning." or "I'll take mystery librarians for $500, Alex."

So I ran into you at the museum a few weeks ago?

faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: January 24th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "a little dense this morning." or "I'll take mystery librarians for $500, Alex."

You did indeed.
My apologies, I think you were the first person I had spoken to that day.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: January 24th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "a little dense this morning." or "I'll take mystery librarians for $500, Alex."

Quite all right. I had just finished gazing at Matthew Barney's phone created entirely of chilled vaseline. I was a bit out of it, myself.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: January 23rd, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glasses are the best. You'll be wearing them every day, so spend some money on good frames and make sure they fit properly. My brother dropped for some Gucci frames to replace his old wire frames and the difference is amazing. A good pair of specs can make you look like a million bucks and the ladies will go wild for your sharpness. Bring at least two interested and fashionable people with you when picking out frames.
tenillypo From: tenillypo Date: January 23rd, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ass other have said, glasses, like mattresses, are worth spending good money on. My best advice is to take your time and don't be afraid to try on pairs that don't look like something you might like. Sometimes they end up looking very different on your face.
khep From: khep Date: January 23rd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to be an optician *^__^*

Frames: Find something you like but try not to get frames that are too small. They look cute, but some frames are so small that when wearing them you see your Rx through the lense, and then the space around it is a difference focus, and it can get irritating once the lenses have your Rx in them.

Lenses: Your prescription is probably so mild that plastic lenses would be okay (not too thick, etc.), but if you'd like to go a little fancier, Polycarbonate lenses are thin, shatter-'safe', and come with UV coating and scratch-proof-coating.

Things to look out for:

+ Polycarbonate lenses COME WITH UV coating and scratch-proof coating. Don't let a shop make you pay for these as extras. Polycarbonate lenses can't be made without them.
+ Anti-Reflective Coating cuts down on glare (this is used in movies even), but it attracts dirt to the lenses in a way unlike lenses that don't have it. You'll have to clean them more often. Don't listen if they say the manufacturer has 'fixed' that- they're wrong.

Good luck!

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watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: January 23rd, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. bring a friend who you trust and know to be brutally honest and patient.
2. take your time. i can not stress this enough. plan to be in the store for at least an hour or two trying on pair after pair of frames.
From: lastcallforcorn Date: January 23rd, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
exactly what i was going to say.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: January 23rd, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, clearly, I can't help you pick them out, and I certainly have no additional advice on specifications. But as a person who's worn glasses since she was in 6th grade I can say, who-hoo!!

Glasses are sex-ay, man! :)
transcribe From: transcribe Date: January 23rd, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
i prefer plastic frames, but that's me. wire don't seem to last as long and since they are sooo expensive...

my system is, walk through the entire store/boutique gathering all the ones you *might* like, stopping now and then to try on and whittle out the no's. hold onto the maybe's and yes's... don't put them down until you are POSITIVE you don't want them because you'll never find them again. narrow the choices down as far as you can and then take a picture. go home and think about it for a day, about what you need them for, what you will be wearing them with, cost, etc. maybe it's just me, but i can't commit to a $500 dollar purchase without considering it for a while.

good luck!
post photos!
transcribe From: transcribe Date: January 23rd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
p.s. i LOVE the anti-glare coating. it's much better than it was even 2 years ago. i would never go without it. i clean my glasses with a chamoise all the time anyway because i'm obsessed about making them last.
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