Prepping with Glasses

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Personally, I’m not a big fan of corrective lenses of any kind, but since my vision is fairly horrid without them, I’m stuck with a few options:

  1. Glasses – My default now. They work well, and my prescription hasn’t changed much in the last few years so I have an extra pair or two sitting around.
  2. Soft Contacts – I’ve worn contacts off and on in the past, but haven’t purchased any in well over a year even though I have a valid prescription. They’re very high maintenance, and I can’t imagine having to deal with them in a collapse scenario of any kind – even a partial collapse.
  3. Lasik Surgery – I’m not sure what to think about this yet. I continually battle in my mind with this, but generally end up on the side of “I would prefer not to accidentally go blind.”

Of the three choices, I’ve ended up pretty much settling on glasses, but that brings it’s own set of limitations. Glasses break, they get scratched, your prescription changes over time, etc. Luckily, the only thing that I can’t do much about is the prescription, which leaves me with “What’s the best way to have redundant sets of glasses?” as my main issue here.

Stocking Up On Spare Glasses

Again, the Internet to the rescue. With companies such as Zenni and offering incredibly affordable ways to stock extra sets of glasses, you’re only left with one difficulty: determining your pupilary distance if you’re ordering glasses. For some reason, most optometrists refuse to provide this to you, passing it off to the retailer of the glasses. The retailer of the glasses doesn’t want to give it to you, as then they lose a high margin sale. What do to? Measure them yourself.

After researching and checking out available frame styles I ended up placing a test order from Zenni Optical, and after having my son measure my pupillary distance with this handy printable ruler [PDF], I placed an order for a full set of glasses – frames, upgraded (read: thinner) lenses, oleophobic coating, and every other option under the sun – for less than $55. My last pair of glasses was over $250. Yep, I can buy four pairs of glasses for the price of one. I was pleased to discover that they even have shooting glasses! And yes, I’m so far very pleased with my new glasses.

The most interesting part of the whole process was that they never actually asked for my prescription, even though I went and got it updated so I could order replacement glasses. All I had to do was punch in the numbers from the prescription. I’m not sure if that’s normal or not, but if you have a prescription you’re happy with that’s not 100% up to date, it’s worth at least trying to place an order.

Bottom Line

Even though my vision is a tad bit better than it has been in the past, I can’t imagine going through any length of time without corrective lenses of some type, and I’m happy that I can keep an extra pair or two in stock for less than the cost of a single pair at my local eye doctor. If you need glasses, stock up now. I don’t think there will be many folks making glasses in any kind of long term collapse scenario. Here’s how they’re made if you’re curious.


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