I’m looking for a new pair of glasses. My doctor told me that my eyes aren’t getting enough oxygen through my contacts. That’s not a good thing. Actually, what he said was, “How often do you wear your contacts? Because your eyes are very unhealthy.” That scared me into wearing my glasses for a least half of the time. And now that I’m used to it, I’m wearing them more often.
There are a couple of things that suck about wearing my glasses all the time. First, I’m a spoiled brat and I’d like a couple different pair to switch things up a little bit. I really do like my glasses, but they're about 6 years old, and like I said, I’m a spoiled brat. The other thing? I don’t have prescription sunglasses or clips. I’ve been super-dorking it and wearing my sunglasses over my glasses. It’s pretty hot.
I went to Pearle vision thinking that I might get a mix-it-up pair of glasses and maybe a pair of prescription sunglasses. Except! After spending time picking out a pair of frames that I really liked, I sat down with a woman who may very well have started working there the previous day for how fluently she spoke eyeglasses. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was six years old. I know that I need high index lenses and I know what anti-reflective coating means.
Anyway, they wanted almost $400 for JUST the lenses. Four hun-dred dol-lars. Do you know how much my lenses actually cost anywhere else? $160. THAT'S the only way Pearle can afford to offer a buy-one-get-one “deal.”
I was floored. Asked her if $400 seemed exorbitant to her. She shrugged her shoulders. Then I asked if she knew that the lenses actually cost less than half of their price. She shrugged her shoulders. I told her that the boutique eye glass place in Fremont can build me a pair of titanium frames and lenses for the price of just their lenses, and that I was going to go there. She shrugged again and said, “That’s understandable. We’re in a recession.”
Now that made me kind of mad. Recession? Like at any other point in time, I would be fine flushing money down the toilet. Anyway, I was so appalled that I actually considered staying there and continuing to ask them how they could possibly charge so much in their right minds. But instead, I left.
And now I have no new glasses and no sunglasses. Sigh.