Thursday, January 3, 2013

I can see again! {Being Thrifty}

Honestly, I never, ever thought I would be happy to have my bifocals back.

I had not been able to wear them for 48 hours.  Thankfully, I still had my last pair of glasses so that I could at least function and drive.

Glasses 2

I'll tell you what happened:  Luke and I were cooking pasta for lunch (it was his week to be my assistant cook); afterwards I noticed a fog on my lens that wouldn't go away.  Upon closer examination, I noticed tiny little scratches on the lenses where the fogging was most noticeable.

{Insert some internet researching and I discovered ...} the anti-reflective coating had begun to crack and peel off.  My glasses were just barely 9 months old, and I had not purchase a warranty for this pair.  I was trying out a local wholesale club's vision department and decided that I didn't need the extra $40+ dollar expense of insurance. Murphy's law in action, doncha think?

Not only did I discover what my lens problem was, but I also discovered how to fix it!  Returning from Michaels with a bottle of  Armour Etch (cream is all they had - cost was $8 after using the 40% coupon), I applied it to my lenses  for 5 minutes on each side.  When the timer went off, I rinsed the glasses with cold water and -- Magic! -- I had clear lenses again!

I was so excited -- but mostly relieved that I did not need to get new lenses!  I had to get used to a little bit of reflection again, but that only took a day or two. This small investment/ huge payoff saved me close to $300 and I've been wearing these glasses daily for four or so months. 

If you'd like to see a YouTube video demonstrating the process, here it is:

I followed exactly what she did, except after applying the cream, I just let my glasses sit -- I didn't keep moving the cream around.

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