Last month I got an exam at Seattle’s boutique eye clinic and optical shop, Eye Eye. Needless-to-say, it had been awhile. And, while checking my vision is important, particularly as I am getting…ahem…older; I was thrilled to browse Eye Eye’s amazing selection of beautifully curated eye glasses, including independent designers frames as well as a vintage dead stock.
First up: a comprehensive exam with Dr. Pentecost. I learned that, because I am “fortunate” to be near-sighted, I am still able to read a menu at a normal distance. Did you know that the flexibility of the eye’s lens begins to degenerate after age 40; often resulting in far-sightedness (this leads to you having to hold the menu away from you to read it)? Because I am already challenged seeing at a distance, my eye can still flex to see things up close…for now (this is the very laymen’s explanation, the doctor provided much more scientific detail).
Next up, the fun part! Decisions, decisions. I started with at least 8 frames and was assisted by nearly the entire Eye Eye team in narrowing down my choices. There were so many fashion-forward, classic, colorful, and even vintage frames to choose from! While most shops offer 5 brands, Eye Eye carries 27 independent designers, so you are sure to find something unique to your aesthetic – all while supporting small designers (and small business).
I do love the “nerd-chic” look of a dark plastic frame, but this year I’m digging the retro, aviator-inspired trend. (As evident by my final selection below). And because Eye Eye has an in-house lab, my frames were turned around and expertly fitted within days of my selection. The only downside? Returning to Eye Eye’s beautiful store and being tempted by more frames and sunglasses too! I did go home with these sunnies – to note, Eye Eye can add your prescription to sunglasses and sportswear (think goggles) as well.
sunglasses: Barton Perreira
I’m sending the hubs in next! The entire team are knowledgeable experts. I worked with Milli; she really knows her stuff and can help expertly guide you based both on your preference and face shape.
And, would you believe that Kirsty and I did not go shopping together? Unsurprisingly, we choose almost the identical frame without sharing our choices in advance!
Thank you for reading! And happy Wednesday. ~Jenn
A special thank you to Eye Eye for gifting my eyewear in exchange for my honest review of their services.