Up until last week I had never had an eye test. My eyes have never had any issues and, touch wood, I don't think I will need glasses until I am well into my 60's like both my parents. I should give my dad a shout out, always the peter pan of the family, he refused to submit to his optical ailment which hit in his 50's and would quite literally use a magnifying glass to read - he even whipped out the magnifying glass at restaurants just to browse the menu. True story. Anyway, as I was saying...I don't have trouble seeing anything but if I am 100% honest I sometimes wish I needed glasses just so I could have fun with the geek chic look. I once purchased a pair of display frames then had to explain to the counter staff that I wanted to keep the plastic rather than get lenses then made up some excuse as to why but still they looked at me like I was mad. Maybe I am. Blame it on the farssshun baby.
a few weeks ago I was invited by Oscar Wylee, (Canberra's hottest new optometry and sunglasses retailer in the Canberra Centre!) to have an eye test and check out some of the sunglasses in store while I was there. The minute I walked in I felt like a kid in a candy store. Some fashion lovers have a thing for handbags, others die for shoes, my weakness has always been sunglasses. I. Love. Them. I have well over 20 pairs and I don't intend on stopping that stash from growing anytime soon.
The eye test was thorough and actually kind of fun, as weird as that might sound. I may or may not have taken it way too seriously and stressed myself out in getting all the answers right...yes, I know it doesn't work that way but I am nothing if not competitive hah. Half way through I had a bit of a panic wondering if maybe my vision wasn't perfect and I had been living in ignorant bliss but turns out my eyes are absolutely fine which was a nice relief. This meant I had to rule out a new pair of frames but I quickly turned to the sunglasses and saw dozens of styles I would happily 'add to cart'.
In the end I settled on this pair - the "Sato". The round square shape is my go-to right now and the reflective style is a long time favourite of mine. The best thing about Oscar Wylee is the price point and quality. Most pairs are half the cost of your average designer pair but the quality and design aesthetic is amazing. I think I will be back in again soon to pick up a pair of the "Kato" - a round style which is similar to the "Sato" - I found it nearly impossible to choose between the two!
Oscar Wylee also have an incredible initiative I Care For Eyecare "for every pair purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need". For every pair of frames you purchase, you'll help provide someone in need access to affordable eyecare. They work with established partners around the world who are committed to making the biggest impact possible with the support we provide. That is something I absolutely want to get behind and I believe this is the approach all retailers should be making. Our decisions as consummers should be of beneift rather than an endless mission of spending and obtaining. This is a fantastic way to give back in a meaningful and impacting way.
If you wear prescription glasses or have a thing for sunnies like me, head into Oscar Wylee and check out what is on offer stock, believe me when I say it is the goods! You can also take a look at their entire range online at www.oscarwylee.com.au. Happy shopping!