Post # 1
My future hubby has very sensitive eyes. He was born with an eye lid issue so he wears transition lenses to help protect his eyes from the sun. If you are not aware, the transition lenses become sunglasses when exposed to UV light. They definitely are not fashion friendly.
Fast forward– both of us want an outdoor ceremony/pictures, but would not like the look of the transition lenses in the pictures. We both think getting a nice pair of non-transition lenses would be best for him to wear that day (he is having surgery on one eyelid and there is a chance he won’t need glasses at all).
Is this too obsessive/detail oriented? My mom thinks we are nuts especially if it ends up raining, therefor no pictures/ceremony outside.
Opinions? Would darkened transition lenses look weird in wedding pictures?
Post # 3
I would not like transition lenses in photos, but I wouldn’t want to risk hurting his eyes. In this case, I would say to definitely go with an indoor wedding.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@SparkleBee11: Try coastal.com for a cheap pair for the wedding. Usually the first pair is free as well!
Post # 5
It would not bother/hurt his eyes to not have them. The ceremony and pictures would be facing away from the sun but the lenses will still darken even in indirect exposure. The ceremony will be shaded by very big lush trees.
He needs the lenses more for situations/activities that he can’t avoid direct sun light (walking toward the sun etc) but he could switch glasses between locations for pictures outside/ (his idea is to walk with an umbrella or to wear a hat). But I think having switching glasses is fine…
Post # 6
How far away is the eyelid surgery scheduled? I guess if I were you, I’d wait until after the surgery.
Now….am I correct in thinking that post-op he may not need the tinted glasses l or he may just not need glasses in any form? Because if the latter is true, then definitely wait off on getting new specs!!
Post # 7
@Beachbride1216 that’s a great idea! I’ll definitely look into that.
Post # 8
@janeyDcat- the surgery is in a few weeks. The tissue will take 10-12 months to be “normal “(I could explain more but this is the simplest way to put it.) During that time he will definitely need the transition lenses because his eyelid will not close completely).
Which leaves 2 months prior to the wedding to get the new frames if they are needed. The best time to try on new frames though would be now. if the healing period takes longer he may not be able to actually try new frames on- because of the germ factor/with a semi open wound (if adjustments to the surgery are made post-op). He could try on now and hope they have the frames later- and postpone ordering them.
Post # 9
I don’t think you’re being obsessive! I’m sure you’ll want to be able to look into your future husband’s EYES while he says his vows and to see his eyes in pictures. You have a few options here.
1) I would NOT recommend getting a cheapy pair of glasses online because those do NOT typically come with antireflective coating (ARC). And your Fiance will want ARC for two reasons. Firstly, the coating prevents light from reflecting off the back surface of the lens, into his eyes. This can make him a lot more comfortable, especially since he’s already so light sensitive. Secondly, ARC makes a HUGE difference in how photos turn out because it also prevents light from reflecting off the front surface of the lens. I’ve seen some pictures where the glare on the lenses is so strong that you can’t even see the person’s eyes! Which, in my opinion, is probably not much of an improvement from your current setup. So I’d recommend getting lenses with ARC, which as I’ve already said, is typically not offered on low-quality lenses.
2) I don’t know your FI’s prescription, but if he’s a little nearsighted, a goofier fix might just be to CAREFULLY loosen the screw where the eyewire meets the side of the frame and GENTLY remove the lenses, just for the outdoor portion of the wedding. Of course, don’t do this if your groom won’t be able to see you at all! But it might be something to consider. You just don’t want to damage or lose them!
Also, it is very normal for a person to try on and select frames one day and then order them later. If your Fiance wants to pick out his frame now, it would be no trouble at all for the optician to make a note of the frame style and color. Then you can order the frames later, after the surgery.
Post # 10
My darling has the same and she wwore contact lenses for our wedding day. We had family photos done before and one of the best pics her glasses are dark and it looks silly. Good for you planning ahead.
Post # 11
We ended up looking and picking out glasses now. We will wait to order. He picked out- 3 different frames so they definitely should have one of them by the time we are ready to order. Glasses don’t phase in and out like shoes so I would be SHOCKED if they didn’t have any of those.
@ wideeyes: we will definitely get the ARC- did not know about that! thanks 🙂
Post # 12
I see you’ve already been shopping… but just to toss my suggestion out there, what about getting a plain (non-prescription) pair of frames just to wear for the pictures? WAAY less expensive, and you could even pop the plastic lenses out to reduce glare if you want.
Post # 13
Sounds like you’ve already made your decision, and I’m here to support it. 🙂
My DH’s mom, dad and one Groomsmen have transitions and wore them in our outdoor photos… and it makes me sad every time I look at them! They look so silly with the dark lenses covering their eyes! 🙁
Post # 14
My mom owns an eyewear store and always warns people that transition lenses (while awesome for everyday wear) photograph oddly (even indoors!). I’d definitely recommend getting him a different pair of glasses, or even looking into putting in a new pair of lenses (which someone should absolutely be able to do for you). If you are worried about his eyes when you’re taking pictures, maybe you can do some fun ones where you are both wearing sunglasses?