Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mr. D does hate to make a spectacle of himself

Poor Mr. D--like most men of a certain ... ahem...age, he's wearing the full body armour of denial. But when the man asks me to read the numbers off a credit card to him--well, it's time for some reading glasses. He'd come home from work with a head ache, resist reading for pleasure, hold bills and menus and newspapers closer and further from his face to achieve some semblance of focus--all for the want of eyeglasses. Even after trying on reading glasses at Flanagan's Wine Review one night (several strengths and styles helpfully provided on each table), he had to confess he needed reading glasses, but refused to get them. "That's like admitting I'm old," he argued.

When I got an offer from GlassesUSA to review free prescription glasses, I shot an email back, "I don't wear glasses because I am young and practically perfect in every way. But my husband could use a pair of reading glasses...any chance I could get a pair and review them on his behalf?" To my surprise, both Hillary from Glasses USA and Mr. D agreed to that arrangement. I pass on dozens of offers to review products, but for the sake of my husband and the future of his ability to function in literate society, I chose to review these eyeglasses.

Ordering the glasses online was easy--they offer a full range eyeglass frames--metal, plastic, and titanium in every imaginable style. I liked how the GlassesUSA set up their web site, too. You can shop by price range, gender, lens type or material. Navigation around the site is simple and the price for almost every pair I looked at was under $50. My sole complaint is that they don't show the frames on models, the eyeglasses are shown alone so it's tough to imagine what they might look like on differently shaped faces and heads, but that's a risk you take with shopping for anything online--from blue jeans to earrings.



After much deliberation, I finally selected Politico Gunmetal. Four days later they arrived in our mailbox packaged in a sturdy case with a polishing cloth. Mr. D was delighted. He's pleased to see clearly now and has spent hours reading and working on Sudoku puzzles with his new glasses. They're very comfortable, lightweight and well-made. He has never worn glasses before and wears these for hours on end without complaint or notice. His head is pretty big and the frames are wonderfully flexible--he was surprised at that since every pair of sunglasses he's ever worn have been tight on his head. Mr. D's new glasses from Glasses USA fit well and they're attractive on him. (Yes, it's true, Green Girl will make passes on men who wear glasses--just ask Mr. D!)

Finally, I'm happy to endorse Glasses USA because they produce quality eyeglasses in New Jersey, and I prefer to buy products made in the USA when I can. The company recycles returned eyeglasses by donating all of their returned eyeglasses to various organizations around the US who fit prescriptions to people all over the world who can't afford vision care.

If you or your spouse, child, or friend need eyeglasses of any kind, check out Glasses USA. They've generously agreed to offer my readers 10% off their final order. Use the coupon code "refer" when you're checking out on their site--the coupon code never expires. I'm not getting any more from Glasses USA other than the free pair of reading glasses for Mr. D and the bliss that comes from gloating because I'm right and got him to finally cave and wear reading glasses, but should I ever need to buy another pair, I'm heading to their web site. I told you reading glasses would make life better, Mr. D. You should always listen to my wisdom.

Spill it, reader, do you use eyeglasses? Contacts? Have you had corrective surgery so they're not necessary any longer?

26 comments:

  1. Glasses since 4th grade. Not to read with...but I do need them to drive, etc.

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  2. I never wore glasses at all until about 3 years ago, but the need for both a distance correction and reading glasses AND the fact that when teaching you need to be looking out at things and then reading means I wear progressive lenses. Which actually are pretty nifty and stylish.

    When I'm not working I rely on the umpteen pair of reading glasses stashed around the house and car.

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  3. Glasses since middle school. Husband got them at age 6. Both daughters have them and the 9 y.o. just got bifocals. In fact, the 9 y.o.'s new glasses were the fourth set of lenses we'd purchased in 18 months. As you can imagine, we spend a small fortune on eyewear.

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  4. I need glasses... and so does Veto I think. You know, I bought a few cute pairs of those magnifying-type spectacles and they've done the trick so far but now... I'm at my arm's length to see anything with or without them *sigh*

    I wish the offer was open to Canadians!

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  5. One morning I woke up and sat down to read the morning paper. I couldn't. It was that fast. I went from young, youthful eyes, to blind as a bat, in one night.

    And to make matters worse, I don't even hear that well. :(

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  6. I too have succumbed to old age and had to buy glasses for the first time a year ago.
    So glad your big guy is young enough to remember to wear his. I've grown old enough I can't ever remember where I've put them. Hense, I'm typing with my nose inches from the screen.
    So, I guess, maybe I'll check out this company. That is if I don't forget.

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  7. I wear glasses for reading and writing. They live on my bedside table, and Sean says I am Sex-ay in them.

