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12 Things People With Glasses Can Relate To

From fogged up lenses to superheroes in disguises, only glasses wearers understand these 12 scenarios.

 young boy wearing glasses too big for his face

Do you wear glasses? You’re in good company! More than 61% of the population or 177 million people in the United States need some sort of vision correction.

While only an eye doctor can understand and treat your unique vision needs, here are 12 things all glasses-wearing people can relate to.

1. Constantly cleaning your glasses

No matter what kind of scratch-proof, streak-proof, smudge-proof, omni-repellant treatment you get, those polycarbonate lenses are dirt magnets. And if there’s a smidge of condensation in the air, you’ll be seeing spots. Don’t even get me started on rain. 

2. Glasses sliding off your sweaty face

Whether you’re playing sports, or it’s just really hot outside, your index finger gets a workout as you continually push your frames back up your sweaty nose.

3. When your lenses fog up 

When it’s extra cold outside, your warm breath fogs up your glasses and you have to choose between breathing and seeing.

Related: Say Goodbye to Glasses: Improve Your Vision Overnight

4. People asking to try on your glasses

No, they won’t help you see better unless you have the same prescription. And yes, I really need them. Who do you think I am? Clark Kent?

5. Getting treated like a brainiac

Because you wear glasses that must mean you’re smartest person in the room. So, go ahead, share some wisdom.

6. Small children poking you in the eye

Every baby, toddler, and preschooler is fascinated with your glasses. Forget hugs, you get small hands and fingers grabbing and poking at your eye socket.

7. Fumbling around for your glasses

Whether you wake to a bump in the night or have just stepped out of the shower, it’s a lot tougher to find your glasses when all you see is blurry shapes and splotches of color. It’s the ultimate catch 22.

Related: 7 Symptoms of Cataracts

8. Finding the right frames

Frames are the fashion statement you make for a year or more. They’d better look good on you. You want something that says successful and sophisticated, not crazy librarian.

9. Forgetting your glasses

If you only need glasses for reading, driving, or watching movies, it’s a guarantee you won’t have them handy when you end up reading, driving, or watching movies.

10. Talking to complete strangers at the swimming pool

There’s really no good way to swim when you have glasses. Leave them on and—if they don’t float away—they’ll become a sopping, blurry mess. Take them off and everything is still wet and blurry. Either way, people all look the same when you can’t make out their features.

11. Breaking your glasses

Not only does breaking your glasses mean an extra trip to the eye doctor, but you also have to wear your back-up glasses. They’re always an old prescription and never the good kind of vintage.

12. Considering contacts or LASIK 

All glasses wearers have dreamed of skipping about town frame-free. But getting the right prescription and a perfect fit is almost as good. A doctor can find what will work best for you! 

13. Putting on makeup

It’s kind of hard to apply makeup when you can’t see clearly. If you’re not careful, makeup hour can quickly become a game of “how close to the mirror can you get your nose without touching it.” 

Taking good care of your vision has a big impact on your daily life. Yearly eye exams not only keep you seeing 20/20, they can also detect eye vision disorders and eye diseases that could cause problems in the future. They can even detect life-threatening conditions like a brain tumor or high cholesterol, and they tell you a lot about your overall health. Before you get an eye exam, check with your insurance provider to see if eye exams are covered on your plan.

Make an appointment for an eye exam with a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist (here’s the difference) today and give your “big browns” or “baby blues” the care they deserve.

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