I don’t like wearing glasses and I don’t think glasses look good on me. These 2 ideas alone would be enough to make the glasses-choosing experience painful. Add in the almost crippling inability to make decisions and you have a nearly unendurable nightmare.
The last time I bought glasses, I made my friend come meet me and it still took over an hour.
However, this time, I was using a LivingSocial voucher because my company doesn’t provide vision coverage; my friend has moved away from NYC; the voucher was a rip-off because the frames they sold at this place were all ridiculously expensive.
These unfortunate details actually made the process easier. I asked to see the cheapest frames available. I found one pair of glasses that might possibly look decent on me (though it was hard to tell because 1.) I think most glasses look bad on me and 2.) I didn’t have my glasses on so the mirror image was blurry). I chose them. I left it at that.
Later, when I go to pick them up, I may find that the glasses look awful. I may never end up wearing them. I probably overpaid for what they’re really worth. But the fact that I picked them out all by myself makes none of that matter. I made a decision, and quickly, without checking with anyone else first. That’s priceless.