It has taken *forever*, but at last I have new glasses.
I have my eyes tested every year, at the beginning of January. Ever since I turned 45 (quite some time ago!) I’ve had to have new lenses every year. I used to be very long-sighted. Now, I’m very VERY long-sighted and I simply can’t read anything without my specs. I have a wide face and grey hair and eyebrows, and I need large multifocal lenses and heavy frames or my face looks like a peeled boiled egg. For years, I had a lovely pair of huge navy blue Ray-Ban frames, but eventually they got too brittle and the optometrist told me it was time for something new. I progressed to something very similar, in red. They were sunglasses frames, and wonderfully comfortable, as they had a rubberised finish and they never slipped down my nose. I had new lenses in those for a couple of years, and then the company stopped making them and I couldn’t get lenses for them any more.
This time, I simply couldn’t find something I loved, which I think is important if you have to wear them all the time. There were lots of rather dull frames, some OK frames and a few nice ones, but they didn’t fit my wide head. I thought I’d found the perfect solution with a pair of fluorescent green huge sunglass frames, but after two separate unsuccessful attempts to get the lenses right, I abandoned that particular supplier. After that, I reluctantly bit the bullet and went for a large pair of men’s tortoiseshell frames. Comfy… but dull. By the time they were ready, we were already on holiday, so I arranged to collect them from the Cairns branch of the optical chain. I wore them for exactly 16 hours before I was handing them back over a counter again.
They work just fine. But in Cairns, there’s a fabulous workshop called Frame Care. It’s a big open space with 10 stations where techs give glasses of all kinds some love. You can get new lenses, scratches polished out, frames repaired and welded, hinges replaced and, get this, frames re-coloured. Whoopee! So my rather dull brown tortoiseshell frames got booked in to have metallic dark raspberry pink fronts. (I looked at fluoro orange, but my courage failed me). The inside of the frames and the arms remain tortoiseshell, but the part facing the world is funky. The price was very reasonable, they took only 3 working days to do it, and their customer service is excellent. Sadly, as so often happens, the photo doesn’t do justice to the frame colour, which is gorgeous, and not a rather dull maroon colour as it appears here. Or maybe they’d just look better on a different face…
So, only 6 weeks after getting my eyes tested, I finally have stylish eyes again 🙂 And it’s made my holiday!