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UK Members: Do You Wear Glasses?  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

Do you wear glasses? I, for instance, wear both contacts and glasses (not at the same time, of course, for that would be silly).

If you wear just glasses or, like me, both glasses and contacts, do you have difficulty when going into opticians and selecting potential new glasses? I do: I select them, try them on, go up to the mirror and, low and beyond, have to look so close that I get an inaccurate, distorted view and thus an ill-formed opinion. If I am with friends or relatives and ask them for their opinions, they will tell me – but I cannot accurately see whether or not they look any good, because my eyesight is pretty poor. Consequently, I have, in the past, been a little disappointed when my selected glasses were ready for collection: I tried them on, I looked in the mirror (when I could actually see through them), the opticians fiddled around with them – but I was not always sure I chose the best pair. In short, how can you always accurately select a pair of glasses when your eyesight is pretty poor or worse? It can be very difficult indeed – and a waste of money or a disappointment or both.

Anyway, back to the sex topic.  Laugh out loud



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3393 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

If you wanted to ask just members from the UK i'd suggest a different topic:

UK Members:Do you own a toothbrush?  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

Or

UK Members: Do you feel proud knowing we have a superior sense of humour to our American counterparts?


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

Now now children. Back to the topic in hand. *Taps Flight152 and EGGD on their heads.* Nothing like being patronising, eh?  Laugh out loud


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1196 times:
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Being short-sighted i wear glasses, i first got a pair of freebie, plastic NHS glasses in 1995. One look at them and thought, "no way i'm wearing these to school". I damaged my eyesight further by not wearing glasses when i should have been.



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User currently offlineAvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1194 times:

i should wear glasses as im short sighted but i look like a flamin librarian with my uniform on so i go blind at work.. i only tend to wear them for the cinema.. bad i know...

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

AvianceGirl, try contact lenses. Until a few years ago I also refused to wear glasses, than I wanted to do a LASIK operation but my eye specialist was not sure if it is possible because I am very short sighted, she recommended me to wear contact lenses until she consulted her colleagues to ask if a LASIK operation is possible for me, I accepted her advice and when she called me two weeks later I refused the operation with the laser because I was (and I am still) very satisfied with my contact lenses  Big thumbs up.

Patrick


User currently offlineAvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

Im extremly squeamish and couldnt bare the thought of.. touching.. my eyes.. im gonna puke..... lol

User currently offlineUta_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

Rhaa, why only UK members ?

UTA



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

"Rhaa, why only UK members ?"

Because in America, for example, opticians are called chemists, which are probably not as specialised as in the UK. But still, feel free to answer.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Nope, I dont wear glasses. That was short and sweet.


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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

This is gonna sound daft but i wear glasses sometimes when i want to look intelligent - even though i dont need them. Ive got a set of frames that i wear (only with my suit - and even then only for business meetings etc) but normally, - no i dont wear them.

I'm a sunglasses nutter though - i am addicted to them. Ive got a pair of Oakely Juliet Titaniums lined up for this summer!

CM



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Yes I do, only when I leave the house though. Considering contacts/laser sometime soon  Smile

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

Because in America, for example, opticians are called chemists

Umm, no they're not...where'd you hear that? We buy glasses from "opticians" too! In fact, we don't use the word "chemist" at all, except in the context of someone (usually in a white coat) working in a chemistry laboratory (which we pronounce "LAB-ra-tor-y", by the way).  Smile What you call chemists, we call pharmacists, and their stores--which we call pharmacies or drugstores--generally don't sell prescription glasses.

Anyhoo, I do have glasses but only wear them to meetings, at the movies, etc. So, my eyes aren't bad enough that I have any trouble picking out new frames. But here's a suggestion: why don't you bring a Polaroid or digital camera, have someone take a picture of you trying on the potential new frames, and then look at the picture with your glasses or contacts on? Sure, it's a bit inconvenient, but if glasses are as expensive in the UK as they are over here, then it's probably worth it!



Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

I wear glasses, i aint goin to wear contacts.


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

FoxBravo - my uncle is American. He told me that.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1112 times:

Hmm...interesting. Maybe a regional thing? I've never heard anyone use "chemist" in that context here in the States, but then again it's a big country with lots of people who use different words for the same thing. Like "subs," "hoagies," "heroes," and "grinders," which all describe a kind of sandwich.  Smile

But here in NY at least, I buy glasses from optical shops, which generally have an optician on staff and don't sell anything besides glasses.



Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

Um, i wear Oakley's!!!

Both my parents have glasses so i figure it's inevitable i'll have to have em tho! I'll go with contacts tho i think! More my style, glasses dont look good on me!!!

AvianceGirl, you should try glasses, personnaly i think girls with glasses are the best looking!!! Especially the ones with very thin black rims that are very rectanguler shaped and quite low profile!!!

Chris



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Optical shops? It's weird - Americans tend to say very literal things, like 'eye glasses' instead of just 'glasses' (correct me if I'm wrong).

He's from Kansas City, though previously a Brit. He's actually a co-founder and director of a large American diesel engine distribution firm, and previously the marketing director of Lister and Petter (however it's spelt) - a multinational diesel distribution firm.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

Why is it just restricted to UK members? Seems a little biased if you ask me.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1098 times:

Of course it's biased. Everything in life is biased, to varying degrees. I wanted to know whether people in the UK had a particular problem when it came to choosing glasses or an idea I had, so I wasn't interested in hearing about when Americans, Australians or anyone else get them.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13739 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

No I do not


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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

We say both "glasses" and "eyeglasses" interchangeably, but definitely more often just "glasses." I would probably say "eyeglasses" only to distinguish from, say, sunglasses.

As for your uncle, although I personally haven't heard "chemist" being used that way in the States, I don't doubt him or his underlying point--it's quite possible that, in the Midwest (such as Kansas City), there are large drugstores that also sell glasses. Here in NY, the "one-stop shopping" phenomenon (K-Mart, Wal-Mart, etc.) hasn't caught on to the extent that it has in other parts of the country. So, we are much more likely to go to smaller, more specialized stores.



Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1079 times:

I wore glasses for about 7 years, then I went to contact lenses and refused to wear glassess. Then, last year, I got laser eye treatment and it was one of the best things I have ever done. for the first week after the operation, it was a bit painful, but then after that, after watching TV in bed, I kept getting up to take my contacts out then nearly poking my eye out, forgetting I didn't have them in.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

I wear glasses on earlies and contact lenses on lates, I only really need them for driving but when I'm at work I'm in and out of cars all day long so keep them on all the time, also helps me read the a/c reg's from further away too so I'm sure I'm at the correct a/c without having to drive right upto it !!!.

Can't be ar$ed faffing around with my contacts at 5am and there is also a chance I might take a nap at work on earlies and I can't do that with lenses in, well not as easily anyway !!!.

I never even knew I needed glasses until I happened to go with my friend when he was collecting his contact lenses for the first time. He had the lenses in whilst driving home and I was wearing his glasses, and I was like WOW I can read that from hear and I can see this and that etc etc... and He was like - WHAT you can't even see that and you drive like a crazy b'stard and you can't even SEE !!!!.

A couple of days later I went for an eye test and found I was slightly short sighted. I'm not that bad though.... -0.75 in my right eye and -1.25 in my left so it's not like I cannot see, I'm just below the legal limit for driving and can't read roadsigns as far in advance, but I can still drive without them when I have to although it does feel wierd now.

I was going to have LASIK but thought I'd try the contacts first - bloody awful experiance until you get used to it, but once you are used to stiking your finger in your eye then it's a doddle !!. Oh and Aviancegirluk, you don't actually touch your eye - well not once you can do it properly anyway.

 Smile




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25 Post contains images Capital146 : I started wearing glasses when I was about 14, but these days wear contact lenses almost all of the time. When I've bought a new pair of glasses (ever
26 Post contains images Flight152 : Because in America, for example, opticians are called chemists Thats incorrect. Even if it was.. the question has nothing to do with the UK, or UK opt
27 Alcregular : My eyesight was -3.75 for both eyes and thought I was really bad. I has the LASEK treatment which was £495 per eye and found it fine. I was driving
28 Pe@rson : "the question has nothing to do with the UK, or UK opticians." If you bothered to spend 30 seconds reading my opening and later posts, you'd realise t
29 Post contains images Beefmoney : If you bothered to spend 30 seconds reading my opening and later posts, you'd realise that there was a reason why this thread was for only UK-based me
30 Pe@rson : "I wanted to know whether people in the UK had a particular problem when it came to choosing glasses for an idea I had, so I wasn't interested in hear
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