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My glasses make me feel unreal / are provoking feelings of derealization

I've worn glasses for the last ten years, and ever since I've got them, I've experienced what I can only describe as minor feelings of derealization. Everything always seems.... a little strange with them on - it's as if the world is not quite there, and everything is slightly unreal. How can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by inner_frustration on Oct 11, 2016 - 17 answers

The visually impaired leading the visually impaired

What tricks and hacks do you know that have made you life with glasses better? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Sep 7, 2016 - 34 answers

Is there a best shape for progressive (varifocal) glasses?

About a year ago I got my first pair of varifocal (or progressive) glasses. It was an improvement on my previous situation, and I'm not unhappy with them. However, I wonder if I made a mistake with the shape of the lens. The frames are rectangular and the lenses are about 6cms across and 3cms down. [more inside]
posted by Prof Iterole on Aug 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Mirrored sunglasses (no, really *really opaquely* mirrored sunglasses)

I'm trying to find online-purchasable, prescription sunglasses with mirror filming opaque enough that you can't see my eyes through the lenses (most searches for "opaque mirrored sunglasses" do not produce these). Any ideas? (Photo of exactly what I do/don't want inside.) [more inside]
posted by rollcredits on Jul 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Excuse me sir, have you seen my spectacles?

Where can I get pretty glasses in London? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Jul 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Recs for website or app that recommends eyewear based on design specs?

I.e., frame size, materials, style, weight. Alternatively, actual recs for a frame are welcome! [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Jun 30, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me find the best pair of glasses in the world...again.

Or something extremely similar. Pictures and details inside. I've had this amazing pair of glasses for roughly 18 years. They never lose their shape and seem to be nearly indestructible. And that's why I'm scared. I'm afraid I'm going to lose them and end up with a new pair that's inferior. I never see anything similar to them anywhere. Help me find similar glasses, so I'm not up a creek without my eyewear when that terrible day comes that I can't find them. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Jun 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Maybe I just made too many lucky guesses on the letter chart?

I think somehow my optometrist has underestimated how strong my glasses need to be. (My vision is still blurry after giving myself a month to adjust to the new prescription. When I put on my friend's glasses, who has a stronger prescription than mine, it gets dramatically clearer.) Is this a "ask them to fix it for free" situation or a "suck it up and pay out of pocket for a new prescription" situation? And is there anything I can do to avoid getting mis-measured again in the future?
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 13, 2016 - 20 answers

Help with my Sweaty Specs.

So, a few months back, I started wearing glasses. They've improved my life a lot. However, in summer months, my workplace gets really warm, which makes me sweat, and makes my glasses slide dowm ny nose, which is a major league nuisance. I've asked my glasses-weaing co-workers if they knew a solution, and none of them did. But I figure the mefi braintrust might have some ideas.
posted by jonmc on Jun 5, 2016 - 23 answers

How would I know if I need glasses?

I went to the opticians last Friday. Apparently my astigmatism is borderline for needing glasses, she said not to get any then and I'm to go back if I experience problems and they'll fill the prescription. How do I know when that is? [more inside]
posted by plonkee on Jun 1, 2016 - 13 answers

Are Shuron Clip-On Sunglasses A Good Idea?

So it's finally come to this: I need to wear prescription sunglasses while driving. I'm wearing progressive lenses in Shuron Ronsir Zyl frames, which I love. I was thinking to save money I'd get prescription sunglass lenses for just the the driving part, (distance only), not progressive lenses; then I remembered that you can get clip-ons for the Ronsirs. My question(s) is for Shuron Ronsir wearers who have the clip-ons: [more inside]
posted by chococat on May 31, 2016 - 6 answers

Teeny tiny GPS?

My 7 1/2 year old just got glasses. Having been 8-year-olds with glasses ourselves, we know that some level of damage and loss is probably to be expected. We paid for the damage insurance plan, but that won't help if he loses them. What's our best option for a GPS-like device to help us (literally, if possible) keep tabs on them? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on May 30, 2016 - 23 answers

I want Ali Wong's glasses!

I watched Ali Wong's Netflix special last night. I LOVED her glasses and want to know who makes them and if anyone sells them. So do a lot of other people. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on May 29, 2016 - 6 answers

How do you wear sunglasses?

If you normally wear prescription glasses, when do you wear sunglasses instead? Do you wear them when you go outside and switch when you go indoors? Do you wear them only when driving? Do you carry both pairs around with you? Please explain the nuts and bolts of wearing sunglasses (and glasses) to me. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on May 11, 2016 - 61 answers

MYOPIC BRETHREN please help me swim

How do you, my fellow glasses/contacts wearers, handle swimming in pools? [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Apr 21, 2016 - 51 answers

Like Warby Parker, but not

What brick-and-morter eyewear stores in New York are similar to Warby Parker in style and cost? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 8, 2016 - 12 answers

New glasses frames, high myopia/progressives

I'm looking for new eyeglass frames and want some new ideas for what to look for. My prescription is -9.00 SPH, -2.25 CYL, ADD +1.00. This places several constraints on what I can wear. The frames need to be small enough that the lenses will not be Coke bottles but need to be tall enough to accommodate the progressives, and I'm a little stumped on ideas for my next pair. [more inside]
posted by anonymonkey on Mar 3, 2016 - 15 answers

Do I need an ophthalmologist or an optometrist?

