Decisions, decisions…

If it’s the beginning of January, it must be time for new glasses.

Every year since I turned 45, I’ve needed a new optical prescription. My already long sight is getting longer and longer, to the point where I can’t see the type on this blog at all without specs. My health insurance rolls over at the beginning of the year, and I tend not to delay getting a new pair because by that time I really need the upgrade. My triple progressive lenses are not cheap, but they’re vital to getting through life without bumping into things!

My other problem is frames. I have a wide head, and because of the progressive lenses, I need a large lens. My face also seems to demand an assertive frame style. Sunglass frames are the answer. I’ve found frames that are comfy and have a large enough lens. But they’re Boring. Black. Blah. There’s a great place up north in Cairns who’ll paint your frames for you. They do a beautiful job, are reasonably priced, and have a really good colour range. I’ve had navy, red and raspberry pink so far, but don’t really want to repeat myself.

So, here’s where I need your help. There are four colours I really love, but I’m finding it impossible to choose which one. I’m opening a poll to get your vote on which one to get. You get an option to suggest something completely different if you want to.

Too much choice… Any of these colours would be fine, they’re all in my wardrobe and would look good with what I wear. All would be fun with my now very grey hair. All would be bright enough to help me find my glasses if I put them down and can’t find them again ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for your help!


49 thoughts on “Decisions, decisions…

  1. kymlucas says:

    You know my vote: Teal!

    • katechiconi says:

      No, really?! I must say, I’m inclining that way due to the higher proportion of teal, turquoise, blue and green clothing in my wardrobe, but I do find the pink and apple green very appealing too..

  2. Nanette says:

    I thought of teal, only because it’s your colour of the moment . But then there’s the worry of putting them down on your teal fabric and .not being able to find them……so maybe fuschia or tangerine?

  3. For myself, I would get teal. I’ve had teal-rimmed glasses before and would be glad to again!! And maybe I’ll get my chance soon, as I really need to go for an exam and new prescription, too. And no, I can’t see letters on the screen with my glasses off, either. It’s just a big blurry mess.

  4. Pick the color that makes your eyes pop. You want your eyes to be the first thing people see, not the frames. I never set my glasses down until bedtime so they are just boring gold wire frames but want to go with something a little more fun next time. I saw someone wearing that green color and they brought the attention right to the eyes. I need new glasses too. They have to wait though. I have a wide face too. Looking forward to seeing what you choose.

    • katechiconi says:

      At the moment, I’m wavering between the green and the teal. My eyes are hazel, so the green would work, but teal is ‘my’ colour. As I said in the title, decisions, decisions…

  5. You can set your glasses down? I can’t see a thing without mine on my face ๐Ÿค“ All the colours are great but if I have to choose… teal.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Thinking of your colouring, I went with teal too. Good luck, I just hate choosing new frames.

    • katechiconi says:

      My choices are greatly limited by having this great wide head. Most of the frames I like are much too tight, so I tend to buy frames meant for men. I went back to the shop today to try those frames again. Guess what…? Out of stock. So I’ve found another pair (also black) I don’t mind, and they’ll paint up nicely too.

  7. tialys says:

    It’s got to be teal hasn’t it?

  8. claire93 says:

    one of my favourite colours is green, but I’m thinking the turquoise/teal will probably be more versatile.
    Rest assured, you’re not the only one who can’t locate her glasses without her glasses ^^ I’m extremely short-sighted (and progressively getting long sighted which sadly doesn’t counter balance the short-sightedness) so I always put my glasses in the same place at bedtime and they’re the first thing I reach for in the morning. I went for a more “invisible” frame a few months ago but the sides are purple enough for me to locate them on the bed-side table.

    • katechiconi says:

      I realised I was getting old today when the online optical store where I was looking at frames wanted to do a scan of my face so I could ‘try on’ various styles. You had to take off your glasses right at the start and I couldn’t read a single thing they wanted me to do after that! Hopeless….

  9. Emmely says:

    This reminds me that I should probably get my eyes checked, it’s been several years since I last went. But my eyes don’t deteriorate so quickly anymore.
    My problem with frames is that my head is quite small and that most frames are overwhelming.

  10. Something to think about going forward. For years, we have been ordering our glasses online for a fraction of what it costs to get from the eye doctor. We have had excellent results. We get them from Zenni Optical. Don’t know if that would work in your neck of the woods, but there might be other online companies available.

    • katechiconi says:

      We can order from Zenni here too, and I have considered it, but hesitate for one reason: I’m really picky about the placement of the three zones in my progressive lenses, and that’s something I can discuss with a live optometrist, but not something I can specify online. If I had single strength lenses, as in my sunglasses, I wouldn’t hesitate, and will probably order sunglasses from them once I have my new prescription. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

  11. Joanne S says:

    I like teal…but I also like the tangerine (which is a low choice, I see). If you are going for unique – then choose the least voted?

    • katechiconi says:

      I like the tangerine in principle, but I have some concern about catching flashes of it out of the corner of my eye, I must confess! What I’d really like is frames that use all those colours, but it would take a long time and cost a small fortune, I feel sure!

