Glasses have not always been a popular fashion choice. Remember the old adage, “Boys don't make passes at glasses-wearing girls.” Fortunately, times have changed, and eyeglasses are now more useful, popular, and fashionable than ever.
I stopped wearing contact lenses after getting a corneal abrasion that never healed properly, making contact lens wear difficult. I struggled at first with the change, but as time passed, I discovered many benefits and subtle life changes from wearing glasses.
This post may contain some affiliate links to products that I use and love. If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. Read my full disclosure here.
So, what happens if you start wearing eyeglasses instead of contact lenses?
1. You will become friendlier
Perhaps the most interesting change I noticed right away when I stopped wearing contact lenses was that I became more approachable when I wore glasses. Strangers conversed with me in elevators rather than staring at their smartphones. At the local coffee shop and grocery store, people approached me. In addition, I became a source of advice and guidance to strangers as well as colleagues.
Do my spectacles have superpowers? Most likely not. I sat in my armchair, thinking about the psychology of this phenomenon. I decided that, in the end, people form first impressions quickly, and with the simple addition of eyeglasses, I was significantly different.
Many studies show that people who wear glasses are perceived to be more intelligent and successful. This finding is significant and helps to explain why wearing glasses makes you more approachable. Eyeglasses also help to humanize you. Your glasses convey the message, “hey, nobody's perfect,” which encourages people to open up to you.
2. You will have better eye health
Is your ophthalmologist wearing contact lenses or glasses when you see him or her? Usually, I notice that they are wearing glasses. There is a reason for this. They are aware of the dangers of wearing contact lenses.
Contact lenses cover the cornea of the eyes, reducing oxygen supply. Hypoxia can occur when the oxygen supply is insufficient due to contact lens overwear or other factors such as sleeping in contact lenses, resulting in red eyes, discomfort, temporary blurred vision, and inflammation. This also increases your chances of getting a serious eye infection. It can sometimes result in vision loss. Furthermore, dry eyes are common in contact lens wearers.
Fortunately, wearing glasses relieves the dry eye discomfort that can result from wearing contact lenses on a regular basis. The risk of hypoxia-related complications is reduced, which relieves you of a heavy burden.
3. You will have more freedom
One of the most obvious benefits of wearing glasses instead of contact lenses is that you regain your freedom. Contact lenses bring with them a lot of planning, scheduling, and baggage. Having to carry around eye drops, lens cases, and solutions is inconvenient. It is also inconvenient to remove your contacts on a regular basis and to use rewetting drops throughout the day. What's great about eyeglasses is that they only require a small cleaning cloth and a sturdy case.
Assume you are an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys overnight camping or are planning a 14er hike in Colorado. Carrying contact lens solutions and other contact lens accessories adds weight to your load. In these situations, eyeglasses will provide you with the freedom you require. Perhaps you spend a lot of time traveling for work. The ability to take a nap on a long flight without first removing your contact lenses in a tiny, turbulent bathroom is an incredible benefit that you will undoubtedly appreciate.
4. You'll highlight your signature look
A signature look isn't just for artists, designers, and celebrities. Anyone can develop a signature look, and wearing glasses is a great way to do so. When I think of people whose signature style is defined by wearing glasses, I think of John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Jackie Kennedy, and Tina Fey. Even fictional characters like Clark Kent, Claire Underwood, and Noah Bennet have a distinct appearance that is defined by their eyeglasses.
Preppy, hipster, classic, bohemian, high-fashion, or rocker is your style? Do you have a distinct appearance? When you begin to wear glasses, you can play up and define your distinct style. Bold spectacles, for example, will take you from “meh” to “geek-chic.” Alternatively, a beautiful pair of designer frames will complement your high-fashion look.
5. You'll be able to see better at the end of a long workday
Every day, I spend a significant amount of time on my laptop. Before I switched to glasses, my contact lenses would dry out at the end of a long work day and I'd feel as if I was looking through foggy windows. My eyes would be red and tired, and they would twitch occasionally. These issues are virtually eliminated when wearing glasses.
Many people, including myself, spend hours each day on computers and mobile devices, which can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged use of these devices causes dry, watery, tired eyes, as well as blurred vision. Contact lenses exacerbate these problems.
