I started wearing eyeglasses when I was 16. That number not a coincedence. In fact, although I passed the driving portion of my test with only a few points knocked off on parallel parking (because it was in a subdivision and the guy whose car she made me park by came outside and STARED AT ME) and scored an A+ on the written portion, I failed the vision exam. Yes, failed. First, I insisted that the machine was broken because I saw nothing on the left side, until the examiner came around looked at the machine and pointed out that she could see the left side just fine.
As you can imagine, I turned around and looked at my mom panicked, because who fails the eye portion of the driver's license test!? My mom came over and promised the woman that she'd take me to get prescription glasses immediately. The woman was very kind and gave me my license, taking my mom's word. And true to my mom's word, she did take me immediately and hey, apparently I was almost legally blind in my left eye--but my right eye spent all these years overcompensating and had near perfect vision, which was why I'd made it so far without a noticeable vision problem.
But who wants to get glasses at sixteen!? Not me. I picked out the least noticeable pair of glasses and endured a year with them, until I could finally, blissfully wear contacts. Since then, though, I've learned to love glasses. They're fun and can be an accessory, but they're also so expensive. Since I have a blind spot in my left eye that requires expensive, custom contacts, I pretty much shoot my insurance quota right away. So if I get glasses, they come out of pocket and do you know how much the optometrist charges?
I've never bought prescription eyeglasses anywhere other than the optometrist, so I was really excited when Glasses USA contacted me about a review. I've never really looked into ordering glasses online, but now I'm pretty much hooked because oh my goodness, the prices! I couldn't believe how cheap they were, and I love that the prices make me feel like I could order a few fun pairs without taking out a second mortgage on my house. I always get basic brown or black at the optometrist, but I definitely ordered burgundy glasses with rhinestones. I love them. I love that they are lightweight and crazy cute, plus they came in a matching case with a pink cleaning cloth. I've received so many compliments on them and every time I tell someone the price, they a) can't believe it and b) ask for the URL so they can order a pair.
Aside from the price and selection, there are some things that I really love about Glasses USA (you might be interested in joining their Facebook fan page). You can upload a picture of yourself to virtually "try on" any of their glasses. They're also an eco-friendly and compassionate company. If you return a pair of glasses, they don't restock them. Instead, they donate the glasses to organizations that provide glasses for those who cannot afford them. The willingness to give instead of just making a profit really says a lot about the heart of the company.
I'm already thinking about my next pair of glasses, because I love that I can finally afford to buy a pair of fun, funky glasses that I might not wear every day but can still justify purchasing! If you're interested in buying a pair, too, Glasses USA has offered a 10% discount with the code Blog10. The best part? The code never expires. All you need is your prescription!
I was given glasses to facilitate this review, but I really do love this company.