My Glasses: a history

In collaboration with iframes

As you know I’m all about truth and honesty here so I feel it’s time to confess that I’ve worn glasses for over 30 years now.

Wearing my glasses

Yep, you are correct, that makes me OLD…

I received my first pair as a newly minted kindergartener. The routine school eye check had uncovered that I had a lazy eye – my left eye really can’t focus on much at all so my brain has always favoured my stronger right eye.

When they are working together, I see fine – the right works overtime to make up for the shortcomings of the left. However, if you cover up my right eye, the world becomes fuzzier and much harder to decipher. Hence the need for glasses.

Once the diagnosis was made, glasses became an integral part of my world. Well, they should have, but I was far more interested in racing to sit in front of the teacher for story time than heading to her desk and grabbing my glasses after lunch. I wasn’t going to give up a front row view of that story for anyone or anything!

It was bad enough having to wear glasses and be called four-eyes by my peers in that first year or so. However, worse was to come. It was decided to patch my good eye to force my lazy eye to start working.

Yes, I was one of those kids who wore contact on one side of their glasses. If I recall correctly it was a stripey contact print that I sported for a few years in the 1980s, just like this one I found on Etsy from 1985…

80s Contact

In those days it didn’t matter if my glasses were classy, attractive or not (because they weren’t, it was the 1980s after all). That damn contact took away any street cred I may have had…

There were some terrible pairs of glasses during the following years. There were the round metal pairs, the plastic cat eye numbers (the tortoise shell look I rocked in the early 90s was particularly awful) as well as the colourful frames I sported in my “I don’t care what people think of me” phase.

However as the years have marched on I have been determined to find the most fashionable frames possible to make the best of my situation. I didn’t choose to wear glasses but I can choose to look the best I possibly can. And after years of questionable frames, finding a source of fashionable designer eyewear, at a great price, is kind of like my mecca.

And that’s where iframes come in.


iframes is a new online shopping experience in designer eyewear. They love eyewear and they love the latest trends. Even better they are an Australian business selling authentic designer brands at great prices and great service. What more could a glasses-wearing gal ask for?

They have an amazing range of sunglasses on their site covering revered brands such as Prada, Ray Ban and Oakley. Which reminds me, the closest thing I ever came to Oakley was a shirt with the Oakley logo from a factory outlet in Sydney, which came with a free pair of sunglasses. All for the princely sum of $20. Somehow I don’t think they were actually Oakley…

Ok, back to iframes. If you are like me and need prescription glasses you can order frames for your prescription lenses too. iframes currently offer a service where you can email your script through so they can make them up for you in your preferred frames. Alternatively you can buy the frames direct and take them to your local optometrist to have your prescription lenses fitted. A win all round, I say.

I really like how you can upload your photo to the site and have a play with the frames of your choice. Out of interest, which of the below do you prefer on me?

iframes options

For peace of mind there is a free return service should the frames not suit you as hoped, all frames are guaranteed to be 100% authentic with original tags and cases and there is a 12 month local manufacturer warranty on all frames.

Throw in free next day delivery to metro areas and iframes looks like a convenient and risk-free alternative to traditional eyewear shopping.

After having my latest eye test last week (the verdict was I’m getting old and I need to wear my glasses all the time now…) it looks like I’ll be in the market for a new pair of frames soon.

Thank goodness iframes is a viable option for my next eye wear purchase. Now, which pair of frames did you prefer on me again?

BONUS – If you are keen to try out iframes for yourself you can score $10 off at check-out on all purchases using the following code: BGCNP10

Disclaimer – I received monetary compensation for this post however my opinions, my story and my unfortunate history of bad glasses are all 100% my own

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12 Responses

  1. I can so relate. I wore glasses from about 2 through to 17. Oh god there were some shockers. One pair had like cheetah brown style arms and sparkly orange crap around the lenses. I guess mum thought they were fashionable, but they were SO BAD. I kept them and still cringe at them.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I think I purposely threw all my old glasses out to try and get over the trauma of wearing them in the first place!

  2. Deborah says:

    I’ve been wearing glasses for almost 30 years as well… although I was starting Uni when I got my first pair! Actually I have to admit I rarely wore them for the first 5 years as I hated them so much (on me) and then I moved to contact lenses. And until a few years ago I wore glasses at home and contacts out in public. But since my seachange I don’t seem to care as much and now I’m really accustomed to seeing myself in glasses.

    I most definitely need a new pair but will need to go to an optometrist first as I’m pretty sure my vision has deteriorated. (Damn this getting old business!)
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  3. Snap! I too have a lazy eye but it’s my right eye. I was wearing glasses and a patch from the age of 3 and believe me, kids glasses were NOT attractive back in the early 70’s. Like you, I was called four eyes and teased mercilessly. I was able to stop wearing them in about mid primary school; apparently my eye had improved. But, it soon went back to it’s old lazy ways (I’ve heard since that this is what happens). I didn’t wear glasses then til about 5 years ago when I started to find it hard to read things … fortunately I can pick up a pair of reading glasses for under $20 from any chemist or newsagent (I have about 5 pairs as I’m always losing them). However, my sight has deteriorated to the point where I need them a lot more; I need to see an optometrist for bifocals, with ordinary glass in the top and magnification in the bottom for reading, so that I can wear them all the time. It’s driving me mad taking glasses on and off all the time and I often just push them up on my head like sunglasses!

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    • Kirsty says:

      At least you were able to stop wearing them for a time – it’s been all my life for me so far. Although I have only had to wear them reading or doing close work up until now – it’s hard to get used to having them in my bag, ready for any random need to read when out and about! Glad to meet another “patch” kid – how truly hideous was it to have that going on in primary school????

  4. Hugzilla says:

    Aaaah, yes…. Most people who know me have no idea I have shocking eyesight and need glasses. I switched to contact lenses in my 20’s but still have the occasional dalliance with the specs!

    • Kirsty says:

      I just can’t do contacts. The thought of sticking something in my eye makes me want to vomit. I’m a big ‘fraidy cat!

  5. Did the patching work at all?
    We are supposed to do that with Bailey, but his eye is so short sighted, he really struggles to see with the other one patched, so I don’t do it.
    As for frames, we drove 300kms to the next two to get my last pair of glasses. Bridie needed some too and they have better deals up there. This might have saved us some fuel.
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    • Kirsty says:

      The patching did work although my left eye will never be strong. Apparently it was much weaker when I was first screened – my parents were told off by the vision screening team for not noticing my difficulties earlier! The eyes continue to develop until the age of 8 so patching and other therapies can make a difference but it’s hard when your child can’t see properly through the weak eye. But you have to balance that with the chance that the weaker eye will improve – it would be such a tough call. I’m definitely going to give iframes a go next time I need to update my glasses. I’m all good at the moment but my vision is starting to deteriorate with age so it’s only a matter of time now…

  6. Helen K says:

    The joy of glasses, hey? I had eye surgery at six, to correct my eyes going in different directions, but didn’t need glasses until high school and only started permanently when backpacking in my 20s (kept worrying about losing them and then got used to them). I look back on some pairs and cringe (but they make great dress-ups for the kids!). I would love to be able to wear contacts though – but they are so hard to get in, and then to get out. Gosh, we have hard lives, don’t we??

    • Kirsty says:

      Hahaha – yes we do Helen! I personally can’t even cope with the idea of contacts. Besides I’ve been wearing glasses for so long now that it’s like second nature to me!

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