  12. mlmcspadden says:

    Teal! One of my fav colors. I need to get new glasses as well, and like you have a wide face that normal women’s glasses don’t fit. So I end up getting mens frames because they are wide enough for me. Always end up with metal frames that have the adjustable nose pieces

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve tried skinny metal frames but they just look wrong, I need heavy frames. Think Buddy Holly! Trouble is, they don’t make those in pretty colours ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Looks like teal is a clear leader, and I guess it’s appropriate, given the Ovarian Cancer quilt thing…

  13. Dayphoto says:

    TEAL! It’s just so you!

  14. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I think the red would look good on you. I had an operation a few years back to give me new lenses, I had very bad eyes and afterwards I could see without glasses.

    • katechiconi says:

      I wish I could have laser surgery, but that doesn’t work for long-sighted eyes. I’ve had red glasses for a few years, I think it’s time to try another colour.

      • Kerry Davidson says:

        You need to get cataracts, then you’ll be able to get replacement lenses in your eyes. It’s not laser surgery, they simply pull out the old lens and give you a new one. It’s wonderful. I only need glasses for the computer now, and they’re just over the counter magnifying ones. Must say my choice is also teal

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, my dad’s had cataract surgery, but I think I’ll pass…. until I have to, anyway! It’s looking like teal’s the majority preference. I’m still veering towards green, but I’ll make a decision soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for joining in the discussion!

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        It was not laser surgery I had, they cut away my lenses and replaced them with new lenses, it’s with a local aenesthetic and you don’t feel a thing. It is called lensimplantation and the new lens is artificial.

      • katechiconi says:

        I understood what you meant, I just wish I could have laser surgery. My lenses are fine, but my eyeballs are the wrong shape :-/

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        Bummer !

  15. magpiesue says:

    I had to laugh at your description of trying to get a “fitting” for frames online. I’d be in the same boat but for different reasons. My frame choices are also restricted but for different reasons. I finally chose frames that are raspberry pink on top and teal on the bottom. ๐Ÿ™‚ Which reminds me, I still need to get that new photo of myself…

  16. Having worn specs since age 13, I’ve always wanted purple frames (purple being my fave colour). My most flattering glasses have been in a deep green – almost a forest green – but sooo hard to find, (I too have a large head – to go with my brain, har-de-dar, so often am restricted to specs aimed at blokes) and we have heaps of spectacle shops here in Exeter.

    This last prescription, I bit the bullet and bought a pair of ‘beading’ glasses (I’d been wearing a pair of poundland readers over the top of my normal specs for close silver work). Because I don’t take them out of the house, I went for purple, but of course the purple does terrible things to my classic, english ‘peaches and cream’ complexion, so I shan’t be getting any regular-leave-the-house specs in that shade.

    So, my suggestion, is to find some fabic in the colours you are thinking of, wrap it round your neck and up one side of your face, and take a photo – with all, and see which you love the most / scares you the least (depends on your level of body-dysmorphia!)

    • katechiconi says:

      Funny how tastes differ โ€“ and how lucky that they do. After yellow, purple is the last colour specs I’d wear! I’m fortunate to have a light tan all year around, and now that my hair is virtually white at the front, I can wear the bright colours I love that would look garish in a cooler, dimmer climate. I have all the proposed colours in my wardrobe already, and indeed, I picked them knowing they’d have to go with my clothes ๐Ÿ™‚
      There’s a brand of eyewear I adore called Coco Song, beautiful colours and patterns and frame designs, but they’re all made for elegantly narrow heads ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Take a look if you’re interested โ€“ jewellery for eyes!(

  17. anne54 says:

    My immediate reaction was teal, because we all know how attached you are to it. Then I thought, “no, time for a break from teal” and I went with fuchsia. My glasses have red eye frames and purple arms. Could you do the same? Looking forward to seeing what you come up with (excuse the pun โ˜บ๏ธ).

    • katechiconi says:

      Strangely, I’ve never had teal glasses before! I’ve done tortoiseshell, silver, red and black, red, and two shades of blue, so this time I wanted something different. I really don’t like purple, and because I’m quite tough on my specs, I don’t want to get the arms painted, so it’s for the front of the frames only, the bits that face outwards. As I said in an earlier comment, I’ve had to go with yet another frame, also in black but with a sort of pewter silver flat arm which I don’t mind. They’re very comfy, but because black, dull. Looking at the survey results, teal is ahead by a country mile, but I’m still hankering very slightly after apple green… Either would be great!

  18. I’m in a small minority with my apple green vote, but don’t for a minute think a poll should sway you from whatever you decide. I wish glasses weren’t so expensive because I think it would be fun to decorate them with collage or paint. I’d better stick to making weird designs when I mend.

  19. Glasses frames are SO expensive – I can’t understand why – and SO boring! I too am on the hunt for interesting frames – I don’t think there is a service in UK painting frames – wish there was.

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