peterchen wrote:A good choice of frames and some additional money for better glass can work wonders
Indeed. My lenses aren't even glass (most aren't anymore), they're some high-tech plastic. The frames are just enough material to hold the lenses in place. The end result is a pair of glasses that weigh a tenth of what they did 20 years ago.
peterchen wrote:I wouldn't go contacts
I've tried wearing contact lenses twice and given up each time after a few months. It turns out there are two types of astigmatism, one due to the shape of the eye, and the other due to the shape of the lens in the eye. Unfortunately I have both types, and contact lenses only can correct for the one type. I end up with poor focus, even with perfect correction in the contact lens (which usually isn't the case anyway). Poor focus causes eye fatigue, headaches, etc.
peterchen wrote:Laser surgery - I was thinking about that, but the last time I checked for new glasses, the guy in front of me told his horror story
Success with laser correction seems to depend upon getting an honest practitioner who has done a lot of procedures. The good ones will do a comprehensive evaluation beforehand, and will give you an idea of what to expect. Some people simply aren't good candidates. I would bet the guy in front of you went to one of the el-cheapo drive-thru vision correction places, and things went downhill from there. My optometrist told me that a poor initial procedure can often not be corrected through later procedures.