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8 Things Will Happen When You Start Wearing Glasses Instead Of Contact Lens

8 Things Will Happen When You Start Wearing Glasses Instead Of Contact Lens

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Аня в очках / xvire1969 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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