Last week’s Throwback Thursday picture on Facebook (check it out!) was of me in the very early days. You can tell it was the very early days because I’m not wearing glasses! I’ve been wearing glasses since 1987, before some of you were born. My glasses-wearing journey could be another blog post, so in the meantime here are five things that you probably don’t think about in the same way if you have good or perfect vision:
The weather (especially rain and snow)
Ok, many people care about the weather but when you wear glasses, going out in the rain without a jacket that has a nice hood or without an umbrella is annoying because you know you’ll have raindrops all over your glasses and if you’re like me, you won’t carry the right kind of cloth to wipe your glasses so then you end up having little water beads to view the world through, or smudged glasses.
Moving from cold to warm environments, or opening an oven
If you live in Canada and are not homeless, you’ll have the experience of going from the freezing weather outside into a nice warm home. If you wear glasses, this rapid change in temperature means your glasses fog up and you’ll either have to remove them, wipe them (see above), or wait for the fog to dissipate.
Even if you’re indoors already, there’s nothing like opening a hot oven and having the heat from the oven hit you in the face, fogging up your glasses.
Keeping the lenses pristine
Points 1 and 2 above lead to lenses that need to be wiped clean, and since I rarely have the right cloth around, I use kleenex or paper towel, which end up scratching my lenses. Scratches affect the clarity of vision and after a few years even the most conscientious people end up with a few scratches on their lunettes.
And if you’re severely myopic (near sighted)
Misplacing the glasses, especially when sleeping in an unfamiliar place
I cannot accurately convey to you the panic I’ve felt upon waking up, feeling for my glasses, and not seeing them, all because I was sleeping away from home and my glasses weren’t in their usual spot. A couple of times my glasses have gotten tangled up in a blanket and for some reason the glasses blend right in with the blanket and are nearly impossible to see. Or they’ve dropped to the floor but I’m busy searching for them everywhere but. These situations remind me how dependent I am on them.
Having 20/20 vision
I wouldn’t sign up for laser eye surgery or any other sort of procedure to possibly improve my vision, but the thought of not having to wear glasses or contact lenses does comes to mind sometimes, and I remember when I used to really hate the fact that I had to wear glasses. For every longtime glasses wearer, waking up and being able to see clearly what time it is on the alarm clock is the dream!
Nowadays I enjoy wearing glasses and see them as a part of me, and I’m thankful that glasses exist and allow me to live an independent life, without having to be a burden on anyone due to my sight.
Can you relate? If you wear glasses, how long have you been wearing them?