punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Cheap Glasses

I got my first glasses in 1985. I needed them in 1981, but my father forbid it, and the county had to get involved, eventually. Long story here.

I have never wanted contacts. Ever. When I was a teen, I had a lot of friends who kept trying to get me on this “contacts are excellent” bandwagon, and then, almost in the next breath, curse the fact they went dry, fell out, needed replaced, got scratched, or... need I go on? The great thing about glasses is you put them on and go. If they get dirty, you can wipe them clean with fogged breath and a shirt tail, and YES, I know you’re not supposed to, but I am not paying for some uber-soft pre-moistened wipe. Spit and cloth do me just fine. The only scratches I have are from when they fell off my face.

I had the same pair of glasses from 1986 to 1994, until I could afford a new pair, which I badly needed; my eyesight was so bad, I got constant headaches. I then got a few newer pairs until my last pair, which are about 4 or 5 years old. The screw fell out of one temple and has been replaced with a twisted paper clip because the screw hole got stripped. There is a chip at the bottom of one lens because they fell off my face in Sweden. They are pretty clean, because the lenses constantly fall out, and when that happens, I generally take advantage of cleaning all the gunk out of them. But the metal is tarnished, and since this is my only pair, if I lose these, I am fucked.

I used to be on a vision health plan, back when I had medical through AOL, but I left them, and now have medical through my wife’s work, with ended up being slightly cheaper. But there’s no vision plan. So I have been putting this off for a while, because the prescription is still good. A new pair of glasses has really gotten ridiculous. Even my modest needs of a glass lens (no plastic, ugh, I had a pair that warped and they scratched so easily, even with the coating) with light-sensitive graying costs me... about $300-400 with cheap frames. There’s no “24 hours” with me, because of my prescription needs. How’s this for unfair, I have rotten night vision... but I have incredibly light-sensitive eyes. Normal sunlight will reduce me to a quivery bowl of pain jelly without sunglasses. And Transitions/Photogray always up the price significantly, but are still cheaper than a second set of sunglasses, and have no glare like snap-on sunglasses.

But... I got sent this article by someone very helpful, and I may take advantage of this. I just have to get a current prescription. I can get some damn nice titanium glasses from one place for only $40/frame. Last frames I think I paid $120 for them, and they were not anything that fancy. With the doctor’s visit, frames, and lenses, I think I may be able to pull this off for $200 or less.
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