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I've been framed all my life!
Member Name: SusanLesley
Advantages: Good choice of styles and price
Disadvantages: Not really
I have been wearing glasses ever since I was four years old and I am now 57 so I think I'm getting used to them by now! Seriously my mother told me that she and my grandmother were really upset when they found out that I had to start wearing glasses at such a young age but I can't remember it ever bothering me to be honest.
My first glasses back in 1959 were standard National Health ones. They were round wire frames and there was a choice of three colours - pink, blue or light brown. As a child I was happy enough to have a change of colour every time I had my eyes tested and didn't really think too much more about it.
I was always overweight as a child (and still am as it happens) so I had quite a round face and mom always used to make me have my hair cut short. I have a photograph of me at an age of about ten years old wearing a light jacket zipped up to the neck with my round face, short hair and National Health glasses and I look a dead ringer for Bessie Bunter!
As I grew older the choice of frames available on the National Health improved and in my early teenage years I had dark rimmed frames - which were fairly fashionable at the time - honestly!
I decided at about age 13 I didn't want to wear glasses any longer so I stopped wearing them - teenage logic there! I suppose I was getting conscious of the way I looked and decided that glasses weren't a good look. Mom was very good about it and took me back to the opticians to have my eyes retested and I started wearing glasses just for close work.
As I then grew older and eventually left work and got a job I took responsibility for my glasses. I then had more choice of frames as I could choose to pay for the ones that I wanted.
I always went to an opticians called Hudson Howard in Walsall who were then taken over by Dolland and Aitchison and the staff there were brilliant. They would help me to choose frames that suited me and latterly they even had a special computer programme which took the shape of my face and showed me how various frames would look. This was brilliant for me as I am not an artistic person and I sometimes find it quite difficult to know what suits me.
I went for many of my adult years wearing a range of frames which were fairly large usually with brown coloured rims - think Deidre from Coronation Street and you're pretty much there. By this time I was back wearing them full time as my eyes deteriorated with age. On occasions, when I have had a nice pair of frames and have needed new lenses, I have had the new lenses put into the old frames. In these days I had single vision lenses and so the frames were the more expensive part of the whole package.
When we moved here to Llandudno I was too far away from a branch of Dolland and Aitchison so I signed up with our local branch of Boots Opticians who have been excellent. Being a diabetic I have to have an eye test every twelve months now although I don't have to change my glasses that often.
Over my years of wearing glasses the range of frames available has grown incredibly. There are now a huge range of styles from National health frames, through cheaper ones to more expensive ones and designer frames.
I have now gone full circle and have been back wearing metal framed glasses - although not the round ones I have to say! I now find that the ones that suit me best are the ones that are more subtle on my face rather than the ones with more obvious frames. I choose the cheaper version of the frames that suit me as I don't feel the need to buy the 'designer' version of anything as I feel that I would just be paying for the label to be honest.
The one extra advantage of the new metal frames is that the arms actually bend outwards slightly and thus they don't get as much wear on the hinges as the glasses are put on and removed.
Sadly these days the frames are by far the cheaper part of the package as I now wear photochromic vari focals and any of you who wear glasses of this type will know that you need to be sitting down before they tell you the cost of the lenses!
So there you have my life history with glasses. I am happy enough to wear them these days (and have been for years) and would feel lost without them now as they are part of me and who I am. I certainly couldn't wear contact lenses - I can't bear the thought of putting things in my eyes - to be honest I think, after fifty three years, I would look odd without my glasses.
Summary: I have worn them for most of my life
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