Wearing glasses has not always been a popular fashion decision. Remember the old adage, “Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.” Fortunately, times have changed and eyeglasses are more useful, popular and fashionable than ever before.
I personally abandoned my contact lenses after suffering a corneal abrasion that never healed properly, which makes contact lens wear difficult. At first, I struggled with the change, but as time marched on, I grew to discover many advantages and subtle life changes from wearing eyeglasses.
So what exactly will happen to you if you start wearing eyeglasses instead of contact lenses?
1. You’ll become more approachable.
Perhaps the most interesting change I noticed immediately when I abandoned contact lenses was that when wearing glasses, I became more approachable. Strangers talked to me on elevators instead of staring at their smartphones. People approached me at the local coffee shop and grocery store. Moreover, I became a source of advice and guidance to strangers and also colleagues.
Do my glasses have superpowers? Probably not. I sat in my armchair and contemplated the psychology of this phenomenon. I decided that ultimately, people form first impressions quickly and with the simple addition of eyeglasses, I was different in a profound way.
The truth is, many studies show that those who wear glasses are perceived as more intelligent and successful. This finding is significant and partly answers why glasses make you more approachable. Eyeglasses also humanize you. Your glasses say, “hey, nobody’s perfect,” which helps people open up to you.
2. You’ll experience improved eye health.
When you see your ophthalmologist, is he or she wearing contact lenses or glasses? Typically, I notice that they wear glasses. There’s a reason for this fact. They know the risks of contact lens use.
Contact lenses cover the cornea of the eyes, which decreases the oxygen supply. When the oxygen supply is not sufficient from overwear of contact lenses or other factors, such as sleeping in contact lenses, hypoxia can occur which leads to red eyes, discomfort, temporary blurred vision and inflammation. This also increases your chances of getting an eye infection, which can be serious. Sometimes it can lead to vision loss. Moreover, dry eyes frequently occur for those who wear contact lenses.
Fortunately, wearing glasses frees you from dry eye discomfort that can occur from the frequent use of contact lenses. The risk of hypoxia-related complications is decreased, which lifts a heavy burden off your shoulders.
3. You’ll enjoy more freedom.
One of the immediate advantages of wearing glasses instead of contact lenses is you regain your freedom. With contact lenses, comes planning, scheduling and baggage. Lugging around eye drops, lens cases and solutions is a burden. Ensuring you remove your contacts on a schedule and using rewetting drops throughout the day is also inconvenient. What’s fantastic about eyeglasses is they only require a little cleaning rag and a sturdy case.
Imagine you are an outdoor person who likes overnight camping or you are planning to hike a Colorado 14er. Carrying solutions and other contact lens paraphernalia weighs you down. Eyeglasses will give you the freedom you need in these situations. Or, perhaps you spend a lot of time traveling on business. Having the freedom to take a nap on a long flight without first removing your contact lenses in a tiny, turbulent bathroom is an amazing benefit you will certainly enjoy.
4. You’ll emphasize your signature look.
A signature look is not just for artists, designers and those who are famous. Anyone can establish a signature look, and wearing glasses is an excellent way to determine it. When I think of a signature style defined by wearing glasses, John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Jackie Kennedy and Tina Fey come to mind. Even fictional characters, such as Clark Kent, Claire Underwood and Noah Bennet have an unforgettable look, which is defined by their eyeglasses.
Is your style preppy, hipster, classic, bohemian, high-fashion or rocker? Do you have your own unique look? When you start wearing glasses, you can play up and define your unique style. For example, bold spectacles will completely transform you from “meh” to “geek-chic.” Or, a beautiful pair of designer frames will accentuate your high-fashion look.
5. You’ll see better at the end of a long work day.
I spend a lot of time on my laptop each day. Before switching to eyeglasses, by the end of a long work day my contact lenses would dry out and I felt as if I was looking through foggy windows. My eyes would be red, tired and sometimes they would twitch. Now, when wearing glasses, these problems are virtually eliminated.
Like me, a large number of people spend hours each day using computers and mobile devices, which can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged use of these devices contributes to dry, watery and tired eyes, and even blurred vision. These problems are exacerbated by contact lenses.
When wearing glasses, your eyes will feel more fresh and invigorated, especially if you choose modern eyeglasses with anti-reflective coatings. These coatings provide improved comfort when using computers or other devices for long periods of time by reducing glare. They decrease glare by minimizing the light that reflects off the surfaces of your eyeglasses. As an added bonus, they improve night driving by increasing your field of vision and reaction times.
6. You’ll save some cash.
Contact lenses are expensive. With Hydrogel contact lenses, you typically pay $250 – $350 in the United States for a yearly supply, depending on your lens prescription. Solutions and drops can add up to nearly $350 yearly. Considering most contact lens wearers also purchase a pair of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, these costs really add up.
The cost of eyeglasses varies depending on the frames, lens category and add-ons. Nonetheless, an important fact to consider is that you can purchase many eyeglasses online that start at $95. The cost of eyeglasses increases with progressives, complicated prescriptions and add-ons such as photochromic lenses that darken when you go outside. However, the costs are typically less than with contact lenses. Even with all of these add-ons considered, most people who ditch the contact lenses and start wearing glasses save money over time.
7. You’ll emphasize your best features.
With carefully-chosen eyeglasses, you will emphasize your best features, while deemphasizing the features that you don’t like as much. Shape, detailing, color and fit can make your look.
For example, perhaps your eyes appear droopier than you wish or your forehead and upper-face are narrow. In this case, wearing glasses with cat eye frames will give your eyes a natural lift. Or maybe you have beautiful blue eyes and you want to highlight this feature. In this example, choosing eyeglass frames with a color that contrasts from your blue eyes, such as copper or red, will accentuate your amazing eyes.
8. You’ll be more memorable.
Looking like everyone else is boring. One of the overlooked benefits of wearing glasses is you will stand out in a crowd. The uniqueness of your style will make you more memorable, which is a great asset in our competitive world.
Imagine you are interviewing for a job against ten other candidates. What can you do to stand out? Wearing glasses will give you a unique, memorable style, which will get you noticed.
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