1. So I've worn bifocals since I was 7. Lucky me inherited my horrible vision from my parents.
    It's actually more of a focusing problem than anything, but yeah, basically I've had shit vision for 22 years now.
  2. It's been two and half years since I went to the eye doctor, so it was time to go back.
    Plus my vision was getting pretty bad, and since being able to see well is a vital part of my job, I needed to go for sure. Also, I barely passed the eye exam when I renewed my license at the DMV a few weeks ago (with my glasses ON), so that's another reason.
  3. I've never gone to LensCrafters before, but I kept hearing about the special, unique, more accurate eye exam.
    It's always been hard to nail down my prescription because they're not always consistently bad depending on how well they're focusing, so the more in depth, the better.
  4. As you might imagine, since I've had bifocals since I was 7, I've had a lot of eye exams.
    This time, it started out pretty much the same. They measured the distance of my eyes or something and then did that infamous air puff test thing (luckily we got that out of the way at the beginning).
  5. Then I had to read some lines of letters on the wall, and I started to get a sense of how bad my vision had really gotten.
    It was almost embarrassing how bad it was. I even apologized, though in hindsight I don't know why I felt at the time that this warranted an apology. Even with my glasses on, I could only ready down to the second biggest line.
  6. This is when the test got different.
    I went into a different room where I had to look into a machine and stare at a cluster of red dots. Then every time I saw a white dot somewhere around the cluster, I had to press a button on this remote thing I was holding. This was to test my peripheral vision. I was fine at this, but I got a little trigger happy and pressed the button a few times when I didn't see a dot.
  7. Next I had to stare into another machine, which took pictures of the back of my eye.
    The flash was so bright, like holy crap, I had trouble seeing for a few minutes after that. But it was worth it because this would be how they could tell if I had things like macular degeneration, which I was paranoid about because I'm crazy (I am far outside the typical age range for that). I do not have it, as it turns out.
  8. Then we did the typical test where the doctor tried different lenses and such to figure out my new prescription.
    We got it figured out, and I could read the line on the wall perfectly. Then the doctor said, "This is what your prescription was before" and flipped the lenses to my last prescription, and I couldn't even read a single letter. I was shocked and said, "How am I seeing anything?" The doctor said, "I don't know because honestly your prescription changed a lot."
  9. Next it was time to pick out glasses.
    My brand of choice is Ray Ban, and I planned to get sunglasses too. The lady helping me (who had the same name as me actually, which was a bit odd) gave me a little box and said, "Just pick out some pairs you like and put them in this box, and we'll go from there."
  10. The box only really had a spot for about four pairs. I put about 12-15 pairs in there.
    I told Corrie, "I'm probably the worst customer you'll have all day because I'm notoriously indecisive."
  11. As it turned out, it wasn't as hard to pick out some pairs as I thought it would be.
    I knew which sunglasses I wanted right away, and I narrowed down the regular glasses to two pairs pretty fast. Then Corrie told me which one she thought looked better, and it was the one I was leaning toward anyway, so that's the pair I chose.
  12. Then Corrie attached this weird mechanism to the two pairs and had me put the glasses back on.
    The device somehow made sure that the glasses were perfectly aligned to my eyes, which was especially important because I was getting progressive bifocals. I had never had that done before.
  13. When all was said and done (about TWO HOURS in total), I chose two pairs of glasses.
    And let me tell you, this cost me a pretty penny (which is kind of a weird expression I'm now realizing. Like what does it even mean? It's like right as rain or hand over fist. It's a mystery. There's nothing pretty about dropping $663 on glasses - which was AFTER insurance covered their portion).
  14. The sunglasses were ready that day, which surprised me, but they said they a lot of times already have the base lenses in stock and just have to make adjustments and stuff.
    I guess they call them LensCrafters for a reason.
  15. However, my regular glasses won't be ready for 7-10 business days.
    Guess I'll get through it though. I mean, I've got this long with subpar vision. I can go a little longer.
  16. I swear that this is not like a paid LensCrafters advertisement post or something, but I highly recommend them.
    Not only was the exam far more thorough than any I've ever had, everyone was super nice too.
  17. For some reason I thought this would make an interesting list.
    I no longer think that, but it's done now, so...yeah. Posting it still.