Recently I Tweeted extensively about making a prescription eyeglass order from Zenni Optical of the internet-famed eight dollar (!!!) prescription eyeglasses. My glasses from last year (for which I paid a hefty $250 out of pocket) are Syd's favorite play toy … along with everything else on my nightstand. I'm a contacts-wearer, so even though they're only a year old and only get worn at night, in the morning, or during some kind of random eye episode they are very well, uh, loved. Once I learned I was pregnant again one of the things on my to-do list became "get cute glasses for hospital" because as God as my witness? I am not going to be wearing these fugly-looking things in one billion photos AGAIN.
I call this look:"I am on an operating table. I am trying to be brave. At least these stupid glasses are comfy. I was not planning on wearing them during my baby's delivery but I also was not planning on being in labor for 21 hours, pushing for two-and-a-half-hours and then getting a c-section either. OH WELL:
I had a hard time settling on what I would order. After all, there were lots of cheap choices – none of which I could try on – and I had already decided that I was going to order some fun styles. I was determined to get some that I wouldn't normally ever buy because who would do that for upwards of $200 and then be stuck with that one style for a year or two? But I was also willing to go with one "safety" … a shape, style, and color that I already knew would look good on me.
Here's what I look like normally, without glasses, just for comparison's sake. Well, except I have on some makeup here. So if you see me tomorrow at the grocery store and don't recognize me I'll UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY.
Should have coughed up the extra $5 for the anti-glare coating on the lenses, but otherwise, not bad (the prescription was correct on all my glasses, by the way). I already wear these a lot and they will probably be in my hospital bag come October.
And then. There are the other three pairs I ordered.
Look out Granny! I've been drinking my Joint Juice and I enjoy winning gift certificates to Hometown Buffet!
So there you have it. My weirdness can be your gain. If you are looking for a cheap source for prescription eyeglasses, go for it. And just as a side note, make sure you get all the info from your eye doctor before you order … you need to know your prescription, what type of lenses you need, and your pupillary distance. I felt a bit weird asking my eye doctor for this info but guess what? I'd just spent $100 on contacts from him so I didn't feel SO bad. You have a right to this information as a patient so if your doctor bucks because you won't be buying eyeglasses from him just persist. And then find another doctor because that guy is a total d-bag.
My point in saying all this is because MY doctor is NOT a total d-bag and told me that because my prescription is so high (-4.75) I should go with polycarbonate lenses. They are thinner and if you have a high prescription (but only need single-vision regular lenses) your lenses will be thicker and heavier. Who knew?! At Zenni this costs $9 extra per pair of glasses, but it was worth it. Just be sure and get the anti-reflective coating … I didn't realize how much of a difference it would make until I tried to take these photos. ANNOYING! Next time I order I'm definitely "upgrading." Needless to say, I could still get like 16 pairs of glasses for what I normally spend on ONE PAIR. And come Halloween I am totally going to ROCK an amazing (and yet undecided) costume.
(This is an uncompensated review.)