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Posted: 6/20/2013 2:57:39 PM
I'm very nearsighted. -6, -6.25. Glasses make my eyes look tiny. I don't like very small lenses.

I have recurrent keratitis, meds aren't helping. Every few weeks I flare due to sun, stress, lenses, etc.

I have to back to glasses. the most I WANT to spend on a pair of glasses is $250. I'll need sunglasses, also.

What tips do you have to make yourself feel attractive in glasses? I've worn contacts for 25 years and may not be a candidate anymore. Even dailies aren't working.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:03:38 PM
I had to wear my glasses everyday for a month due to some eye issues and I hated it. Not that I hate the way that they look. I really don't mind how I look in glasses. The problem is that I'm very near sighted as well and with glasses I have no peripheral vision. I don't like driving or attempting to go down stairs with my glasses.

My suggestion would be to wear your contacts to pick out your glasses and try on every pair you can get your hands on until you find a pair that you like. Maybe even have someone take pictures of you in a few pair so that you can go home and make a decision rather than being pressured to make one on the fly.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:15:50 PM

What tips do you have to make yourself feel attractive in glasses? I've worn contacts for 25 years and may not be a candidate anymore.


I did. I wasn't that excited about it, but I had been in contacts for more than 35 years. When coupled with hours daily on the computer (I am a freelance writer), it was time to quit contacts for the overall health of my eyes.

I just found the frames I liked best and accepted it and moved forward. I just had to deal with the fact that while glasses weren't my first choice, they didn't change the real me.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:19:44 PM
I love my glasses and consider them a fashion accessory! I don't have the type of vision you do that changes the way my eyes look though. I don't like to pick them out when I can't see, so I don't do it after my eyes are dialated from the exam. I've been lucky for 3 or so years, my prescription hasn't changed and my insurance covers a new pair with not much copay, so I've got 3 pairs I wear right now.

My favorite are ones that are sort of like a tortise shell, but if you look closely, the swirls are all different colors in the plastic.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:26:48 PM
Do you run or exercise in glasses? I cannot see more than 10 feet in front of me.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:27:01 PM
I've had to go to full time glasses due to dry eyes. I just pick out frames I like and suck it up. I'd much prefer contacts, but its not going to happen. Finding a pair for $250 would be a challenge for me. Probably because I have to wear progressive lenses, but I've never gotten any for less than $600.


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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:31:46 PM
I had no choice. A few years ago my eyes became sensitive somehow to the contact and I was getting what looked like pink eye repeatedly and it was not responding to treatment. So I had to go back to glasses. Permanently. I was bummed at first Especially since my eyes are so very bad that my glasses are ultra expensive.

The good news is that previously I was seeing what the eye doctor called 'shadow' objects. (ike seeing a lighter less defined double of what was there, The shadowing was most obvious on the eye tests actually. She was previously attributing it to a combination of my astigmatism and contact fit along with some light 'scarring' o my cornea surface. Since going back to wearing glasses all of that has disappeared, including the 'scarring' (so obviously it wasn't actually scarring ) so I must have been developing that intolerance for several years when it suddenly blew up into the serious reaction.

Since going back to glasses my eyesight has stabilized and my eyes are healthier than ever. I was freaked out the first year I got glasses the lenses alone for my prescription, (which is nearly a half inch thick on the right side with the lighter thinner lenses ) was $350 just for the lenses. So I really figured Crap I am screwed this is so much more than I was spending on contacts. But with the stabilization of my eye I have the same pair of glasses for 3 years now and prescription sunglasses for 4.

I am very wary of the upcoming time when I will need bifocals because that is going to add a whole lotta money to that lens cost.

I hope you find what works for you and fits your life style and is healthy for your eyes.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:38:33 PM
Contacts never worked for me. I always wear glasses.

I think the key is to consider your glasses as a real investment in yourself. Putting a price limit for glasses and sun glasses that low is going to make it hard to find something you really LOVE.

I will take from my clothing budget to make sure I get the best glasses. They are a piece of jewelry that you wear every single day and which everyone who sees you looks at. Make the effort to try on a ton of glasses to find exactly the right ones and consider them an investment in yourself.

When you find glasses that you love and that you love how you look in them will make all the difference.





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Posted: 6/20/2013 3:42:02 PM

Do you run or exercise in glasses? I cannot see more than 10 feet in front of me.


Yes, I just started running recently and wear my glasses, and before that I did workout DVDs and wore them. The only time it bothers me is when they are getting loosey goosey and need to be adjusted, and then, it's only on bendy over things like pushups when I'm already all sweaty.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:45:20 PM
I went to glasses when I started wearing bifocals. I just couldn't get used to the one near/one far contacts. My brain just didn't process the info and merge it.

