Hi, everyone! Today’s TiF is late because the shipment didn’t come in until today, and I wanted to share with you my adventures… drum roll, please… buying glasses ONLINE!
I know. It sounds crazy, and not for nothing. It is kinda crazy. I mean, these are my eyes, the ones I use to see the road when I’m driving a car that has my family in it. You can’t mess around with that… but neither can you go four years without an examination, which is what I have done. No health insurance, no money for eye exams. I could see well enough with my old glasses, so I let it go until things stabilized financially, which they have.
It was time.
Now, let me start by saying that I’m not exactly cheap. I mean, I use Macs and I spend more for quality when I need to, and when I can afford it. But generally, if I don’t see a real advantage to spending more, I don’t. So off to Walmart I went to get my eye exam, and I had a lovely doctor who fixed me up with new contact lenses, and that was all great. I would have kept my old glasses, too, except it turns out that something weird happens to a person’s eyes as they age. The shape of the eye changes and sometimes, eyesight improves.
That’s what happened to me. It’s a marginal improvement, but enough that my old glasses were just a tad too strong, so I needed new glasses. I wanted red ones, because I wanted bright colors that said LANI because damnit, LANI should be said in bright colors, right? And at Walmart, I didn’t like any of the red frames, and I wasn’t crazy about any of the non-red frames, either. So, I left, and figured I’d wait another month or so and hit Lenscrafters, which is more expensive, but if it’s going to be on my face for a long time, I want glasses I actually like.
I came home, got online to fart around on Facebook, as I am wont to do, and right there, top of my news feed, was a link to Coastal.com. Turns out, someone I knew marginally about seventeen years ago had just purchased new glasses from them and was pleased. There was a link to a free first pair offer, and I figured, “What the hell?”
I’m like that sometimes.
I placed the order, paying extra for ultra-thin lenses and faster shipping, and the super-duper lenses weren’t part of the free promotion, but the frames were. All in all, $96, which is honestly about what I would pay with insurance when I had it. So, that was kind of awesome. A few days later, my glasses came in the mail, and they were lovely and cute and red…
… and I couldn’t see a damn thing through them. Turned out, my doctor wrote my prescription down funky, and so when I entered it in the program, it wasn’t right. Totally not their fault, but they paid for the shipping to return the glasses (even though it wasn’t their fault, they have a 366-day, return-for-any-reason-at-all policy) and I ordered a new pair and three days after placing my order, they were here.
I put them on, and I can see! Not only that, they’re kinda cute!
They were a little weird at first, as it always is when you transition from contacts to glasses, but I’m getting used to them and loving them more and more as I go. I highly recommend Coastal.com, and they still have the free pair offer! Just go on over and use FIRSTPAIRFREE in the checkout. And if you use my link here, I get credit toward my next pair, which will be good because Light has been known to permanently misplace glasses. 🙂
So, that’s my Try it Friday, not at all inconsistent with all my TiF’s—doing something a little bit insane on a whim. But sometimes, it works out!