A few months back, I was on my last pair of contacts.
Seeing as it had been over three years since I got my one-year supply, I decided to call an optometrist and get my eyes checked out.
One of the benefits working at a Medical Center is that if you are looking for any kind of doctor, they are most likely there. It makes getting to appointments easy: no need to worry about finding a place to park, just walk down!
I met with the nice Doctor and she did her eye Doctor thing. Twenty minutes later, she told me my earlier prescription was too strong, and was probably too strong when I got it. She recommended I get new glasses after seeing the battle worn glasses I brought in.
I asked her about contacts. She'd be more than happy to fit me for contacts; all it required was a fitting fee and more money.
The practical (read: cheap) side of me starting butting in the internal monologue I was having. If I had to get new glasses anyway, why get contacts as well? If I decided that glasses weren't the thing for me on a daily basis, I could easily just stop down for another appointment and pay the fee.
Practicality usurped control and I just ordered glasses. It was hard to decided on a pair that I liked. I knew I didn't want too thick framed or too large of a lens: I had flashbacks to my seventh grade picture with the glasses that ran halfway down my cheeks. I also didn't want to pay a crapton for frames.
Side note: just like cars and houses, after looking a 30 or 40 pairs of glasses, they all look the same. It helps to take notes and go back after a day or so to compare.
I finally decided on a frame and began the purchasing process. Without any discounts, the glasses should have cost $460!
Thankfully, insurance kicked in $60 (sarcasm), I got an employee discount, and got a "game card" that got me an extra 15% off.
When it was all said and done, it ended up around $250...not bad. Not great, but when you factor in time off from work increase, the employee discount and gas to drive, I don't know if I could have done much better.
So far, I'm liking just doing the glasses. I do have to clean my lenses so I can see periodically, but I like it. The only time I don't like wearing glasses is running, as they have a tendency to fog up and bounce a bit. I suppose I could get a glasses strap to help keep the in place...
I could also get a pocket protector while I'm at it too...