I picked up new specs this summer – tinted, like my last ones and the ones before those, and the ones before those, going back decades. Insurance covered 70 percent of the overall cost, but the insurance also has rules about when coverage kicks in. An annual checkup? Yes. Lenses every year? Yes. Frames? No. Those are an every-other-year thing. Which is fine; for the minimal money I lay out every month for the insurance, I have no complaints.
It does make getting a second pair of specs, for backup purposes, a pricey affair, however. I’d keep my old ones, but my vision has changed so much, and the lenses were so scratched, that it’s not a good idea – especially now that I can see everything that I couldn’t before.
But paying the non-insurance rate for another set? Nah. Instead, I opted for 39dollarglasses.com, and wound up paying just $18 more than my out-of-pocket cost for the first pair, and that was because I chose transition lenses – sunglasses outside, crystal-clear inside. Ten days later, they arrived. They fit, I can see without issue, and like them. The lack of tint annoys me, however; I wore them to my over-bright office one day last week and found myself near-blinded. My eyes have become accustomed to a gradient-shaded reality – a metaphor of some kind, no doubt.
So, anyway, for today’s Top 5: Vision.
1) The Chi-Lites – “Have You Seen Her?”
2) Juliana Hatfield – “I See You”
3) Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – “I See the Rain”
4) The MonaLisa Sisters – “I Saw Her Standing There”
5) Paul McCartney & Wings – “I’ve Just Seen a Face”
And a few bonuses…
Pete Townshend – “Eyesight to the Blind”
Roberta Flack -“First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
Suzanne Vega – “Night Vision”