At the height of the pandemic, while the world was sheltering in place, I found myself faced with an unforeseen, first-world problem: my Health Spending Account (HSA) was about to expire and it would take my $1,600 balance with it if I didn’t intervene. After postponing dentist and doctor appointments to avoid catching the virus, my planned HSA spending had stalled for the year, and I was now staring down the barrel of a “use it or lose it” scenario. Lucky for me, I have the worst vision ever and this, combined with augmented reality, offered me a perfect solution to my problems.
Thanks to retailers like Warby Parker and Zenni Optical, in just one week I was able to spend my entire HSA on nearly a dozen pairs of glasses. From prescription sunglasses to transition lenses, to blue light glasses and traditional glasses, I had made one confident purchase after another–all from the comfort and security of my own home.
While the ability to virtually try on glasses has been around for…
This article was written by Amy Balliett and originally published on www.inc.com