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  8. Actually, those prices are really good....

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  9. I'm actually far sighted, and do need glasses. My last prescription is 10 years old. I need new ones. I got the new prescription over 6 months ago, and have ordered glasses, but just can't bring myself to pick them up. I need them badly, but don't really want to depend on them. Weird, huh?

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  10. I needed glasses in 6th grade. I wear contacts all the time, very rarely glasses. I haven't had surgery because it isn't guaranteed for life. If they can work on that, maybe I'd consider it.

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  11. Shortly before my 40th birthday reading became a problem. I relied on reading glasses until last year when I finally got a pair of progressive lens for work so I could read in meetings and not have to peer over the tops of my readers when talking to people!

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  12. I wear reading glasses that I get at Costco. 3 pairs for about $20.

    I really need bifocals for middle distances, but I have tried them and just can't get used to tilting my head up to read and I trip over my feet.

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  13. I have been wearing glasses/contacts for the last 30 years.

    And by the way GG readers...she got her age wrong! She is 38

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  14. I wear glasses. I didn't need glasses until I hit 40 and then my eye sight went downhill. I've tried contacts, but haven't had much success with them. My eyes just don't tear enough to make them comfortable. I'm also not a candidate for corrective surgery due to accute astigmatism.

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  15. I am severely myopic - something worse than 20/600. I have worn glasses and/or contacts since second grade, when my parents noticed that I had stopped reading billboards out loud.

    My second-greatest dream is to wake up in the morning and SEE. I plan to have Lasik surgery as soon as I can afford it.

    Even though I already wear corrective lenses, I started using reading glasses a few years ago. Himself needs them, too - I may have to start calling him Cleo because he seems very comfortable down there in denial.

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  16. I pretty much need corrective vision for any distance now. It used to be just far away, but I just took my glasses off to look at the computer screen because I thought surely I wouldn't need anything to read something THAT close...and yeah, the letters are blurry.

    I noticed my vision getting worse when I was a junior in HS - my grandparents got me glasses, and I kept them tucked in my backpack only to pull them out long enough to read what was on the board and then quickly put them away. I got my first pair of contacts when I was about 18, and have been wearing them ever since. My 12 yr old started wearing glasses when she was about 10. We're considering contacts for her since she plays sports now.

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  17. Glasses since 3rd grade, until 5 years ago, when I took the plunge and got corrective surgery. The best thing I ever did for myself. No more reliance on glasses or contacts, which is a big deal because I was one prescription step away from not being able to wear contacts anymore, because my eyes were so bad.

    Farmer had the surgery too, a year later...we both are grateful. :)

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  18. Just got reading glassses Sat & I did not even realize I was not using them till I read your post.... ummm they won't help my headaches if they are not on my face. LOL

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  19. I wear glasses. And I need new frames. I want bright red frames this time. Here's my question: who fits the frames on you when you order them online?

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  20. Okay, this may be a really stupid question, but how did you know what Mr. D's prescription was?

    I want to order some new glasses and I'm sure my hubby needs some too. I'll have to check out their site. Thanks! :)

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  21. I wore glasses from ages 2 - 13 for crossed eyes, luckily getting them off just in time for the dating years. At 30, my growing farsightedness meant I needed them again. And, contacts drive me nuts, so I kick it old school with glasses.

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  22. Hooray for Mr. D. How lucky for him to have found a wife like you to show him the error of his ways! :)

    I've worn glasses since I was a kid, mostly for watching TV and seeing things at a distance. I don't use them for reading or at the computer, but I've been wondering if I might need to start. I have no interest in contacts or corrective surgery--yikes! And I just got sassy new frames! ;)

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  23. I wear contacts by day with reading glasses over the top, bifocal glasses when I take the contacts out. Now that's old! I'm extremely nearsighted.

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  24. awwh......I'm do for an eye exam too....but I've been putting it off....better call!

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  25. Middle Child wears contacts, and the mister wears eyeglasses. I definitely make passes at the mister who wears glasses.

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  26. I have had glasses or contacts for 30 years. 4 years ago (almost to the day) I had laser eye surgery performed by a respected laser eye surgeon. It did not go well and I haven't been able to see clearly since. Glasses and contacts can't help me because I need a corneal transplant to fix this bad outcome. This ordeal is a much longer story, but the bottom line is to make sure you do your homework before you have any elective surgery. You can't always trust the experts with your health. Especially when laser eye surgery is such a cash cow for surgeons. Had a done the same research before the surgery as I have done since I would have known I was never a good candidate for laser eye surgery. God only knows what is going to happen when I need readers....

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Spill it, reader.