Writing by Katie Kuo // Photograph by Alina Autumn
I was around 13 or 14 when I got glasses, after a year of mixing up the division sign and the addition sign in mathematics class on the whiteboard. A part of me wishes that we didn’t need to wear glasses, and another part is grateful for how much they allow us to see the world around us. I hope these pros and cons are relatable to anyone who may have a love/hate relationship with their glasses (and maybe help them feel a little more love for their glasses!), and also allow those with 20-20 vision to get a peek into the lives of those who don’t.
The pros of wearing glasses:
On a windy day, they can protect the eyes from debris, like dirt or dust. Unless of course it’s raining, in which case you might wish you had windshield wipers on your lenses!
They show you a clearer world. It can be scary to see the world in a blur around you. I think I appreciate my vision far more as someone who needs glasses, because I know just what it’s like to be without good vision!
Glasses can be a safer, cheaper option compared to contact lenses. Glasses, compared to contacts, allow your eyes to breathe more. You also save money as you only need one pair with occasional adjustments, as opposed to buying new pairs for each day, week, or month.
They add a stylish touch to an outfit. Glasses can be a fashion statement or an accessory to an outfit. They add personality because frames come in so many different shapes and colours. Glasses can reflect your own personal style as much as your clothing does.
The cons of wearing glasses:
They can be inconvenient when you have to take them off and on. It’s not the case for everyone, but I don’t wear glasses as consistently as others may. I’m in that awkward area where my prescription isn’t high enough for me to need to wear them all the time, but it isn’t low enough for me to be able to see comfortably into the distance without them. This means I have to carry them with me all the time and take them off and on, depending on the situation, which can be a nuisance.
Glasses are affected by temperature. In the summertime, thanks to heat and sweat, they can be a bit more slippery and may slide off your nose; in the winter, they’re more likely to fog up. Other times you may be having a serious conversation with someone over a cup of hot tea, and find your glasses completely foggy in the midst of a sip of tea!
They get in the way. There may be moments where you want to hug someone, put your head down on a pillow for a nap, or play certain sports, but you need to remove your glasses before doing so.
At the end of the day, as annoying as they can be, I am very grateful to have my glasses to enable me to see the colourful world around me more clearly.[share]