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I’ve had an issue for 28 years. Actually, I’ve got plenty of issues, but this one has been lingering for 28 years. It’s plagued me, bothered me, ticked me off and I just wanted it to go away. Today it has. See, I’ve been wearing glasses […]

Image_00006I’ve had an issue for 28 years. Actually, I’ve got plenty of issues, but this one has been lingering for 28 years. It’s plagued me, bothered me, ticked me off and I just wanted it to go away. Today it has. See, I’ve been wearing glasses for 28 years. I did the contact lens thing for a few years, but basically, I’m a glasses kinda guy. And my eyes are pretty bad. I’m nearsighted, meaning I can’t see far away, but to be honest, I really can’t see things near me that well either. Therein lies the problem: how the heck can I tell what eyeglass frames look good on me? Truth is: I can’t because the frames have clear glass in them, which obviously does nothing for my eyesight. I usually bring someone with some fashion sense with me, but today I couldn’t. What to do, what to do……

The answer hit me while I was waiting to be helped. I had my XV 6700 Windows Mobile phone with me and it has a 1.3 Megapixel camera in it, right? I decided to snap pics of myself in potential frames, and then put my glasses on to view the actual pics. Heck, if I wanted to, I could have do a whole little fashion show and recorded a video!

So that solved the majority of my dilemma. Using the camera, I could take pics and then review them with my corrected vision. The other issue I had was getting a second opinion on my choices. Barb couldn’t join me at the store, but once I had the pics, it was a simple matter of sending her the pics in an e-mail via the EV-DO connection. Sure enough: I got the thumbs up in about 3 minutes.

Never again will I agonize over picking out frames when I can’t clearly see what they look like. Of course, maybe I should just buck up for the RK surgery, but that’s another issue entirely. ;) By the way, this approach was so successful for me that I bought not one, but two pairs of glasses. James says they’re ugly, but that’s what us younger, hipper folk call "trendy".

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  1. Kevin uses mobile tech to shop for glasses Thursday, January 4, 2007
  2. Contact Lenses Brand Thursday, January 4, 2007
  3. I have used this to show people things I was looking at buying and asking their opinion. My Cell can do all of this as well and I have used it alot.

  4. Does the cartoon get new glasses too?

  5. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, January 4, 2007

    Mark, he doesn’t need them. He’s still the same handsome devil he was when he was drawn last year. Of course, I say that as someone with very bad eyesight, so I could be seeing things. ;)

  6. Leaving tech aside, I solve my vision issues ;) by going through surgery. Never again have used glasses nor contact lens :)

  7. Brilliant idea! My father has this kind of issue/problem and I usually choose frames for him (as a person with “with some fashion sense” :P ).

  8. A big laser and a brilliant physician took care of my 29 yr-old problem (at least until I get to reading glasses age). Did it last year. I have a follow-up exam tomorrow.

  9. Laser surgery scares me and contacts are a pain (literally and figuratively). So I’ll stick with glasses too. But my frames aren’t very stylish and haven’t been updated in maybe 3-4 years. I only wear them when I want to see which is usually in the car or in front of the TV so I’m not too concerned with how bad I look.

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