Well, it took three home try-ons, an order, and an exchange, but I finally found the perfect new frames.
I’ve been set on getting my frames from Warby Parker because, as far as I know, they’re the only prescription optical company with a social enterprising bent. But I’m (I think reasonably) picky about the thing that’s going to sit on my face every day for several years and I didn’t want giant frames or anything so out there you’d have trouble finding my face underneath all the plastic.
In the end, I went with the Newton style in Aurelia Tortoise, a textured, purple-y blue. I opted to have Warby Parker contact my optometrist for prescription details because I figured that’d be one less thing for me to mess up. I’m quite satisfied with the speed of delivery, the fit of the frames, and the color. Plus, the “no questions asked” return and exchange policy is no joke – she literally asked no questions and got my new frames out to me in under a week. Considering most of my closet is blue and black, I’ll have no trouble coordinating these to my outfits.
Update: After several hours of wearing these, I have a terrible headache and my eyes go cross-eyed when I try to read text up close. Looks like something went wrong with the prescription. I’m sure there are options for replacing the lenses, but I can’t help but feel like it’s not worth all the effort in the end.
This isn’t the first time I got the wrong prescription from an online glasses company. You may remember that I sampled frames from now defunct Benji Frank a few years ago and ended up ordering a pair. After trying my darndest to get correct lenses, I gave up and returned them. This has been a – to use an Evangelical buzzword – convicting process for me. After all, the most sustainable thing I can do when it comes to glasses is only replace the part that needs updating: the lenses. I think maybe this is a lesson I needed to learn.