How to Get Glasses You'll Love (and Deal with Ones You Hate)
For most people, a trip to the eye doctor comes every two years. (Though for certain conditions, you may have to go more often). If your exam shows that your eye glasses prescription hasn't changed, you may opt to just keep your old frames and go on your merry way. Some people, on the other hand, are constant upgraders and shoppers, and might opt to get new frames anyway. If your prescription does change, new glasses are most likely a must-have.
No matter what the situation is, you should keep in mind several things before you make your final selection.
Questions to ask yourself when choosing eye glass frames:
- Will I be wearing these frames every day, for sports, for fun or for work?
- Am I choosing a frame that might appeal to me now because I am feeling funky, but will seem loud and garish when it is time to wear them to the office?
- What am I going to do with my current frames?
- How long will I have to wait before replacing these frames if I do decide I hate them?
- Is there a satisfaction guarantee?
Many eyeglass stores have a satisfaction guarantee which allows you to get the glasses, wear them for a day and then bring them back if you're not happy with them. Sure, the color of those frames was great on the day you tried them on, but now in the bright light of the sun, you look freakish and you just want to get them as far from you as possible. Maybe you bought a pair that your demented aunt and horrid sister-in-law got as well - and that cannot continue as far as you are concerned. If you can find a place in your area that offers this type of guarantee, then this is your best bet. However, make sure that you understand the full details before you make your purchase, because there might be restrictions in the fine print.
Choosing the right place to buy your glasses
While many people just buy their glasses right from their optometristís office, some may opt to take their prescription to an eyeglass shop. There may be some advantages to this, such as a bigger selection and better prices, but you should make sure that the staff there are knowledgeable, especially if you have a particularly strong or tricky prescription to work with. Also, don't shop anywhere that's more interested in selling you the most expensive frames than the right frames for you.
Do a little research first, and have some frame names and prices on hand so that you can do some comparison shopping. In addition, make sure that the salesperson is willing to help you make decisions about fit and function and not just focused on the ringing of the cash register. Look for a place that is well lit with lots of mirrors as well as access to a window so that you can get an idea of what the frames look like in natural light.
If you really hate your glasses
If you made a purchase and you find that you really hate the frames, you might be able to work something out, even if there is not a guarantee in place. Go to the doctor or store that you got them from and explain why you don't like them. Maybe it is merely a matter of improper fit that is keeping you from loving your frames, which is simple to adjust. If it is something other than fit though, you might have to rely on all of your powers of charm and persuasion to possibly get a break on new frames. (Remember to be polite; you definitely catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.) If that fails then you might be stuck with them until you can afford new frames or until it is time for you to get new ones.
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