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Eye Health Over 50 and New Glasses

Happy Friday ladies!

I hope your week is going well. I thought since I bought a new pair of prescription eyeglasses., and sunnies ( on their way), I would talk about the importance of getting your eyes checked after 50.

I always have to laugh to myself when the assistant tells me to cover my eyes and read the letters. What is the line I can read? There then is these microscopic row of 5 letters that I would have to get up against with my glasses on to see! Do I get points for the Big E? Really though, I try to go each year to an Ophthalmologist, and over the last 2 years, my eyes haven’t changed that much. Small changes but nothing horrible.

It is recommended that people over 50 get their eyes checked once a year.

With EDS being a connective tissue disease, it can affect the eyes. I can have a disposition for macular degeneration.

What is that?

Macular Degeneration- According to the American Macualr Degeneration Foundation, ” Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined..Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.”

My father in law, aged 91, has macualr degeneration and gets eye injections every 4 months or so. Now that is something I don’t think I could do! I can hardly keep my eye open when a makeup artist is putting eyeliner on my eye! But sometimes when you eyes are affected, you conjure up the courage!

I don’t have it and am also checked when I see the doctor for other eye diseases or health. They use a machine, which checked the inside of your eyes and is able to look for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease. I am in the clear. It is a test I recommend getting when you see the eye doctor.

Progressive lenses are something I need but my doctor also said if I could read without glasses and don’t strain, to go that route. Progressive lenses help those who need to see far and also read or see things close up

“Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by abnormally high pressure in your eye.”
I am not writing this to scare anyone, only to keep track of your eye health and share it’s importance as we age.

I recently bought new prescription eyeglasses and do often by glasses on-line. I have purchased online at Zenni Optical, Coastal, Smartbuyglasses ( designer), Eyebuydirect, and these from Glasses.com.

What I love is the selection and the price. I can often find a coupon ( Retailmenot) or a Promo Code on the actual site. I have an oval face shape and petite face, so I need a small frame.


As you know, these are my favorite frames. They aren’t produced anymore, but they are the Holcombe from Warby Parker. I wished they made them in other colors, as it would make life easy!

Here are the frames I am thinking about- I have a strong prescription and get a thin lens.

Ray ban- Clubmaster 5154. On Glasses.com, you have 14 days to return. This gives you time to try them on and wear them for a bit.

The measurements are 49-21-140, which is the lens width, the bridge, and the shank length.

They are considered unisex for men or women. I love the brick/gold color combination, and they have alot of other colors to choose from.

I am loving the color of these glasses, just got the shanks adjusted so they are nice and secure.

I also love this light tortoise Wayfarer style  from Eye Buy Direct.

and these are similar with a smaller profile. Again, another browline pair.

If you missed my post from a year or so back on choosing glasses for your face shape, click HERE for the POST.

I have an Oval face shape, which is said to wear any style of frame, square, browline, round. For me, the main concern is size- in which I need a smaller frame.

Are you concerened with Eye health as we get older? Have you bought glasses on-line? 

Have a great weekend,
jess xo

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  • Reply
    March 9, 2020 at 10:11 am

    This is an honest and refreshing post. And I think it’s wonderful that you work hard, have goals, and reward yourself. It’s sad that people feel the need to weigh in on other people’s life decision..esp. women. Kudos to you for having a great balance of working hard and enjoying life!

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    February 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Jess, I freaking love your new frames! Gorgeous! My eyes have not been changing much in my 40’s except I do need bifocals now. And what a difference it makes! I love them. I wish I could order online but my prescription has been rejected as too difficult on every online eyewear site. I can only slowly add new eyeglasses to my collection because my lenses start around $400 even at the cheapest places I can find like Walmart. I do miss the days though when I could order lots of cute glasses from places like Zenni Optical.


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      jessica jannenga (@jessicajannenga)
      February 29, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thank you Shelbee! I ordered another pair as well- toirtoise all around in a squarer frame from Eyebuydirect. Not expensive. I know what you mean about prescriptions and ordering on-line. Oh boy those are expensive lenses! I could use progressives, but my eyedoc says as long as I can read menus etc without my glasses at a good distance, I am fine for now. I love the glasses you choose! I have a new pair of sunnies I will share on the blog soon too.

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    Gata Collins
    February 23, 2020 at 4:45 am

    I love these glasses. they look so cute!
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      Jess Jannenga
      February 24, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Thank you Gata! I will wear both pair depending on my mood or outfit 🙂

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    Gata Collins
    February 23, 2020 at 4:43 am

    These glasses look gorgeous! You’re really good at choosing glasses!

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 24, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Thanks so much! I can switch off with the pairs, and I love the warm colors of the Raybans.

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    February 22, 2020 at 2:52 am

    Those cat eye glasses look so cute on you dear!
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      Jess Jannenga
      February 24, 2020 at 10:35 am

      Hi Jess, thank you! I will wear both pairs depending on my mood 🙂

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    February 21, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I just love the option of online glasses. There are so many fun frames and the cost is so much less expensive. These both look so great on you, Jess.
    Have a fabulous weekend,

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 24, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Hi Jodie!
      Thank you! Yes, I bought my sunnies I am waiting for on-line and buy my glasses online as there is more selection and the price is much better. I loved the warm frame of the Raybans and the WP they dont make anymore.

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    Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    February 21, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    You are so darling in glasses Jess! I had lasik 15 years ago and have just started having some regression requiring glasses again. I definitely have noticed when using the computer I almost have to wear them constantly or I will have eye strain.

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 24, 2020 at 10:46 am

      Aw, thank you Shelly! I didnt know you had lasik! Ive been wearing glasses since the age of 10. Maybe you can get blue-light readers for the computer ?

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    February 21, 2020 at 11:51 am

    The cat eye glasses look so good on you. It’s time that I have my eyes checked, again. Why does it seem like such a hassle? I recently went into a Warby Parker store. I thought I wanted a pair of aviators–they told me it wasn’t possible to add progressive lenses to them, hmm, I’m kind of sceptical of that.

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 21, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Thank you! Yes, that does sound a little fishy! It really I think depends on the size of the lens I think. Enjoy your weekend!

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    Jess Jannenga
    February 21, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Thank you my friend! I am very picky about my glasses since I wear them all of the time! Yes, check them out! I also love trying different styles.

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    February 21, 2020 at 9:41 am

    They are such gorgeous glasses! I love the cat eye effect, I’ve been looking for some similar frames for myself! xo


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      Jess Jannenga
      February 21, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Hi Thank you!. I actually really like wearing glasses, I feel I look weird without!

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    February 21, 2020 at 7:15 am

    These frames look so good on you Jess! They opened a Warby Parker in one of our malls recently and I would like to visit. It’s been a few years since I got new glasses and it is time! Have a super weekend my friend!

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