Need glasses, how did you choose? Tips?

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Post # 16
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580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

purplefae : my vision was permanently damaged from having pre-eclampsia with my first pregnancy. I have used Zenni Optical for all of my and my 6 year olds glasses. (Where else can you get 5 pairs of glasses for 100 bucks?!) You can upload a picture of your face and it helps you choose. I actually used sunglasses as reference to what fit my face shape best. I have a pair of prescription sunglasses (total gamechanger, 100% recommend) and one pair of similar shaped glasses I wear daily, and 2 back up pair that I don’t love the shape but seeing as I need glasses to drive or see anything not 1 foot in front of me, I keep them just in case. As for color, all I wear is black so I got black everything. I would say if you mostly wear neutrals get a brown or taupe. What color is your purse? What color is the majority of your shoes? If you love bright colors and that’s how you express yourself, get a color. 🙂

Post # 17
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580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

Funny anecdote: I lose track of my main pair of glasses 37 times a day. Every day without fail I ask my husband “have you seen my glasses?” And he usually knows exactly where they are…he actually built a special board with hooks for glasses and keys and put it by the front door for this exact reason…and I still fail to use it hahaha. I told him when I die, to put “have you seen my glasses?” on my headstone. LOL

Post # 18
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676 posts
Busy bee

I’ve worn glasses for 36 years. I wear contacts most of the time. I’ve always picked a frame that is neutral or silver, but my last pair I purchased are turquoise blue Ray Bans and I love them. I’m due for an exam, and I think I’ll pick out another colorful frame for my new pair. If you can afford it, get two pair in different styles. I would get a lightweight wire frame and then something more colorful or fun. My lenses are thick, so they get heavy-feeling after wearing them all day. It’s nict to have a “comfy” pair on hand. 

Post # 19
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922 posts
Busy bee

I’ve worn glasses since age 6 and contacts since 10. Definitely check your insurance first- many insurance plans cover one pair per year. If you have bad eyesight (it sounds like you don’t though) pay extra for the thinner lenses. I agree with what everyone else has said about trying on a bunch of pairs. Everyone’s face shape and coloring is different so what looks good on one person might look terrible on another.

Also, if you have a BJs or Costco around (I don’t know if you’re in the US or not), consider them. I bought my glasses in the children’s section at BJs and they were quite inexpensive. BJs and Costco both have vision centers and I don’t think you need to be a member to buy from them.

Post # 20
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998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I switch between glasses and contacts. I order my glasses from Zenni and EyeBuyDirect. I’ve been wearing them for almost 20 years, so I’ve learned over the years what styles are most flattering on me. I almost always go with black, sometimes with an accent color or gold detailing like these.

Post # 21
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545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

The optometrists can help you find flattering pairs, too. I looked at a bunch of pictures of glasses online before I go in and get an idea of the styles I’m into right now. Then I describe that to the optometrists. I love tortoiseshell, so I have two different colors in that style (black and red and brown and black). I have one pair of super comfy glasses and another pair that’s cuter but less comfy. I really like having two pairs to be able to switch it up. I think it’s a good idea to have a bold frame and a neutral frame. 

I think the most important thing is to have fun with your glasses. They don’t have to be boring or dull or hidden. They can be part of your look and outfits. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

purplefae :  I’ve been wearing glasses for over a decade now. I’ve had all kinds of colors, materials, and shapes.

LensCrafters has a guide for finding the best frames for your face shape. For example, I have a heart shaped face, so I usually go with rectangular or Wayfarer shaped glasses. From there I pick color based on my fancy.

Costco has a good selection of glasses if you don’t feel like going to the mall. EyeBuyDirect has inexpensive glasses by mail order and a virtual try-on tool.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I second EyeBuyDirect. I wore glasses for 18 years before getting LASIK last year. I’ve done the expensive glasses, and Warby Parker, but EBD won for me hands down. They have a really great selection, broad price ranges, and if you don’t like them you can return them for a full refund. I probably owned a dozen pairs in my current prescription at any point in time.

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