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Waking up to the Clatter o' Doom - Convolutions of an Evil Mind
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Waking up to the Clatter o' Doom
There's nothing quite like sleepily groping for one's glasses in the morning, bump them, and hear something clatter loudly on the bedside table.

Yes, with that mild little bump, my eyeglass frames snapped and one of my lenses was now roaming loose in my bedroom.

Now for some people, this might not be a big deal and only a minor inconvenience, but since I'm horribly near-sighted, it's one of those profoundly annoying "well, SHIT" moments. No, I don't wear contacts for various reasons -- my prescription is extremely strong and somewhat wacky, the air quality in the city I live majorly sucks (pollen counts regularly in the 1000s), etc.

Luckily, three years ago, I splurged and bought a pair of prescription sunglasses at about the same time as I got my now-broken pair. So at least I could SEE where I was going. This is significant, because without my glasses, I only see things clearly if they're within 6 inches of my nose. I kid you not.

Viewing my LCD monitor with sunglasses on was rather tricky due to both the sunglasses and the monitor being polarized in different directions -- tilt my head the wrong way and I couldn't see a damn thing. Try it yourself.

I have the unfortunate tendency of not buying new glasses until forced to (i.e., the old ones break) because eyeglass shopping is such a pain. Some people have the luxury of being to choose their glasses based purely on aesthetics. In contrast, I consider myself lucky if I can find something that will fit both me and my prescription, and not make me look like a total dork.

-1- The frames have got to be titanium because I'm allergic to nickel, so add at least $50 extra for that.
-2- The lenses have to be the right size (not too big) and non-rectangular because my prescription is so strong because even under the best circumstances, the edges of my lenses are easily over 1/2 inch
-3- They have to be of the highest index and lightest weight available, due to the prescription (so add on at least $100 for that)
-4- My eyes are close together so the lenses have to be relatively close together, too, but my face is broad, so the frames have to be wide enough.
-5- I can't see a damn thing without glasses so I have to rely on other people to tell me how I look in various frames.

You get the general idea. Note that none of the above requirements take into account personal whims about fashion or style. Sadly, I will never be able to wear that dashing pair of Raybans or designer sunglasses, although my boring functional pair probably costs as much, if not more. Fortunately, my health insurance provides a very hefty discount, otherwise, I'd be easily shelling out $350+ for each pair of glasses. O_o When I see ads for glasses at $99, I always laugh.

So between a visit to the eye doctor -- because if you're going to drop $100s on a pair of glasses, you damn well better make sure your prescription is correct -- and looking for a pair that would fit, and waiting for over 2 hours for the Lenscrafter lab to get the glasses ready (no 'glasses in 1 hour' for me!), my day was pretty much gone.

However, I may be a few hundred dollars poor, but at least I now can see properly. ::great sigh of relief::

BTW, my new eyeglass frames are "violet rose" and have tiny rhinestones on the sides. But I figure that if someone's close enough to notice them, they're seriously invading my personal space. So there. Hmph.

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

8 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
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kikotei From: kikotei Date: June 7th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, now that you've said that watch me invade you personal space when I see you next!
yashahime From: yashahime Date: June 8th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I...can relate to this. Aside from the nickel allergy--I'm fortunate in that--I have pretty much the same problem. I was legally blind in my left eye a few years ago, thanks to a detached retina, so my prescription for that eye is pretty much the strongest possible that can be made. (You'd think, with all the times I'd been in there when I had insurance, Lenscrafters would keep a lense in stock for me, but NOOoooo...!) I now have in my drawer the old pair that had badly-scratched lenses, so I can search for the new pair at need, OR drive to get them fixed. Give them to some starving blind kid in Mexico? Never! I need them for a starving blind artist right here in m' own home.
rainbowfragment From: rainbowfragment Date: June 15th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You'd think, with all the times I'd been in there when I had insurance, Lenscrafters would keep a lense in stock for me, but NOOoooo...!)

Oh, I hear you. Change prescription, drop a few hundred on the most strong, thin, and powerful lens/frames out there, and then another week or so goes by before the blasted lenses are in. Frustrating becasue put a hand 3 inches from my nose and it goes--whoosh--into into mere smudges of color.

By the way, I'm a giggly fangirl of your fanfiction--especially the Gundam Wing, Weiss, and Ranma 1/2! ^_^
plotbunnydoom From: plotbunnydoom Date: June 9th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I never thought I'd find somebody who was as nearsighted as me. Actually my eyes might be even worse (hard to tell over the net). Luckily I don't have allergies, just a small head.

I emphasize with you on the whole ordeal. It's hell trying to find glasses that look even decent with all of those restrictions.
soloyuymaxwell From: soloyuymaxwell Date: June 9th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Bleh...

Glasses suck... >.< I've struggled many years with those things, and I'm glad I grew out of needing them... XP I always looked like this likke bug-like girl with glasses covering half my face... =o.o=

*Wonders if her water has been drugged because she has this increasingly insane urge to bounce*
aliechan From: aliechan Date: June 10th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

hihi

I just popped in from Yaoi_Daily because I was curious. Depending on where you live, you can get pretty inexpensive glasses that follow your requirements. Get the foldable crushable titanium rimless glasses. If you have a good glasses maker, he/she can customize a special shape for you and your eyes which will make it easier for you. Wholesale, the titanium frames are less than $50. Of course, there are websites that allow you to order online for cheap if you don't have a large city close by where you know someone. I would have to dig those up. They require a lot more info than your eye doctor usually gives, but they can do all the measurements at the eye doctor's office if you ask for them... things like pupil distance and stuff. I have -8.25 in the left eye and -9.00 in the right + astigmatism, so I know your pain. I used to spend close to $500 a pair of glasses, but I've been getting them for about $50 to $75 lately once I found a source. I am also allergic to titanium.
aliechan From: aliechan Date: June 10th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hihi

I'm sorry! I didn't read that you'd already gotten a pair of glasses! and I made a typo... >_< I'm allergic to nickel, I meant.

In case you are interested in the info, just let me know, and I will dig it up. You will be amazed how much Lenscrafters and others overcharges its customers. The place I go to also supplies some of those stores. When they say they are going to "send it out" and you have to wait a few days, they go to places like that.
sepias From: sepias Date: June 16th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello. I loved your RK fanfiction; would you mind if I friended you? Thanks :)
8 hisses or Hiss in my ear....