Four Eyes

Merrick wrote a post last week about how she always wanted glasses when she was growing up. This kind of boggles my mind because the glasses she saw most often during those formative years of her life were these ones:

And I can’t imagine that those glasses would make anyone think they were cool. If Merrick writes a post next about how she always wanted an oversized beige shirt from violin camp (not pictured – you are welcome), I’ll know my work is done.

Fortunately, glasses have come a long long way since the 90s. And the nice thing about having legitimately terrible eyesight is that insurance actually covers the cost of frames (if you have no need for glasses, you’re on your own to pay for them – you’ll have to comfort yourself with your perfect vision).

I didn’t have employer-covered vision insurance until I did an internship during grad school in Texas. I was so thrilled that I booked an appointment during my first week of work and finally replaced the glasses I’d been (not) wearing since my sophomore year of high school.

(Side note: Bart has perfect vision and he is shocked by the fact that I can’t see without my glasses or contacts. Some day, I need to have him come with me to an eye appointment so he can marvel at the fact that, with my bad eye, the only letter I can see on the chart is the giant E. And that’s zero exaggeration).

Now that we’re back to student life, we have no vision insurance through an employer, so I signed up for VSP Direct to enable my wanting-to-see habit (it’s very affordable and has a huge selection of frames in a wide range of styles).

And they are one of the items I wear the most frequently, except you almost never see me wear them in photos because I lack the ability to take photos that don’t have mega glasses glare.

P.S. VSP Direct is hosting a sweepstakes for glasses and free vision coverage – you can enter here. If you win, promise me you won’t get ones that look like the pair I wore from 1993-2000.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  • Reply Lady Susan October 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    "If Merrick writes a post next about how she always wanted an oversized beige shirt from violin camp (not pictured – you are welcome), I'll know my work is done."

    Ha! It sort of boggles my mind that people would wear glasses when they don't actually need to. (I am blind as a bat without glasses/contacts.) Luckily, I too married a guy with perfect vision so my children have some hope.

  • Reply Emily October 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I've had glasses since first grade, and my little sister thought all through elementary school that she'd get glasses, too. She didn't need them until she was 25, and she still doesn't really "need" them – one morning she texted me that she was at work, and "Oops, I forgot my glasses!" Um…if I tried to drive without my glasses I wouldn't even make it out of the driveway!

  • Reply Magdalena October 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    VSP is the vision insurance I have through work, and they're pretty much the best. I think my favorite part is that they cover both glasses lenses and contact lenses in the same year instead of making me choose. I had glasses quite similar to yours in elementary school except mine were all sorts of colors. Frame styles have definitely come a long way since then…

  • Reply Lisa {} October 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Ha! I was going to copy and paste the exact same quote as lady Susan. You crack me up! 🙂

  • Reply Meg C October 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Gosh, do our similarities never end? I have over sized violin camp shirts from every summer… (maybe they're the same camp?!). I also had the same type of glasses as you, except my frames were pink camouflage. Zero exaggeration.

  • Reply JoLee October 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I have terrible eyes. TERRIBLE. And my husband, like Bart, has perfect vision. He is so clueless about eye exams, glasses, contacts, and all that jazz. It's like I'm talking to him in a foreign language.

  • Reply Janet October 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Okay, I am kinda sorta dying over the "vintage" Janssen & sibling photos. Love!

  • Reply Kristin October 15, 2013 at 2:15 am

    My eyesight is terrible! As in awful , terrible! I can only see the Big E with both eyes and it fascinates my kids that I can not even differentiate colors without my glasses on. My husband's eyesight isn't perfect, but he only needs his glasses to watch TV and he is required to wear them to drive (although he has forgotten them on occasion and can see fine). I cringe when I see myself in the glass I used to wear. Thankfully I have better taste in eyewear now, but I usually just wear my contacts when I go out anyway.

  • Reply Sanja T October 15, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I love the fact that glasses are a cool accessory now. Makes me not dread wearing mine. And I know what you mean about the glare. Even my anti-glare glasses have a blue sheen in pictures. Annoying.


  • Reply Angela Noelle of SK October 15, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Childhood glasses = tortoise shell circles. Giant. Horrid.

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