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How I spent my $1,000
How did I spent $1,000? It wasn't on summer vacation, that much is certain. On Saturday the 17th, lady_curmudgeon and I went to LensCrafters so I could have an eye exam and order new glasses. Over a decade has passed since I've seen an optometrist and my old glasses were quite scratched (so scratched, in fact, that the office couldn't read the prescription on one of the lenses -- the machine just sort of threw its proverbial arms in the air and said "Hell if I know!") so I figured I was due. Curmudgeon's been telling me to see an eye doctor for about the last year, but I never saw the need (har har) because I could still see through my old glasses just fine -- it was just a matter of the lenses being scratched up. And, stupidly, I was always so busy I just never took the time. But hey, I finally got around to it!

Luckily everything in the exam came back normal, with the optomap procedure finding no issues other than a bit of thinning that is relatively normal for somebody as nearsighted as myself. In fact, my main reason for not going in over the last ten years (that I could still see fine through my old lenses, even with all the scratches) was confirmed by the doctor: my prescription hasn't changed, and if it has it's actually gotten a little bit better. Once I had the new prescription in hand it was time to shop for glasses. I hadn't forgotten how expensive they can be, and I'd budgeted several hundred dollars into my Flexible Spending Account with the intention of using it on new frames and lenses. Unfortunately I seem to have expensive taste, and I neded up walking out the door for around $915. But those $915 bought me a new set of Oakley Intake 4.0 frames in black chrome with the top-end lenses (hi index, anti-glare coating, impact resistant, rolled and polished, all the good stuff) as well as a new pair of Ray Ban sunglasses with grey, polarized top-end lenses as well.

For good measure I went over to Sam's Club and bought a third pair (Nike frames with Flexon technology) just so I'd have a set of back-up glasses. It was an expensive weekend, but if I keep these sets for ten years like I did the last batch? I'll be in pretty good shape.

Tonight LensCrafters called and told me that my glasses were in. I didn't know until we got there which set it was, butI was pleased to find that the Oakley frames had come in. I have to say that when I put them on for the first time, after years with my old, scratched up lenses? It was like seeing high-definition television for the first time. I didn't realize just how bad the scratches were on my old lenses, as I'd just sort of gotten used to it over the years. This was truly an eye opening experience, to make an unfortunate pun. I really did need these new glasses! Now the only hard part is getting used to how they sit and feel on my face. The lack of ear pieces that tuck behind my ear? It's very weird. But I like how they look!

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone

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colley From: colley Date: January 23rd, 2009 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Rock on, dude!
linnaeus From: linnaeus Date: January 23rd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh. I have a card from EyeMed issued in 2004 that says I have "Premier Plus" coverage, a level that the website doesn't seem to think exists anymore. I wonder if that still works or if I need to bug HR for a new one...
feren From: feren Date: January 23rd, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
No need for HR, just go to the Eye Med web portal.
linnaeus From: linnaeus Date: January 23rd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Done. Thanks, that was handy.
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