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Rachel Coleman
Vanity: glasses 
2nd-Nov-2016 02:08 pm
I am almost certainly getting glasses at the end of the month[1], and I have NO IDEA how to choose glasses.  Please advise!  
  • I will be wearing them for reading and screen work, so the vast majority of my waking time, ahahaha.  
  • I will have a very low strength prescription, which I think means the available choice will be huge.  
Would it be terrible to buy a couple of cheap frames of very different design, and then go back in a few months when I have developed Opinions through usage?  What even is the decision space?  Shapes? Colours? Materials? Construction?  What are the common buyer mistakes / obnoxious selling behaviours in the market?

[1] I've had very mild astigmatism in my right eye for years, and it has very slowly been worsening, and it has recently passed the threshold of "I am noticing this and it is annoying me on a daily basis".  I am off to the optometrist for an up-to-date eye test and then some glasses.  Ah the joys of approaching 40. 

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2nd-Nov-2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
Astigmatism won't be corrected by prescription swimming goggles, and cheap internet sites struggle with it too. So my best suggestion is to try lots on, see what you like and try not to wince too much at the price.

Photocromic lenses are amazing, and really helpful against retina damage. If you're going to wear them outside at all, I'd recommend that.
2nd-Nov-2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think I'm mostly going to wear them indoors, but I'll bear it in mind.
2nd-Nov-2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
Take someone with you. Test frames in opticians are opaque with fingerprints and get price labels stuck on the lenses, so even if you can see without glasses you may have problems seeing through the glasses.
2nd-Nov-2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I will try. I have helpfully scheduled this for after a class assembly so I will see if Tony feels like taking the morning off too.
2nd-Nov-2016 10:26 pm (UTC)
Possibly isn't worth using up leave on, if you can otherwise see adequately.
2nd-Nov-2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
You can buy very cheaply from Glasses Direct and other sites. As in, £25 or so if your prescription is not complex (no bifocals/varifocals). I have a pair just for costume use :-). But this does mean you can try out other frame designs, keep a spare pair for breakages, etc..
2nd-Nov-2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
I tend to get minimal frames to minimise their weight, because heavy glasses pressing against my nose annoy me, and my eyesight allows minimal non-glasses time. This is an expensive preference, but given their near constant use, I feel that even small amount of non-annoyance accumulate sufficiently to justify the cost.
3rd-Nov-2016 01:30 pm (UTC)
I went into the shop and tried a lot on and peered into a mirror - if your prescription is mild (like me), you can get a pretty good idea thus.
3rd-Nov-2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
Use your phone camera to take a selfie wearing a variety of frames then compare the pics.

Most obnoxious selling practices: upselling tints, lens coatings, transition lenses when you are tired right at the end. Don't buy transition lenses.
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