I think I might suddenly need glasses, and have a few questions. I don't think I'll be able to have an eye exam until Friday. I started noticing pain in one eye last week--it sort of feels like the eye muscle is straining to focus, and it really hurts. I also noticed that if I cover each eye, the opposite eye has blurry vision (though with both open, things are only slightly blurry). Do I just need a standard eye exam, or should I book an appointment with an opthalmologist? I don't really know the difference, and spending time googling is painful for my eyes right now. Other info: I have to work long hours on a computer. I've had horrible insomnia over the last week, and have been taking Benadryl to try to help me sleep, which I know can dry the eyes. I've never worn glasses before.
posted by three_red_balloons on Feb 17, 2016 - 26 answers

Two different optometry prescriptions - does this equal disaster?

After 35+ years of spectacle wearing I've decided to give contacts a go. So at my latest optometry visit I asked the specialist about it and she said it was possible. However It seems that, here in Turkey at least, I am not able to get a lens strong enough for my left eye. So the specialist has written two different prescriptions. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Feb 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Please can you explain my glasses prescription?

I am really puzzled by my glasses prescription. The optician said my eyes had got worse, which makes sense since everything has been blurry lately. But when I looked at websites explaining glasses prescriptions, it actually looks like my eyes have improved. Also the optician said my new glasses will let me see 20/20 whereas my old glasses didn't. When I asked why the last optician I saw couldn't make me up glasses for 20/20 vision, she didn't know. Opticians of MeFi, please can you help explain this to me? [more inside]
posted by maybeandroid on Jan 28, 2016 - 7 answers

You are not my optometrist.

I am moderately nearsighted and currently wear glasses with a prescription of roughly -3 in each eye. I take my glasses off to read, and always have. This is not because writing appears blurry with my glasses on, but because reading with my glasses on causes my eyes to strain, or feels like it does, and it has always just felt more comfortable to take them off. Does this make me a bad candidate for contacts or corrective surgery? Do I just need to get used to reading with my vision corrected? Is this something bifocals/bifocal contacts can address?
posted by eugenen on Jan 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Can I order reading glasses online without an eye exam?

I have hit the point where I need reading glasses. I have one pair I like a lot. I want to buy a bunch more similar pairs from Zenni and I'm not totally sure how to make sense of conflicting information. Could you give me advice? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 28, 2015 - 19 answers

Washington Apple Health Optometrist

Anyone had any good experiences with an optometrist in Seattle that accepts Washington Apple Health? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 28, 2015 - 4 answers

What is the best eyeglasses shop in Richmond, VA?

I need a new pair of spectacles and I live in Richmond, VA. Where should I go? My preference is for black, heavy, Michael Stipe glasses. I had a pair a couple of years ago, but lost them. I would prefer to deal with a brick-and-mortar store. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Nov 30, 2015 - 1 answer

Where can I buy discontinued Crate & Barrel Granada glassware?

Crate & Barrel used to sell a line of glassware called Granada - image. I am specifically looking for the highball (19oz) variety. Crate & Barrel has discontinued this line and I cannot find any on eBay. Where might I find ones that I can buy?
posted by proudliberal84 on Nov 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Recurring Headaches, Only At Work

Over the last few weeks I've start getting recurrent and consistent headaches...at work. And only at work. Nothing has changed and I don't know how to go about fixing this. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Nov 14, 2015 - 28 answers

Can anyone tell me where to buy Paul Bettany's tinted glasses?

I am desperately in need of some glasses like the ones Paul Bettany is wearing in these photos. Can anyone tell me what brand they are or where to buy them please?
posted by cmp4Meta on Nov 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Couples Halloween Costumes - Short Hair and Blond Beard Edition

Hey all! Looking for an easyish Halloween costume for a cisgender straight couple. Complications? Blond beard for the dude, short hair for the woman, and glasses for both. [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Oct 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Glasses and scary aren't mutually exclusive, right?

Most Halloween costume ideas I've seen suggested for glasses-wearers seem to be either (a) silly/jokey one-note gags ("hipster [character]") or (b) specific, non-scary characters I have no interest in being. What am I not thinking of here? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Oct 21, 2015 - 18 answers

Avoiding the coke bottle look: do I need high index lenses?

