The Stress Of Spectacles: Why Glasses Wearers Have It Tough

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Wearing glasses used to be an unbearable stigma for anyone who required them. For a time, Hollywood movies even had a trope wherein a character who was considered to be undesirable was sure to have thick-rimmed glasses, but would suddenly become heart-breakingly stunning once the glasses came off. In the last couple of decades, attitudes have fortunately become less shallow, but for glasses-wearers life has not become a picnic.

The cosmetic impact of glasses is not something to be concerned about, but from a practical standpoint they certainly still present issues. Below, we’ll go into why those frames can be an obstacle still, and consider some alternatives and solutions.

If you need new glasses, you probably need a new eye test

If you want to buy shoes, you can be fairly sure what size you need, and can go into a shoe shop, try them on and then buy them. Simple. The same goes for most wearable purchases, but glasses are a case unto themselves. If you’re buying a new pair, the chances are you last had your eyes tested a couple of years ago; therefore, you need a new prescription, because your vision will have changed in the interim period. That means a new eye test.

There is only one thing for it; take a personal day from work, and fit any necessary admin like this into one day – book it alongside a dentist trip and anything similar, and then treat yourself at brunch.

You can’t lie down to watch TV

One of the finest pleasures of downtime is the chance to lie on the sofa, or in bed, and watch the TV or a few movies or YouTube videos on your laptop or phone. But the moment you roll over to get comfortable, your frames are pushed into the side of your head, messing up your vision and potentially breaking the leg. It’s that, or go without your glasses and see only blurry shapes.

The solution? It’s fairly simple: get contact lenses and wear them in situations where the glasses are impractical. There are plenty of options, and you will find plenty of other benefits to contacts, too.

Smudges seem to live forever

As scrupulously clean as you might pride yourself on being, there’s a more than decent chance that your glasses spend most of their time with smudged, blurry lenses. Why? Well, for one thing, glare-proof glasses come with a coating that is prone to smudging at the slightest touch. You will touch your glasses repeatedly; statistically, we apparently touch our faces as much as 20 times an hour. Also, your eyelashes will brush against the lenses, and every time the lenses are brushed, there will be oil or moisture deposited. And don’t even try to clean them using your shirt – that will make it worse.

The better option is to pick up a microfiber cloth that is designed for cleaning screens. Only use it for your glasses. It works much better than the cleaning cloth you get with a new pair of specs, we promise.

Wearing glasses may be a necessity much of the time, and it’s often not much of a chore. But if you’ve found any of the above frustrations to be true, now you know what to do about them.


Sasha Duncan is a bookworm, fashion enthusiast and a consultant for Palmaira, a supplier of the best Menorca sandals Australia has to offer. She loves reading crime novels and being with her dogs, Maya and Buster.

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