Wearing glasses will make your eyes feel more refreshed and energized, especially if you choose modern eyeglasses with anti-reflective coatings. By reducing glare, these coatings improve comfort when using computers or other devices for extended periods of time. They reduce glare by reducing the amount of light that reflects off the surfaces of your glasses. They also improve night driving by increasing your field of vision and reaction time.
6. You will save money
Contact lenses are costly. In the United States, a yearly supply of Hydrogel contact lenses costs between $250 and $350, depending on your lens prescription. The cost of solutions and drops can add up to nearly $350 per year. When you consider that most contact lens wearers also buy a pair of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, the costs quickly add up.
The price of eyeglasses varies according to the frame, lens category, and add-ons. Nonetheless, it is important to note that many eyeglasses can be purchased online for as little as $95. Progressive lenses, complicated prescriptions, and add-ons such as photochromic lenses that darken when you go outside raise the cost of eyeglasses. However, the costs are typically lower than those associated with contact lenses. Even with all of these extras, most people who stop wearing contact lenses and start wearing glasses save money in the long run.
7. You will highlight your best qualities
With well-chosen eyeglasses, you can highlight your best features while downplaying the ones you don't like as much. Shape, detailing, color, and fit can all make or break your look.
For example, your eyes may appear droopier than you would like, or your forehead and upper-face may be narrower than you would like. Wearing glasses with cat eye frames will give your eyes a natural lift in this case. Or perhaps you have lovely blue eyes and want to draw attention to them. In this case, choosing eyeglass frames in a color that contrasts with your blue eyes, such as copper or red, will highlight your incredible eyes.
8. You will be more memorable
It's boring to look like everyone else. One of the underappreciated advantages of wearing glasses is that you will stand out in a crowd. Your distinct style will make you more memorable, which is a valuable asset in today's competitive world.
Assume you're in a job interview with ten other people. What can you do to make yourself stand out? Wearing glasses will give you a distinct, memorable look that will get you noticed.
Don't Give Up on Your Dream: "If you don't give up, you still might get what you want." This statement is often heard around campfires, in hallways, and in the lunches of youth. It's the idea that if one does not give up their dream, it still might be achievable. It's important to be in touch with your dreams, but one must also be practical in their pursuit of these dreams. It is also important to have the appropriate mindset in order to be successful. Read more.
Perspective on Life: I have a new perspective on life. It's an interesting thing, this perspective of mine. Some people might say it's a gift. I'm a lucky person. I had a gift from birth. But it had been taken from me. And I had to take it back. So it had been years since I had seen the world as it is. Since it had been so long, I wasn't sure if I could ever see it as it really is. I think some people can't appreciate how lucky they really are, until they lose everything they thought they'd had. I hope you appreciate the gift of perspective. What a gift. Read more.
Why Is It Important to Set Realistic Goals: If you set realistic goals for yourself, whether they are personal or professional, you are much more likely to achieve them. When you set realistic goals, you are setting yourself up for success by ensuring you can achieve your goal without putting too much pressure on yourself. Furthermore, unrealistic goals can lead to insufficient effort. This is because you do not try as hard to achieve them because you think you can do it easily. Make sure you are setting up your goals realistically! Read more.
How to Become a Better Conversationalist: There are a few steps to becoming a better conversationalist. In the first instance, it is important to understand what makes a good conversation. Engaging in a conversation is different from a speech or presentation. A speech or presentation involves a speaker monopolizing the talk, while a conversation involves a give and take between speakers. A good conversation involves a sequence of statements and replies. Previous statements and replies allow a new speaker to join the conversation. Read more.
Having a Bad Day: During my sophomore year of college, I had a series of unfortunate events occur. I had to put up with the antics of my roommate, who regularly kept me up late at night, and he would almost always hog most of the common space. After having to change my schedule last minute and getting a C- in the class I had to take, I came home and dealt with a loud and obnoxious party my roommate and his friends were throwing. I eventually ended up studying at the library and eventually fell asleep there, and woke up to a phone call that my roommate had left behind. Read more.
You have heard it all before: "Live life to the fullest", "follow your dreams", "be who you are" and "if it is meant to be, it will be". These are all wonderful quotes that are meant to help you live a happy life but they miss the point. Our lives are interconnected with each other and with the world.
No matter how hard you think you try, there’s always going to be a certain level of stress in your life. And when stress gets out of hand, it can start to negatively affect your life. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There are some easy steps you can take to improve your life in the long run, and we’ve found a few that can help you enjoy a better life and get rid of stress.