A less explored tangent of books and reading is reading health - I'm talking specifically about eye health. There are so many people I know who wear glasses permanently - or even specifically to read - and it's a huge part of being able to enjoy a book. I mean, you don't want to be straining to see the words and end up with a headache 10 pages in?!
I am a wearer of both glasses and contact lenses, and I find glasses much more comfortable to read in. I have more than one pair because I tend to leave them scattered around (at the office, on the bedside table, by the TV...) but, as you can imagine, that doesn't come cheap. With that in mind, when I recently got a new prescription I decided to try out online glasses store, Glasses Direct.
Glasses Direct offer complete glasses (frames and lenses) from £25. My decision was also spurred on by a voucher code from Money Saving Expert (great email for saving/cash management, by the way!) which would get me two pairs, delivered, for £23! Bargain!
Glasses Direct offer a brill "Home Trial" service where you can order five frames to see if they'll suit you before purchasing. As my voucher code had a time limit, I wasn't able to try this out, but it's definitely something I think is a great idea! Instead, I uploaded a mugshot to their virtual "trying on" system, Ditto, and started browsing.
There are a huge range of styles available to pick from. I like my glasses quite dark and chunky so I went looking towards the "geek chic" end of the glasses-spectrum! I ended up choosing Billie and BellaDonna frames, which seemed to look good on my virtual face! I added them to my basket, filled in my prescription details and skipped over the extras (there are options to add coatings, tints and thinning to the lenses at extra cost.) Within THREE DAYS my new glasses were in my hands! I'm amazed the service was that quick.
I tried them on straight away and both pairs look a little different on me than on my virtual self, but I expected that. Still they looked quite good and I was able to take the glasses to my local Specsavers who were happy to fit them to my face for £5.
I do however have two small negatives about the experience. First of all, I wish I had paid extra for the anti-reflective coating. When I read on my Kindle Paperwhite I do notice the glare which can be distracting.
Secondly, when filling in my prescription I didn't know my pupil measurements, and so I put in the "standard/don't know" option as advised in the form with the caveat that someone might call me to advise. I didn't receive a call, and one of my glasses feels a little weird to look through. I don't know if the two things are related, but it's just on one pair and sending them back seemed like more effort than it was worth! I do put this fault down to me though, as I should have found out my pupil measurements!
Overall I am extremely happy with the service and glasses Glasses Direct provide. I would definitely use them again, and make use of the Home Trial option :)
NOTE: I am reviewing Glasses Direct because I was a customer who was personally impressed with the service. I did not receive anything for this review and it is not in collaboration with Glasses Direct in any way. All views expressed are my own