Monday, March 23, 2015

Favorite: Warby Parker

So again, after I had my second child, my eyesight started getting real bad real fast.

I actually started wearing eyeglasses after college but only whenever I was at the movies or driving at night. Naturally, because I wore my eyeglasses so seldomly, most people did not know that I wore them.

And then one day, not too long after the Aaron Man came into the world, I realized I really couldn't see very well, like, even in daytime! So I started to wear prescription eyeglasses everyday, which was no biggie, but I also started to notice that whenever I put on my sunglasses... I felt like I was legally blind.

(In the meantime, this is me, bespectacled.)

As in, I had racked up a good number of designer shades over the years (because they were so in) but could no longer wear any of them because I could not see anything.
(Me when I would try to look groovy but could not see anything much.)

And then to my rescue, Warby Parker launched prescription shades! :^)

The price range they offered was so sweet ($150 for prescription sunglasses, anyone?), I just had to try their shades! (If you're not familiar, Warby Parker is known for their Home Try-On Program, which is a real smart way to choose frames -- you select five from their website, Warby Parker send them over to you for free, you get to try the different frames over a span of five days till you decide; if you don't like any of them, you're not obliged to buy a pair and best of all, return shipping is free as well! Yup, some have called them the Neflix of eyewear. How befitting! :o)

So, long story short -- OK, this is not short, but -- this is how my life has improved since:
I'm wearing my prescription shades everywhere!

All in all, I've owned two pairs of Warby Parker frames thus far (this from their original series and this) and they are simply awesome.

For those of you who would like to know... I was first sold on their idea back when they first launched in 2010, solely because of this part of their mission statement:

"Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need."

(And of course, because they also said that they "will not design anything that we will be embarrassed wearing in 20 years"... More on their history here.)

(Top image of Griffin and others from the Warby Parker website; nope, this is not a sponsored post or anything, none of the product links I feature are affiliate links or simply put, offer no monetary gain for me :o)

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