I used to by the cheapest glasses possible. But now that I wear them full time, I wear the lightest glasses that I can find and choose the lightest lenses. Pick a frame with flex hinges so that they aren't as fragile. I also chose glasses with silicone nose pads. They almost "stick" to my nose and keep my glasses from slipping.

Try to chose a normal frame and not a designer frame. That way, you are paying for the frame and not the name brand. But $250 is low. I paid more than that for just my lenses. (No line, thank you very much!)

I wear them all day, every day. It's worth it to have them be comfortable and lightweight on my face. I barely notice them now.

And yes, I work out with them. No, it will never be as good as contacts. But I had a good run of 30 years.


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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:46:56 PM
I've worn glasses since I was six and then switched to contacts when I was a teenager. I'm anticipating going back to glasses full time in the next few years (I'm currently 44). I buy my glasses from Sam's Club. They are hi-index, progressive lenses and cost under under $400 (including the frame). I doubt I'll need to change them for a few years, so I think it was a good investment.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:51:35 PM
I haven't yet and I dread the idea the day may come.

I just picked up a new pair of glasses today. My old ones have been broken for about 2 months now but since I almost always wear my contacts, I wasn't in a rush to deal with.

Unfortunately, I found I was having a harder and harder time seeing distance things. Turns out my Rx had changed for the "worse" after years of no change. I'm now a -8 and -8.5. I'm also in need of readers over my contacts. I've tried the multi-focal and mono vision but never adjusted to them well enough to keep using. I prefer to have my far vision corrected and deal with the readers.

One reason I don't want to switch permanently back to glasses is that my eyes are *so* tired after just a few hours with my glasses. There are pressure points behind my hears that get unhappy. I do plan to try and make myself wear them more and give my eyes a break from the contacts but I'm not sure how that's going to go.

I too would like to know how you get comfortable or what ways you compensate with other accessories or styles of clothes to counter act the "disappearing eyes" and "coke bottle bottom thick" lenses.

And for many reasons, laser surgery is just not something I'm willing to do at this point, so that's not an option.


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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:56:02 PM
I did. I wore gas perms from age 15 to about 35. I got a scratch on my eye somehow that got infected and had to stop wearing my contacts for 2 weeks. I could never get used to them again after that so I gave up. I prefer plastic frames so I got those and was happy with them but now I have wire and don't like them. Unfortunately my prescription limits the frame choices. I'm going to go to a different optometrist some time and see if they have more of a selection of plastic frames. My prescription is a little under a year old so I'm hoping I can just get glasses and not have to have another exam yet.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 4:58:07 PM
I can't wear my contacts anymore because of dry eyes and very changeable eye pressure...

I order my glasses on Zennioptical.com. For around $130, I'm able to get several different pairs of glasses so I'm not stuck with the same pair every day. If I order three pairs, and I only like two of them on...I STILL paid less than I would have at my eye dr. and got two pairs out of it.


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Posted: 6/20/2013 5:09:32 PM
I did it about 15 years ago and have never looked back! I love being able to wake up, put on my glasses, and instantly see. I love being able to roll over, take my glasses off, and go to sleep. No more trudging to the bathroom sink to take lenses out, wash, clean, store, etc. No more waking up and knowing I'm going to have to stick my finger in my eye.


Probably because I have to wear progressive lenses, but I've never gotten any for less than $600.


This is me...I have two pairs of progressive (tri-focal with no line) glasses and one pair of progressive sunglasses. All told, it was over $1200 but it's my sight we're talking about. I buy expensive frames that last (I have two pairs of Kate Spade lenses that have lasted over five years each, they look brand new) and consider them a fashion statement. LOL!

I won't ever go back to contacts, too much trouble. I had shingles in my optic nerve that did severe damage to my right eye, so I am not eligible for contacts or lasik or any of that.

I do worry at the beach, because short of buying prescription goggles I'm sort of stuck. Can't take expensive sunglasses into the ocean, and without them I cannot see anything. But it's infrequent enough that I deal.

Hope that's helpful!


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Posted: 6/20/2013 7:08:16 PM
I went from glasses (age 10-18), then soft contacts (18-19), then glasses, then hard contacts, then glasses, then lasik (at age 32), now I wear glasses again (at 45). I prefer glasses and I don't want the hassle of contacts. I have regular clear, sunglasses and computer glasses.



What tips do you have to make yourself feel attractive in glasses?
This made me laugh. I don't think I've ever thought about it. I am me, with or without glasses. I don't change because I have something on my face that helps me see. Actually I feel shy when don't have them on, since I can't see what's happening around me. Lots of people wear glasses and the frames these days are very stylish. I even know people who bought glasses with clear glass, just to be able to wear glasses.



