I've worn glasses since I was 4 years old. I was born with bad vision and a lazy eye. Oh, I was also born with legit fashion sense:
The lazy eye somehow "fixed" itself as I got older?! (I've never understood this either.) The poor vision was fixed via some pre-LASIK
era eyeball surgery. In the mid 1990s, my pioneering, renegade eye doctor (the late, great Dr. Doyle Leslie) performed radial keratotomy
on both of my eyes, resulting in a marked improvement in my vision and a big GOODBYE to my need for glasses.
Before corrective astigmatism
surgery was done all cutting-edge like with lasers as it is today, it was called radial keratotomy (or RK) and was done with an actual, physical scalpel
. No space age lasers for us 90s babes. RK was pioneered in Russia in the early 1970s after a near-sighted woman whose eyes were cut by glass reported improved vision as a result of the accident.
Dr. Leslie did my surgery much as they did in Russia
-- in a room full of patients laid out on gurneys, magic marker indicating which eyes the doctor should slice. He hopped from bed to bed making a few cuts here, a few cuts there, et voila! An entire room full of people can now see perfectly. It was very much an assembly line at a butcher shop, designed to maximize profits.
A LOT has changed since then. My dude recently had LASIK
surgery. It was done in a private office in a glass walled operating theater, and I watched from a sofa outside of it. Which is obviously QUITE a different experience than I had.
Sadly, tons of computer use (and the intervening 15-some-odd years since the operation was performed!) means my once-perfect vision has slipped a bit, and I'm now back to wearing glasses a large portion of the time, specifically when reading and writing. So I OF COURSE own an entire wardrobe of eyeglasses to accessorize whatever I happen to be wearing.
There's more than this but you get the idea.
All of my glasses are lacking one thing: a little personality. None of them set me apart from the pack and mark me as the kook that I really am. They are all straight #BasicBitch
I didn't get to have any say in any of the designs I'm wearing -- I'm just a consumer of someone else's ideas. But the launch of Made Eyewear
, an online prescription (or non-prescription!) eyeglass/sunglass spot, has fixed that problem easy-peasy.
Those are NEON. ORANGE. Prescription specs. With lime green arms! That I designed myself. And they were only $89.00. Are you swooning? I'm swooning.
Here's how it works: Made Eyewear
follows the model of affordable online prescription eyeglass spots such as Warby Parker
and Bon Look
, except with one HUGE difference. You get to design your own glasses. Made
has 8 different frame shapes and 8 different colors ranging from crazy to classic that you can mix and match to personalize your glasses just the way YOU want them. Even if you want each arm a different color! Made sends you the resulting glasses in about a week, and they start at a mere $84.00.
The lime green, hot pink, turquoise and orange frames are the sickest look for summer I can imagine. I always think my dark glasses are sort of weighing down my summer style.
But the custom colorways are only half the story at Made
. You can also have anything you want
laser engraved on either the inside or outside of the arms. It could be your name, your significant other's name, a personal mantra, or anything at all you can think of. If you aren't feeling words, Made
also offers all-over patterns such as skulls and animal prints, making every single pair of glasses they produce a unique work of art.
It's no secret that I have really good taste
. So I am very much into custom, personalized, bespoke stuff. Purses
, you name it, I want it all to bear my stamp. I suffer from "I'm pretty great, and the world should know it"
syndrome. So I of course slapped my own initials on both sides of the specs I designed at Made
. AVF for life, duh.
follows the Toms
model, donating a pair of glasses
for every pair purchased to those who lack vision correction around the world. Custom, prescription eyeglasses from Made
start at $89.00, and RX sunnies will run you $114.00. Engraving is $5.00 per side. So why would you ever
wear someone else's eyeglass design when yours
is so much better?