There are many aspects of my health that I take for granted, but my eye sight and overall eye health are not amongst them. I get eye exams at least once a year, but usually more than that because I don’t have a choice.
In 2010, I developed corneal ulcers from contact overuse. The ulcers left some scarring, which makes wearing contacts not a viable everyday option. Truth be told, I’m not really willing to wear contacts unless there is a very compelling reason.
I also have iritis in my left eye. Iritis, a painful inflammation of the iris, is an autoimmune issue and is not related to the ulcers. My iritis is chronic, which means I have to use medicated eye drops and be under the care of a specialist who checks my eye pressure on a regular basis.
So you see, I can’t really afford to take the health of my beautiful brown eyes for granted. Even if I tried to the pain would get so bad that I would not be able to ignore it. All these issues with my eyes have led to me becoming a full-time wearer of glasses.
I hate to sound shallow, but I was unbelievably bummed when I found out I had to wear glasses all the time. I like glasses, but I love sunglasses. I have so many wonderful sunglasses that I can no longer wear because they don’t have a prescription and I can’t see a thing with them on.
The thing about the medication I use for my iritis is that it makes my left eye sensitive to light. Sunglasses really help with sensitivity to light and they can also protect your eyes from the sun, so when I was offered the chance to try a pair of glasses with Transitions® Lenses I jumped at the chance.
I was set up with an appointment at For Your Eyes Only in San Francisco’s Castro District.
The eye exam itself went smoothly. No wait and more importantly no surprises, which in the case of my eyes is a good thing.
The most daunting part of my visit was choosing a pair of frames, but once I narrowed it down to my price range, can you believe that the first pair of frames I tried on were the ones I picked?
I was told my glasses would be ready in 7-10 days, but they were ready in 3. Once I got the frames with my prescription, the glasses needed to be adjusted. If you wear glasses, make sure you get them adjusted, it makes all the difference in the world not to have to push them up all day long.
All that was left to do was put them on and try out the new Transitions® Lenses in different conditions. Here they are indoors…
And here they outdoors…
I had no idea they would get so dark, but I love that they do. Truthfully, I never even noticed them changing. The change is gradual and didn’t make me feel like things went dark, I just didn’t have to squint.
I’ve had my new Transitions® Lens glasses for a few weeks now and I’m loving having sunglasses that I can see with again. They reduce glare and they protect the health of my eyes by blocking 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Oh and I got them just in time for summer!
This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. I was provided with a complimentary eye exam and pair of eyeglasses to test for the purpose of this campaign. However, all opinions expressed are my own.