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Posted: 6/20/2013 8:11:24 PM
I was actually relived when I made the choice to no longer get new contacts with each eye doctor visit and to just stick with glasses.


The contacts were just always an issue for me. I was glad to just say "Forget it. I'm wearing glasses.".



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Posted: 6/20/2013 8:41:37 PM
I don't have to wear my glasses all the time, only a lot of the time. I mostly need them indoors and in low light. I have contacts, but I can't tolerate them well anymore.

I use Zenni Optical and buy multiple pairs. I think of them as an accessory like jewelry, so I have different ones for different times. I also prefer to wear eye makeup when I'm wearing glasses, but you have to be careful because the wrong application can make your eyes look smaller. I've watched some youtube tutorials specifically for glasses wearers.


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Posted: 6/20/2013 9:02:20 PM
I am almost as nearsighted as you are, and I went back to glasses full time a few years ago due to severely dry eyes. I have recurrent corneal erosion, and staying away from contacts at this point just works better for me.

I just bought a new pair of glasses and a new pair of sunglasses a week ago and spent $666.66 (he he he) with insurance. My lenses have to be thinned, and my sunglasses lenses are polarized, so that adds to the cost. Finding a pair for under $250 might be challenging for you.

I agree with a PP... If you want to feel attractive in your glasses, don't set a price limit. Find something you love so you don't mind putting them on every morning.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 9:59:49 PM
I went from wearing contacts 18hrs/day, 7 days/week to wearing glasses 6.5 days/week. I never really got used to it. Now I'm back in my contacts about 5 days/week, but only when I actually need them; i.e. they come out the instant I get home from work. Late evening events, I have to wear glasses.

I suffer from the coke-bottle effect, even with the expensive thinner lenses. I can't get big frames because they'd be too wide at the edges, but for some of my jobs, I need a bigger field of vision.

I have not found a way to feel sexy in my glasses. I would love to have a "wardrobe" of 3 or 4 different frames, but at $700 a pair, that's not happening any time soon. I will definitely check out that zenni website!

So many cute frames lose their cuteness in a big hurry when you put thick lenses in them.

I'll be watching this thread for more pointers.

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Posted: 6/20/2013 10:27:32 PM
You might want to visit at website like zenni Optical. Upload a picture of yourself without glasses. Spend some time, in the comfort of your own home, "trying on" glasses digitally. If you try enough on, you should at least be able to walk into the eyeglass place knowing which shapes or sizes suit your face best. Print out a few that you like best and show them so they know how best to help you.

Somebody mentioned the glasses with nose pads. Those are pretty much impossible for me or DS8 to wear. The shape of our noses doesn't work for that type of eyeglass. My bridge is too wide and his is barely there.


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Posted: 6/21/2013 8:02:41 AM
My correction is -9.00 and - 8.50 so I get what you mean about the way your eyes look so magnified through the lenses. There is no way to avoid it with your prescription.

My only advice is to get the smallest frames that you like (I mean the part of the frames where your lenses go). However, you posted that you don't like small lenses. Understand that that bigger your lenses are, the thicker they will be on the side.

I believe that you can get thinner lenses, but be prepared to pay extra for them--about 40% more than regular lenses. High index lenses? Your eyes are the best investment in yourself that you can make.

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Posted: 6/21/2013 1:59:09 PM
Not sure what my mom's Rx was, but she was almost legally blind. She had to quit her contacts after wearing them for about 30 years also. I believe she moved to high-index glass but it still affected her appearance.

She developed cataracts a few years back and when she had cataract surgery, they actually replaced her lenses with Rx and she has been able to go to barely any correction on her vision. She wears lightweight glasses now, but can see without glasses for the first time in her life.

She has acute astigmatism also, and had some scar tissue from the cataract surgery she had to have addressed with a laser treatment, but she is VERY pleased. Perhaps that is an option for you if you develop cataracts at some point.



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Posted: 6/21/2013 2:10:00 PM

I just found the frames I liked best and accepted it and moved forward. I just had to deal with the fact that while glasses weren't my first choice, they didn't change the real me.




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Posted: 6/21/2013 2:18:02 PM
I did. I will get contacts again soon, but I had pinkeye several times in a two-year period and got annoyed, so just started wearing glasses. My advice is to get the most awesome frames you can find for the price you are willing to pay. Not the most unobtrusive, not the ones that go with everything, but the ones that strangers will come up to you and ask where you got them.

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Posted: 6/22/2013 12:09:06 AM
Wingnut, are you me? I could have written your post word-for-word, right down to the prescription.

I was going to start wearing glasses at work, so I go a prescription and bought some progressives. The first pair was terrible, so they re-did the measurements and made new lenses. I still hate them. I can read and drive fine in them, but I work at a computer all day and the mid-vision just doesn't work for me. I'm sticking with contacts and readers as long as I can.


