Tuesday, 18 October 2016

12 Struggles Only Those Who Wear Glasses Understand

So I have been wearing prescription glasses since 2002, and it's been a journey! There is the good, the bad and the just so annoying moments of wearing prescription glasses. 

And I have come to develop a special love for those who wear glasses because I understand their pain. They are the strongest set of people. Lol. 

The Struggles Of Wearing Glasses


Let me start by saying Twitter is currently my favourite Social media platform. It gives me freedom to be cool and crazy as I please. I drop it like it's hot when I'm there. And I am one of the few people who take that outlet seriously. I mean, I don't just tweet for the sake of tweeting. I tweet to connect, to share and to inspire.

Based on this fact, I don't take my followers for granted. Each of you (I believe you're following me already. Yeah?) is a part of my success story. Yelx.

On one of those days I was connecting, sharing and inspiring on Twitterville, one of my followers posted this:


And another seconded:


Then it dawned on me to change my glasses. Even though I have always known I had to do something about that frame, I procrastinated.

Thanks to Kolade and Doris. They gave me the push. So I visited an optician few days ago!

Anyways, that's not the main point to this post. I want to share the awkward moments that those of us who wear glasses go through. It is not funny but funny.

1. When people want to try on your glasses and then say “wow, you’re really blind”.

Thank you. Can I just have my glasses back?

2. When people try on your glasses and say, "Oh my god! I'm going to go blind!!!"

I'm pretty sure bad vision isn't contagious. Keep mocking me, OK? 

3. When your glasses constantly slide down your nose, if you don't have nose pads.

4. When you're always debating whether or not to take pictures with your glasses on.

Should you or should you not. This is my biggest struggle. I showcased the struggle in this post.

5. When you have to be extra vigilant if the weather changes.

If it's raining, you have to protect your glasses or else you have to deal with cleaning them again and again.

6. When you are intimately familiar with this backhanded compliment: "You're so pretty without your glasses!"

I know right, thanks. Can we move on?

7. When you feel like you're not "sexy" or not reaching your full potential by wearing your glasses.

You know you're beautiful but society make you feel otherwise.


Mehn, how I struggle during a presentation without my glasses on. Poor me. :(

8. When your favourite frame gets broken, and you're left with the one you hate.


Did you know I started the year with three frames? And by the time I was drafting this post, I had only one left. It can be that bad.

9. When you really really want to wear sunglasses but your eyes want their glasses and your pocket isn't smiling.

You have 3 options. Option 1: Forgo sunglasses so you can see, but expect to squint in the sun's mighty rays. Option 2: Wear sunglasses, but avoid doing any activity that requires vision. Option 3: Spend a large sum of money for prescription sunnies that you'll wear maybe three months of the year.

10. When you want to clean your lens with your shirt/top, and wondering whether anyone is looking

You didn't come with a handkerchief. Duh!

11. When picking out new glasses is stressful.

1,2 or 3?

Choosing the perfect pair is so important because the frames you pick will absolutely define your personality until you get your next pair of glasses. In an ideal world, you'd have dozens of pairs in different colours, shapes, and styles to suit your ever-changing mood and look, but in reality, glasses can be expensive and more often than not you're limited to just one or two pairs at a time, so you want to make sure the ones you get are as flattering as possible.

12. I absolutely can't mention everything. What about being nicknamed "Oju igo" (Yoruba word for "extra eyes")? What about when you want to kiss (holy kiss. Lol) and don't know if taking off the glasses would create a wrong impression? What about when you can't find your glasses because you are not wearing the glasses you would have used to find them? What about when your friend asks "did you see that?" and you're like "I am not with my glasses" which makes you feel like you'd missed a lifetime there?

The struggle is real. Phew.

P. S I got myself two pairs of new glasses. Would probably show you on next Sunday's What-I-Wore post.

Do you wear glasses? Feel free to talk about your struggles. (let's laugh).


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