This whole glasses thing is still new to me. When I turned 40, it was like overnight my eyeballs decided they no longer needed to show up for work. I was sitting in my office one night trying to fill out a form, and I realised that I was not able to see any of the fine print. In my job, there is regular math (okay, apparently I did need that algebra after all), so this is kind of a problem. Up to that moment, I was always able to just fight my way through periodic myopic bouts and my eyeball muscles (that's the technical medical term for it, you know) would eventually do my bidding. No longer. And thusly, I entered into the reading glasses stage of life. Oh goody. Something else I can lose besides my car keys.
Now that I'm 41, I'm on my second prescription, and they have upped the strength of my glasses by two. Two what? I actually have no idea what that means. Is that good or bad? At boot camp, they used to tell us to adjust the scopes on our weapons by moving things two clicks to the left or right, so I can only assume that the big eyeball machine with all its hinged moving parts at the optometrists works along similar lines. Anyway, I've moved up by two.
These are the glasses in my current rotation, although only the two on the right actually have the new prescription in situ. I have always been partial to "geek chic" glasses with heavy frames, because I still choose to think of them more as an accessory than a necessity, although my husband would likely tell you otherwise, as he is frequently dispatched to retrieve them from wherever I last set them down. I find the selection process rather agonising. I have a big head, and most women's frames that are in the shop displays are too small for my big American heed (as they say over here). Trying-on is essential, and as one very astute salesman said to me, you should choose the ones you really want, and not just take a "that'll do" approach.
After wearing my newest pair a bit (upper right corner), I'm thinking I'm ready to venture a little more into the cat-eye realm. Cat-eyes don't obscure my cheekbones as much, and they have a quirky, vintage librarian kind of thing going on. Below is the wish list. What about you guys? Glasses wearers weigh-in please. How do you go about the selection process, and what are your preferences?
Cat Eye Wishlist