|Men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses. Except for girls who wear these glasses, which are AWESOME.|
Wearing glasses is fraught with contradiction. I know people who wanted glasses so much as kids they went to the eye doctor and pretended like they couldn't read the letters. I know other people so terrified at the idea of glasses that they memorized the letters that they show on the poster.
I was somewhere between the two when, at age 11, I realized I needed glasses. In one eye. There was a terrifying period of time when I thought I would need to wear an eyepatch which - if you think I'm preoccupied with looking cute as an adult, imagine me at age 11 - was tantamount to the world ending to me.
|Note: this was before Lady Gaga made eyepatches cool.|
Anyway, so I got glasses and was told to wear them just at school. This is the worst advice to give to a vain tween, by the way. Because school is the one place where I want to look cutest. I could wear them at home, no problem, but not where the cute boys are. So, this led to a Stephanie Kaye-esque double life where I would leave home wearing glasses, then hide them in their case all day at school, and then put them back on to go home.
|Do I even need to tell you that she was my favourite character in the original Degrassi series?|
But are glasses frugal?
Well, as with everything else in the frugal landscape, this is a complicated issue. I mean, you could have blurry eyes and never wear glasses but then you'd spend all of your money on headache medication and lawyer fees for all the time you spend in jail after hitting so many pedestrians with your car.
Alternatively, you could follow the route of Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret, who stopped wearing her glasses and fixed her eyes through the power of positive thinking.
|Oh, Taylor Swift. Did you think you would make giant 80s glasses a trend when you shot this video?|
For those of us with less powerful psychic energy, here are the options:
1) Contact lenses. Pros: you look like yourself, you can see in the rain, you can wear sunglasses on top. Cons: disposable technology is environmentally unfriendly, you have to keep buying new ones.
2) Laser eye surgery. Pros: one-time expense may be more cost-effective in the long run. Cons: the smell of burning eyeballs/it is horrifying and scary/I have heard stories about this going terribly wrong/lack of night vision.
3) Glasses. Pros: you can look more like Tina Fey and/or Johnny Depp. Cons: some people don't like wearing glasses. They fog up when you go indoors on a cold day. Makes swimming trickier, unless you get prescription goggles.
So, there are pros and cons all around. But today I am going to talk about option #3, Glasses.
|Who doesn't want to look like this??|
There are lots of cheap glasses purchasing options. For instance, I got my glasses for $14 during Clearly Contact's annual one-day midnight cross-Canada free glasses sale. I just had to wait up until midnight in my time zone, log on about 50 times because the server was so busy, and pay $14 for shipping. Basically free glasses? Superfantastic.
|My glasses are called Lucky Maude.|
Even if you miss this sale, though, online opticals apparently charge far less than actual glasses stores. One guy I know has got like 15 pairs of glasses, because the prices at Zenni Optical are so ridiculously cheap. The one tricky bit about ordering glasses online is that you have to measure your pupil distance. You don't get this number on prescriptions allegedly because the optometrists don't want people to order glasses online. But it's really easy to measure: look at your face in a mirror and hold up a tape measure.
So, I don't know. I guess the frugal thing here is laser eye surgery but don't even TRY and convince me to do that. I would sooner have my fingernails pulled out* than risk the smell of burning eyeball and let somebody do anything with my eyeball.
|NO! NO! NO LASER EYE SURGERY! NO!|
*Not really. Although, it's easier to put on fake nails than install a fake eye if something goes awry with the laser eye surgery.