As far as my vision is concerned, I must have been hit with the magic bullet at birth. Every member of my family uses reading glasses, and many have to use glasses all the time just to see clearly 20 feet ahead of them. Perhaps that’s why so many members of my family have gone into vision-related fields of work (some cousins own a glasses shop in Canada, my cousin is getting a doctorate in vision-related sciences, my great-grandpa was a watchmaker and in his spare time made eye glasses). But I am the only member of my immediate family with 20/20 vision. Go figure.
Who knows? In a few years I may need glasses as well (at least for reading), and if so I would be hitting up my cousins, but not everyone is so lucky. Glasses are expensive. I remember last year the guitarist of my band lost his glasses on the first day of tour, and they were so expensive to replace on the road that he just walked around half-blind for a week and a half. Stores are expensive. I know you can buy glasses online for about $15 at places like Optical4Lessâ€“ hey, they’re sponsoring this post, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t include a link to their site.
Another band mate walked into practice the other day with brand new white shoes. We asked where he got them, and he mentioned online. Isn’t that weird, though, to buy shoes you’ve never worn? What if they don’t fit right? I asked him this, and he assured me that as long as you’re buying the brands that you like, odds are that they’re going to feel the same. I guess the same goes for things like glasses. If you’re replacing your frames, you know what kind of styles and makes you like; why bother going to a shop? Plus, Optical4Less has a virtual try-on system and free shipping when you order more than one pair. I may be doing my cousin’s business a disservice by posting thisâ€¦but hell, they haven’t written me in years.