Let’s Talk About Eyewear

If you look closely enough at my face, particularly my eye region, then you may notice a scar in the midst of my left eyebrow where the eyebrow no longer grows. That little scar has been with my since the first grade, was hidden throughout high school thanks to strategic waxing, and now semi-occasionally filled in with eyebrow powder, but mostly let go, because frankly it just doesn’t bother me.

The acquiring of the scar is one of my first and most vivid memories. Toward the beginning of my first grade school year, we had the annual eye exams at school. I hated those thing. So much pressure. Anyway, I failed the tests miserably and it was decided that I need glasses ASAP or else all my academic aspirations would be lost. So off my dutiful parents took me to pick out my first pair of specs. I don’t recall the exact details of that first pair of glasses, but I do know they were big and round. I didn’t feel self-conscious about them, and off to school I went the following day, exciting for my first ice skating lesson that night.

During my group lesson on the ice, I slid, took a massive dive and landed, you guessed it, right on my face. My pretty new glasses slashed a perfect gash through my eyebrow, and off to the ER we went.

So yeah, me and eyewear go way back. I wore glasses through much of grade school and could only figure out contacts once I was in the sixth grade (my mom sent the employees of the eye doctor’s office flowers the next day for working with me through literally hours and buckets of frustrated tears from yours truly – it was a valiant battle they fought that day, without losing one single ounce of patience).

Since the first grade, I’ve gone through so many contacts and glasses I can’t even count. So on the off chance that your eyes, too, require some extra love and pampering, I thought I’d fill you in on the eyewear route I’m going now.

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Contacts

I primarily wear contacts these days, partly because I like wearing sunglasses and partly because George likes to pull things off my person as much as possible.

For many years, I wore Acuvue Oasis contacts that are meant to last 2 weeks per pair (I think? I always wore them way longer … for shame).

But when I went to college, my seasonal allergies started to increase in intensity (I will forever blame your air, Steubenville), and my eyes were the main victim. I had tons of itching and swelling and those words sound so gross in relation to eyeballs … but it was bad. I lamented to my eye doc about it and he suggested going with Acuvue Dailies daily disposable contacts. He informed me that proteins can build up on the contact lenses, especially during allergy season, and that the solution doesn’t always do the trick. This switch has saved me so, so much over the past few years. I don’t think I’ll ever go back. They are a bit pricier on the outset, but they offer a big rebate, and when you factor in the price of solution that you’ll no longer have to buy, it comes out to cost about the same as regular contact lenses.

Glasses

In high school, I shunned glasses but now I love wearing them, and I wear them as much as possible. Throughout the years, I’ve gone from big round gold frames, to thin rectangular dark frames, to purple square frames, to the hipster-esque brown frames, and right back to my big round frames.

My poor parents used to drop hundreds of dollars on glasses when it was time to purchase from the eye doctor, and I only wish Firmoo was around then. Since I discovered Firmoo last year, I’ve gotten two different pairs of prescription glasses for half the cost of one pair from my doctor. Y’all, the price discrepancies are insane. not only are Firmoo lenses very affordable, but the frames are in style and varied to fit whatever shape, color, and size you like. The ordering process is very easy and they take great steps to ensure the accuracy of your glasses.

Lucky for you, Firmoo is giving away a pair of glasses to one of your darling readers! I can’t wait to see what frames you all like 🙂

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Comments

  1. This is actually quite helpful! I started wearing glasses in 3rd grade, contacts in high school, & now mostly wear glasses. However, I would like some new contacts and also used to wear acuvue oasis but I always had so much protein build up! I wondered a couple years back about dailies but I have astigmatism and the price was off putting. Perhaps I should look again!

  2. I love this! I’ve been a life-long glasses/contact wear-er. Been using the two week guys but after reading that daily’s exist I may have to try! And Firmoo looks incredible! I think I would have to try the blue F047!

  3. I only have to wear reading glasses for now, but with kiddos around that pair is bound to break lol I would love to try these http://www.firmoo.com/eyeglasses-p-3195.html

  4. I remember seeing leaves on trees for the first time after putting on my first pair of glasses in grade school-an incredible feeling! I use both contacts and glasses these days! A50021 design looks great!

  5. I also wear a mix of contacts and glasses during the week. I like style DBSN65021.

  6. I wore contacts all the time until my daughter was born, but then I ran out and haven’t renewed my prescription yet. I desperately need new ones, though, and I like DBSN65090.

  7. No joke, I JUST went to the eye doctor and got my new prescription because I was WAY overdue, and the first place I looked was Firmoo but I didn’t end up buying anything. I got my glasses through them last time and loved them! I normally wear contacts, but once I ran out they made my general dislike for wearing glasses much more bearable. 🙂 I love DBSN62167 in black!

  8. I’m totally with you on the dailies! They saved me all the trouble I was having with my contacts before too. I was recently considering switching back to two-week contacts because of the price of the dailies, but maybe I’ll have to reconsider sticking with the dailies after you said the prices eventually even out.

  9. Thanks for sharing your story, and the Firmoo offer! I like #ZDF232. I’ve worn glasses since I was 2, and contacts since I was 14. They were a lifesaver for me! I’m far sighted, with a strong prescription, so glasses have been something I’ve struggled with over the years. Would love to see this frame in a bifocal!

  10. That sounds like a traumatic first memory! Thank you for sharing your story though; that is definitely something I don’t read about too often!

  11. I was just at the eye doctor yesterday! 🙂 Thanks for the tip about Firmoo. I can’t wait to browse!

  12. I like #FRM8821!

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