I realised I needed glasses when I was 12. I was in Year 7, and I realised I couldn’t see anything the teachers were writing on the blackboard! I was really self-conscious and insecure about wearing glasses so I hardly wore them and stupidly spent most of my years at Secondary copying off my friends. It didn’t do me any favours whatsoever! My eyesight got worse and I was constantly squinting at people! So much so that many of them wrongly mistook the squinting as “dirty looks”, when really, all I was doing was just trying to work out who it was that was waving or walking towards me! I don’t think I even realised I was doing it! It wasn’t until I was 15 years old that I started to wear my specs all the time. I was 15 and studying for my GCSE’s. (Oooh, things were getting serious now!) I HAD to wear my glasses and start paying attention in class…
I can’t see a thing without glasses now, it’s horrible! However, being more comfortable with myself as an adult now, I am totally fine with wearing glasses and I have seven pairs now. I’ve had the odd indirect comment like “those glasses need to go” (?!?), making me wonder if they think I’m wearing glasses for fun. Contacts lenses are the other option but I’ve never found them comfortable, I’ll only wear them if I absolutely have to, like on nights out or formal occasions.
When it comes to frames, I’ve had all kinds throughout the years! I’ve bought a few pairs of glasses online before, but not without trying them on at the high street opticians first. They tend to be a lot cheaper online too but I strongly recommend you trying the frames on in a shop before you place an order on a website, just to check if they suit the shape of your face. My new pair are from MyOptique
and the frames are by London Retro
*, a brand which was created in 2011. These are my favourite pair at the moment because the lenses are perfect, I’ve been so impressed with them! My prescription is quite strong so depending on what frames they are, and how thinned down the lenses are, the lens can sometimes distort my vision, making it slightly uncomfortable at times. It’s quite a minor issue but it can be annoying, it’s usually when I’m focusing on text. (Maybe I need reading glasses aswell?) My new London Retro glasses have been absolutely fine, though, no double vision at all. I really like the frames too, I’ve wanted a tortoise shell one for ages. The only thing about these are that they’re a bit tight around my ears so round about six hours or so, they get a bit sore! That can easily be sorted at the opticians though, I think they can loosen it. If you’re in to the retro, vintage, Lana Del Rey-esque sort of style, then do check out MyOptique, it is one of the best glasses website I’ve seen, it is so much more stylish than the usual optician store!
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