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I have been wearing glasses since third grade… I was doomed since both of my parents have terrible vision. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Of course, I was less than enthused at that eye appointment when the doctor announced, “You need glasses, my dear!” What the heck was she so excited for?! Kids were going to call me names and make fun of me. And swimming was never my favorite thing, but now I was going to have to do it blind! This was the exact opposite of exciting and I glared the excitement right out of my eye doctor.
My mom dragged me to the mall where I tried on pair after pair of frames. I chose the thinnest, most invisible frames I possibly could. Maybe no one else would notice. Wishful thinking, I know. We milled around the mall waiting for my new glasses. So much for “ready in an hour” – try two and a half hours. I slid the glasses on my face. And was immediately torn between mentally hearing the taunting kids at school and a little thrilled that I could see. And I mean I could actually, really see. Not just blurry shapes and words a few feet in front of me. I could read the sign by the register… in the store across from where we were! It was amazing! And then I saw my reflection in the glass and was back to less than enthused.
The summer before I went into high school, my mom finally decided I could try contacts. It was love at first sight, literally. I loved them. Being able to wear any old pair of sunglasses and see while I was swimming was amazing. I have been an avid contact wearer every since.
My love/hate relationship with prescription eyewear has had it’s rocky points over the past 15+ years. It’s an adjustment and I would love to have perfect vision, like my husband – lucky duck! Getting up in the middle of the night with babies and many other activities would be a lot easier if I didn’t have to put glasses on or contacts in first. But, I’ve learned to live with it. One thing that has never seemed to fade though is the sticker shock! It’s expensive for me to be able to see! The cost of the eye exam, the frames, the lenses, the contacts (I have an astigmatism and they contacts I wear are NOT cheap), the fitting, the solution, the cases, it all adds up pretty quickly.
This is why I love Coastal.com. They have a gigantic selection of eyeglasses, everything from frames to lenses. The variety is amazing. They have it all, from discounted designer frames to cute and totally budget-friendly ones. They also have a large selection of contact lenses. When had my first contact exam and fitting, I expected to be prescribed a brand I had heard of on TV or the radio or in magazines. Not so. The brand I was prescribed was one I’d never heard of before and it can be difficult to find lenses because my vision is really THAT bad. Coastal.com offers free shipping and 366 day returns. There are tons of styles, frame shapes and colors to choose from. Ordering is a breeze and super convenient. Way better than spending your time roaming the mall for two and a half hours, or having to go back and pick up your glasses or contacts on another day. Definitely a big plus in my book. Who wants to tote two hooligan kids to an eye appointment, picking out frames and lenses and the fitting session? Eek, not me! This is definitely my kind of eyewear shopping!
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