It was time for me to get a stronger prescription for eye glasses. Between looking at a computer all day and looking at figures, my eyes were becoming a bit weaker. And as a life-long wearer of eye glasses, I know when the peepers need a stronger prescription!
When I say life long I mean it! I wore glasses as a child. And back in the day, frames like these were my only option.
My current (now my old) glasses are five or six years old. And the basic reason I hadn’t gotten a new pair was twofold. I love the frames and hadn’t seen anything similar. Those Giorgio Armani frames I have cost a small fortune. And even with the medical bennies I had at the time, they still ended up costing a fortune.
The second reason is that I was scared that the doctor would find something horribly wrong with me. What if there was a tumor behind my eye? What if the skin cancer that I had years ago, showed up in my iris or retina? What if I have glaucoma? What if I really am going blind? How would I put my makeup on and do whatever hair I have left on my head?
Yes. If it’s eye -health related or any health-related question. I never say that I’m Okay. That’s because I never know if I am or not!
Trust me. I’m not the greatest patient on earth and many eye professionals sort of didn’t want me back a second time. I’m not that girl who gets a “reminder” from the eye doctor.
Anyway, with my new vision plan, Davis Vision, I perused through the selection and found Dr. Lucas Baird and his practice, Baird Optical. I loved the fact he was local and that he had a brand new practice! It meant he hadn’t dealt with difficult people like me!
If you live in the Philly suburbs and need a eye exam or new glasses, take a trip to see Dr. Baird! Your eyes will thank you!
Not since my days of Dr. Stevens, my childhood-into adulthood eye doctor, and the one eye doctor who tolerated me for many years, has my eye exam visit been so comfortable, pleasant and non-stressful. This young doctor is going to have a very successful career ahead of him. Between his genteel manner, his knowledge, his great bedside manner, and his love of dogs—he’s great!
Dr. Baird! Isn’t he so cute?
He assured me that I did not have a bad eye disease and I was not going blind and he did so without that look that says “This one is crazy”. He was kind and attentive—or perhaps just respectful of old people! Either way, Dr. Luke made me feel comfortable! I was glad to have a new eye doctor I could trust!
OK—now get this– I went into Dr. Baird’s practice with every intention of not getting frames from the selection he carries. Instead I figured I would go to a fancier, more hip center for frames. Because, after all, I’m hip. And I can also be a bit of a glasses snob. I was even thinking of waiting for our upcoming trip to France to purchase new frames but the fact is—I needed new glasses yesterday!
So, while waiting for my dilated eyes to simmer down, I looked at the selection of frames offered. And I saw some very fashionable ones! I saw some downright great ones! One pair, in particular, had a rather heavenly glow about it. I was mesmerized as I walked over. They were round—just my kind of frame. They were black. The color I love. They were—Ray Bans!!! I couldn’t believe it.
This stock photo may be tortoise but my new frames are black. The frame is RX2180V.
I’ve always had a fondness for the cool, hip brand of eye wear known as Ray Bans, but their frames never quite looked that good on me. I have a square face. Ray Ban is infamous for those slightly oversized squared, Buddy Holly type frames that just do not look good on my square face!
Yeah. It’s hip to be square and even more hip when you have a square face and find those perfect round eye glass frames!
And, unfortunately, this type of frame does nothing except enhance the squareness of my angular face!
If you have ever needed eyeglasses, I’m sure you’ve read the many articles about the “best frames for your face shape”. Since I am well-aware of the shape of my face, I pretty much know what works best for the square face—and it ain’t squared glasses or any angular-cut frames.
These charts are actually pretty helpful when it comes to finding out the shape of your face.
And rounded frames really DO flatter the angular and squared face!
Some years back, it seemed that no matter what your face shape, the only choice in eye wear was the square or rectangular frame. This was not a good look for most people. And I’m still flummoxed as to why rectangular frames are still incredibly popular.
A throwback from the days when I could not find any frames except rectangular ones. And the fact these transitional lenses looked even more horrific on me makes me wonder why I still have them!
Let’s take a look-see at some of my frames over the years. Shall we?
I call this look my “Sally Jesse Raphael” look. Red oversized frames. Just like Sally Jesse Raphael’s! They were huge. And I LOVED them. Here I am with Jake he was almost two years old so this was in 1985. I know this is crazy but I still love those frames!
Sally Jesse in her iconic glasses! I wish they would bring these back! I would get another pair. In a minute!
A little less “Sally” but still oversized and round! I love that lip color.
The glasses are a bit smaller and the frames thinner. I also loved these glasses too! And YES. THAT is my real hair! It was very big and I miss the bigness of it. It looks more fake than the real fake hair I wear now to make my thinning hair look thicker!
I stuck to the round thinner frames through my auburn hair days! Then switched back to thicker ones as my hair got longer!
Oh my goodness! What a GHASTLY look! This is my hot mess look and those glasses don’t help! Those awful frames do nothing for my face. Not that it would matter. This was when I was going through my divorce. I was having fun with the kids. Oona or Roman snapped this lovely pic of me while I was cleaning the house. Boy–was I ever in need of a haircut or what?????? At least I was wearing a nice shade of lipstick!
Looks like I got a well-needed hair cut! But the frames..are they rectangle? Are they oval? They are somewhere in the middle and are way too small for my big face!
Oops! Back in time to the thin, large, round frames. The more I look at these, the more I miss them! I also miss my unwrinkled face!
Now we’re back to the unflattering rectangular frames. Ugh! And while we are at it, I’m not thrilled with that bobbed hairstyle either. It was too high maintenance. Cheers!
Here I am in Paris clowning around on Pont Neuf with Daniele and our friend, the actor Antoine Bourseiller. I miss both of them. But the glasses–I can’t even describe the shape. Somewhat round. Somewhat rectangular. Too small for my face.
I wonder who was driving while Oona and I were posing? I’m horrified by that pale lip color I’m wearing. I look washed out. Maybe I was sick. But the glasses. See what I mean about the squared shape? It really isn’t flattering. At least the frames are larger!
I found this pair while cleaning out a closet a while back. I don’t even remember when I got them. There’s a reason I can’t remember–they are a very bland frame. Not flattering and not non-flattering. Just boring.
The glasses that I’ve had for a few years now. I love them. And they are presently in Dr. Baird’s hands getting new lenses so that I have a back up pair for my new eye glasses..
My new, round Ray Ban Frames! I ADORE these frames. I LOVE them because the frame is thicker than my beloved Armani frames and they are bigger. Not to mention the prescription is stronger and I can see better!
And guess what? Bonaparte isn’t crazy about my new frames. He likes the Armani’s better. But I’m the one wearing them so…..
Does it really matter what frames you wear when it comes to eyeglasses? The only thing that matters is this. Are you comfortable in the glasses. Do you love them? Do you feel you look great in them? Do you feel confident in them? Do you love how they look on you? And–can you see better in them?
And that is all that counts! Hey. Get your eyes checked. Sight is one of the senses. And with sight we get to see how beautiful our surroundings are. We get to see the beauty of life. And that is so important. Donja think?
And finding the right eye doctor counts too! It’s funny–as I was writing this post, Bonaparte checked the mail and look what came! A “Thank You” card from Dr. Baird and a gift card to …Starbucks! That is the nicest gesture! Thank YOU Dr. Luke!
I’ll tell you, I was thrilled and touched to receive this. Usually eye doctors close up the door when they see me coming!
New glasses. Better sight. What other song could I end this post with than Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now”! It’s a beautiful song.