Eyeglasses and I first met in fourth grade when it became apparent that I had trouble seeing the chalkboard. My first pair was a classic tortoise-shell style rather like the ones above. Unfortunately, my frames had little Superman emblems on the side, a small detail I failed to notice when I first tried them on. I was teased ruthlessly by an especially nasty “friend” and spent the year squinting at the board rather than hear endless comments about my dorky taste in accessories. This would probably make most nine-year olds never want to wear glasses again. It just made me want to pick out a different pair.
Over the years I have owned, and loved, many eyeglasses. The optometrist who sold me my very first pair of Superman frames still takes care of my eyes. He sells really unusual, beautiful designer eyewear. With experience I’ve learned that the more unusual the frame, the happier I am wearing them. Although the glasses my optometrist sells are expensive, they’re also very unique and colorful. These red frames never fail to garner compliments and they’re a very good example of the style of frames that I like.
I’ve updated the lenses in the tortoise shell frames in the photo below many times. I love the classic look of these glasses and still wear them occasionally even though they’re a at least ten years old.
Because I take good care of my eyeglasses I don’t mind spending a fair amount of money on them. Good quality frames tend to last a long time. Recently, however, my glasses have been costing more than I can manage. For a few years when I wasn’t working I simply couldn’t buy a new pair at all, and had to make do with changing the lenses. It never occurred to me that I could order stylish, affordable, high quality eyeglasses online. I really thought I’d have to go to a different doctor in order to buy glasses I could afford.
So when GlassesUSA.com contacted me about writing a sponsored post for their company I was intrigued. Their belief is that people pay far too much for their eyeglasses, and they offer high quality, well designed eyewear through their online site. Clicking around the website I found a number of glasses that I would love to add to my collection. Here are a few of my favorites. (If you like a pair click on the title. It links to the page at GlassesUSA.)
I love my collection of eyewear and choose a different pair each day based on the weather and what I’m wearing. Because I like to be able to look at my I-phone without taking off my glasses I have just invested in my first pair of “progressive” eyeglasses, shown in the photo below. These have a very light tint on the lenses so I can wear them when I drive. Unfortunately they cost much more than I could comfortably afford, and although I love the frames I do wish I had known about online eyeglasses before I purchased them. In the future I will try to buy glasses on the web before I lay down more than $400 at the optometrist’s office.
GlassesUSA offers some other nice features on their website including an article on how to choose frames for your face shape: “Which frames will best flatter your style”. Besides their high quality frames and lenses, they offer a 110% lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as a generous refer-a-friend program.
They are currently having an early holiday sale. Take 30% off any pair of glasses and get FREE US shipping with the code: Holiday2011. Basic single vision lenses included and upgrades are available for an additional cost. Take 10% off any order of prescription glasses with the code: Blog10
Do you wear glasses? Do you find them to be a fun fashion accessory or just something you need to wear to see?
Would you ever try buying prescription glasses online? Have you purchased glasses online? If so, please tell me about the experience!