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Posted: 6/22/2013 2:18:02 AM
I prefer glasses. I wore contacts from 4th grade through high school because my mom made me and I ditched them as soon as I started college in 1990. There was nothing I liked about contacts.

I tried several online glasses stores but ended up going back to the eye doctor for then. I don't know why, but the cheap ones never "work" for me.


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Posted: 6/22/2013 3:03:47 AM
My suggestion would be to wear your contacts to pick out your glasses and try on every pair you can get your hands on until you find a pair that you like. Maybe even have someone take pictures of you in a few pair so that you can go home and make a decision rather than being pressured to make one on the fly.



I would do this!
I wear my contacts all the time, and I hated glasses until I ordered from Zenni. I like my glasses now and will wear them more often. They allow you to upload a picture of yourself and try on the frames virtually, that might be a viable option for you as well. I really liked being able to do this at home and for the price you can buy several pairs.


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Posted: 6/22/2013 5:08:59 AM
I'm in the 4s rather than the 6s, but my lenses are still pretty darn thick. And like a PP, I got a scratch and have never had a lot of luck with contacts ever since, even though it was when I was a teenager. (Ugh, I was in a study group for the type of lenses you could leave in even when you slept for two weeks, then throw them away and start again. Turns out if you get dust under that lens then fall asleep, all that eye movement when you dream will make one big mess from that tiny bit of dust!) I can only wear contacts for a couple hours a couple days a week, and it's only active stuff that makes me bother. If I could happily wear my glasses all the time, I would.


Do you run or exercise in glasses? I cannot see more than 10 feet in front of me.

This is my biggest challenge! Some days I can't manage contacts and have to wear my glasses when it won't be practical, so I had to buy one of those strap things that attaches to the ends of the frames and goes around the back of your head. It took me forever to admit that this might be an idea, because I just felt like I would look like an absolute idiot or an absolute child, but I had my glasses go flying across the room one too many times and my field of vision is so short I can't really see them on the floor. I realised that might look more dorky than just getting them to stay on my stupid head. It turned out I could get one that was the same colour as my hair and I just pull my hair into a ponytail over the strap and you can't see it. Now the only problem I have is if they fog up, it is more of a pain to take them off! But not too horrible really.

I will second (third/fourth) the idea from several here about the places online that let you try them on virtually then send you a few pairs to try in real life and you can pick what you want, if you don't have a shop nearby with a good selection. I haven't ordered from a US site, but I'm always getting adverts for Rivet & Sway which seems to be that sort of frame shop but based in the US and every time I click I get excited to try their cute frames and then realise I don't live in the same country as the store.

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Posted: 6/22/2013 7:53:50 AM

Wingnut, are you me? I could have written your post word-for-word, right down to the prescription.

I was going to start wearing glasses at work, so I go a prescription and bought some progressives. The first pair was terrible, so they re-did the measurements and made new lenses. I still hate them. I can read and drive fine in them, but I work at a computer all day and the mid-vision just doesn't work for me. I'm sticking with contacts and readers as long as I can.


I'm glad I'm not the only one! My new glasses (with progressive lens) are actually working really well with the exception of the pressure point that needs adjusted on my left ear piece. I've had them on for nearly 48 hours. I'll be putting in my contacts soon though because I'll be out and about.

Still, I know I won't want to wear them all the time and hope to be able to use contacts for a long time to come.


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Posted: 6/22/2013 8:12:01 AM
I have worn glasses for 30 years and contacts for 27 years. I probably wear each about 50% of the time.

I have progressive lenses in my glasses and they work great. I also have my lenses thinned.

I used to be more vain about wearing glasses when I was younger but now I don't mind. It's just part of me.

Just a tip though. Progressive lenses are not all equal. There are different qualities and you do get what you pay for. I paid for the expensive ones and there was no adjustment to them at all.

As a previous poster said. Wear your contacts and try on lots of frames until you find a pair you like. You will be wearing them more than anything else you own so it is worth spending a bit more to get something you are happy with.

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Posted: 6/22/2013 8:13:16 AM
I went from contacts to glasses due to the fact that I just can't afford contacts anymore. I have an astigmatism and have to wear more expensive contacts. I feel less attractive but there is just nothing I can do about it. I have nice eyes hidden behind glasses.



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Posted: 6/22/2013 9:45:45 AM
I just bought glasses that kind of "disappear" on my face. I love the look of the heavy black frames so popular now but they look awful on me.

I am not sure I can help otherwise. I never wore contacts and only started wearing glasses at work only, 2 years ago. My company has a vision benefit so they reimbursed me $200 for each pair.


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