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I Can See Clearly Now

The past two months were some of the roughest of my life.

My family and close friends were plagued with various health problems and hospitalizations, two of which resulted in death…and one a stillbirth.  :cry:

J and I are getting buried in medical bills (did you know what if a hospital stay runs from the end of one calendar year to the beginning of the next, your insurance company can deny claims until your annual deductible is met for both years?). 

Even smaller things like my iPod getting stolen, and my cell phone needing to be replaced, added to my seemingly-endless list of problems.

Then there were my eyes.

Long story short, the virus I had caught two months ago migrated to my left eye. Recovery was a PITA (another reason for time away from the computer screen) and treatment — which included an eye patch! — took its sweet time.

finally got the all-clear from my eye doc this past weekend. :-D  But when I went to go get a new pair of glasses for my new prescription, I was shocked to learn that even with insurance, I would need to pay $650. 8-O  SAY WHUT? I had chosen frames from the discount, no-name-brand rack too!

So I decided to do what all the cool kids are doing these days and gave Warby Parker a try. I also discovered another online prescription glasses service that offers free home try-ons: Classic Specs. The frames from Warby Parker haven’t gotten here yet, but the Classic Specs ones did…take a look!

I apologize for the quality of these photos — I’m not too good at taking selfies.

My favorite is the top middle pair (they’re also the lightest and most comfortable), while J likes the bottom right frames the best (he says he likes big glasses on girls because they make them look extra nerdy-slash-cute). I know all six pairs look very similar, but when I did the virtual try-ons, these are what looked best on me.

I’m surprised I hadn’t heard about Classic Specs before, because you can try 6 frames as opposed to Warby Parker’s 5, and you get 7 days to try them while WP gives you 5. Their turnaround time seems quicker too, because these frames were shipped the day after I placed the order — I don’t think WP has even shipped my order yet. (Their website says try-on frames usually ship 5 business days after placing the order.)

Additionally, because Classic Specs needed to make a color substitution for one of the frames I selected, they sent me a personal email apologizing for the inconvenience and gave me a coupon code for 10% off my order if I decide to purchase from them!

I hope the Warby Parker frames get here soon so that I can compare all of them side-by-side. Do you have a preference among the Classic Specs frames in the pictures above?

I’m just glad that my eyes no longer hurt…and that I can see clearly again (with contacts)!