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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:42 PM
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OK. Help me pick out eyeglasses today
I'm heading over to Sears Optical this evening to buy my eyeglasses. I have to pick something that will handle for extreme nearsightedness, and the frame itself has to accompany it.

Just for fun, please pick out my eyeglasses from Sears here:

Pick Hawkeye-X's glasses here!

Here's a image of me (from two years ago with the current glasses)

oh hell. it's gone now, but it's still googlable from images -- Click me to see me

I'm on the last image on the top row. Of course, the first two images displayed are me as well, pretending i'm a shirt ninja. the 3rd one does not resemble me.

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dofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:55 PM
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1. Without a better photo
it's a little hard, but my general advice is going to be DON'T GET THOSE STUPID DINKY LITTLE TINY GLASSES. Most people look like dorks in them, and you seem to by a kind of big guy. Not too big, either. I'd guess a frame with some color to it (including black and brown). Just don't get something that purports to be invisible.

Isn't there anyone (preferable your sister, she'd give you an honest opinion) to go along and help?

I hate buying new glasses because:
1. I'm so extremely nearsighted I can't get a good idea of what I'll look like.
2. I'm so extremely nearsighted that even with the new lightweight plastics they're so thick I look like a total dork.
3. Because I'm at the point where I need bifocals, and I have such a complex prescription, I can't get the lineless ones, and they're really expensive for me.

Have you considered contact lenses? I normally wear them all the time, and just need a pair of glasses just as a backup.

Good luck, and have fun.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:55 PM
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2. I'm very nearsighted also.
I also have close-set eyes, making selection really difficult, especially with the new wide-rectangle glasses that are so popular now.

Remember to try and keep the frames smaller so your lenses won't get too big on the edge.

I think a satin (like a nickel) finish on a metal frame is less noticeable than a shiny finish. I prefer silvers, charcoal, copper tones to black.

Sorry, that's the best I can do. Hope it helps. I have no idea what shape you would prefer.

I wouldn't be too upset about spending more to get exactly what you want, either. You should get whatever you think looks best.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:59 PM
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3. Ack! I'm in the same boat...
...the close-set eyes boat, that is... Oh, and I agree with the frame finish. Mine are antiqued bronzeish. Eddie Bauer, actually. :D

Basically Hawkeye, the one thing I learned about selecting frames is: round face, squarish frames and vice versa.

The other way is to select an attractive member of the opposite sex as your salesperson. Go to more than one establishment. When you see a positive reaction to a pair of frames; go with those. I did that with my last pair, and people tell me they like my glasses.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:23 PM
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4. The first of the Stetson frames looked best to me
I agree with the other posters -- as far as I could tell from the photo, you wouldn't want either round/oval frames or small rectangular frames. Squarish is best.

Also, I'd stay away from the more traditional plastic styles with the bits that stick out where the temples attach. Too dorky.

The top Stetson model, or something similar, comes closest.

(Of course, comfort counts for a lot, too. If you're as nearsighted as I am, by the time the lenses are in, the frame will be significantly heavier than when you try it on. So make sure it sits well on your nose.)
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elfin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:10 PM
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5. Due to my nearsightedness
I took my best friend with me to Lenscrafters (to use AAA discount). We filled a basket full of choices then sat down while we eliminated frames. When got down to the last 4 or so played the "Is this better than this?" game like they do during the exams, switching them on and off. Got down to the last two and asked for a disinterested third party for their opinion. Finally settled on one.

Basic flaw in this deal - didn't look at prices as we filled the basket. Ended up with THE MOST EXPENSIVE pair in the store without realizing it.

Bought them anyway and they will be my last ones ---- forever. will just replace lenses if necessary.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:20 PM
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6. I like these.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:25 PM
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7. Timberland B702 $99
You need a larger area of lens both for your near sightedness and for the shape of your face.
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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:04 PM
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8. I always hated shopping for glasses
I usually either ended up just grabbing any old pair because I couldn't see what I looked like anyway and they all looked like crap (and then I'd look like a dorkotron for two years until I could buy new ones), or I'd spend three hours trying on every single pair in the store and finally ending up with a pair that cost me $450 out of pocket (no lie, that's what my last pair cost me). In the long run, my LASIK surgery ended up being a hell of a bargain financially, besides being the best thing I ever did for myself.
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