Ordering new glasses. Should I spring for high index 1.67 lenses over polycarbonate? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Oct 1, 2015 - 13 answers


I'm looking for some glasses or goggles for biking. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Sep 28, 2015 - 11 answers

But she changes from day to day...

I am in my late 30s and have always been nearsighted/myopic. My prescription is -7.25 with (I am told a lot of) astigmatism. My vision is starting to change...I can see bifocals on the distant horizon. [more inside]
posted by 8603 on Aug 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I get transition lenses?

I need new glasses and sunglasses. Are transition lenses better than they used to be? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on Aug 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Quick glasses for astigmatic eyes in London?

I have an order in for some new ones, but they'll take up to a week to be delivered. And I just can't deal with the blinding headache and blurriness until then. The issue: my prescription is stronger than the lenses opticians have in stock. [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on Aug 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Is this a possible typo on my glasses prescription?

Help interpreting glasses prescription. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Aug 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Cool specs, smart guy

What style glasses is Michael Douglas wearing in Ant-Man? [more inside]
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree on Jul 28, 2015 - 3 answers

How are babies fitted with glasses?

After watching this precious video, I wondered, how are babies fitted with glasses? Optometrist visits in my experience have been highly interactive: tell me what line you can read, what looks better this or this, etc. How do they do this for babies who don't have language skills yet? How do they know they have the right prescription?
posted by cecic on Jul 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Damn spots, they're all I see

My last two pairs of glasses have ended up with tiny spots on the lenses. Two different optometrists/opticians have said they don't know why. Do you? [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jun 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me figure out how thick my eyeglass lenses will be.

I'm trying to decide between a bunch of lens options, materials and index. Of course, I'd like to get the thinnest lens I can without spending more than I have to and crossing the line of diminishing returns. Surely it's possible to know exactly how thick a lens of a given material/index with a given prescription will be. Help me find out how to determine this. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson on Jun 26, 2015 - 12 answers

Good place to buy glasses online?

Looking to buy some glasses online ... [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Jun 16, 2015 - 29 answers

New glasses, focal length is wrong?

I bought my first pair of eyeglasses recently and they look great, but after about ten days I just can't get used to them. They are sharp when I hold my phone or a book a foot from my face, but not as sharp when something is further away (like my computer screen). These are single-vision glasses so I'm not just looking through the wrong part. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Bespectacled? Yes, Be Very Spectacled 2: Electric Boogaloo

6 years ago, you helped me pick a new style of glasses and I followed the advice therein to get my current pair. Help me find my next pair, Hivemind! [more inside]
posted by plinth on Mar 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Tell me what I need to know about buying eyeglasses for the first time

Tell me what I need to know about buying eyeglasses for the first time so I ask the right questions and don't buy things I don't need. Cost is not really a factor, though; I'd rather do this right and not skimp (and regret it later). Bonus if you can recommend a specific place to go in Milwaukee. I do not want to order online. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 16, 2015 - 35 answers

She wants to see the world through these glasses!

In my friend's never-ending search for the perfect pair of frames, a friend noticed this pair and became obsessed. I want to help her find a pair as similar as possible, but they've got to be available in Canada.
posted by peppermind on Mar 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find these retro glasses!

I am trying to find the glasses in this photo. I asked the girl wearing them where she got them and she told me Chinatown in her area, but I'm coming up empty on Etsy, ebay, Amazon, Poshmark, etc. Can you help me find them? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 answers

High-prescription eyeglasses online (personal experiences appreciated!)

I have higher-than-average myopia (close to -7). I notice most online eyeglasses makers tend to charge extra for my prescription, which is not a dealbreaker, but makes me wonder whether they are the best option for me. Do you have any personal experiences with online eyeglass orders for high prescriptions? Any input appreciated. Again, cost is not the only factor for me; I'd rather have a robust frame that lasts than a cheap one that doesn't. [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on Feb 18, 2015 - 23 answers

How does this work?!

How do you read with progressive anti fatigue lenses? Please show me how. [more inside]
posted by Wontly on Feb 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Custom sunglass clip-ons

I bought a pair of glasses from Warby Parker (that I like). However, WP does not offer sunglass clip-ons, which I pretty much cannot live without. I know that there are companies that make custom clip-ons (my old-school eyewear store could get clip-ons made for just about any pair of glasses), but do any of them sell directly to the public? If so, can you recommend any you've used? Thank you.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Feb 10, 2015 - 1 answer

can glasses help me?

Can glasses help me? I have great eyesight each time I've been tested, much better than 20:20. But when I try to read a lot of small text or numbers I get terrible headaches and blurred vision. [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Jan 28, 2015 - 16 answers

Can I trust my eyes? Or my ophthalmologist?

My new prescription is dramatically different from my old one from just a couple of years ago... does that make sense? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Jan 27, 2015 - 5 answers

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