Nearing the end of those nine months in New York, I visited an optometrist and was outfitted with reading glasses that would help with the computer glare, etc.
I enjoyed picking out glasses, since I saw them as an accessory. I searched the shops in the Village and in Soho, finding a pair of Oliver Peoples at the late Joel Name shop on Houston (I know that there's a Joel Name deeper in Soho now). They were not inexpensive.
Why do I mention something as unmentionable as price? Because the lenses in those Oliver Peoples glasses have had their day and I was utterly shocked to learn that I could buy a pair of reading glasses without prescription. I know: I am sheltered in some areas.
During my summer travels we stopped at Oberlin College and I saw some somewhat retro yet space-age glasses with a strong shape at a funky boutique in the town. They are made by this company and cost, to my enduring surprise (and pleasure), about 1/20th of my OP frames and lenses.
I don't mind going a little Jetsons-by-way-of-French-new-wave with these reading specs; indeed, I'd rather up my technology in the glasses department than read from a Kindle, etc. Do any gentle readers have strong opinions on paper vs. tech?
**Image: Shirley Manson for Oliver Peoples. Or is it Ann Margret?