1. Hi Laurie, I wear glasses mostly to correct glare. I have transition lenses. I don’t think they look so good and I often feel hidden but I just can’t stand the glare. I can’t tolerate a lower rim either so I can’t wear the chunky cool ones. I have to just wear what is comfy and be happy with my sensitive self!

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennie, Sounds like we have similar challenges. I also want to wear those cool chunky glasses (a la Tina Fey), but because my lenses are like coke bottles, I don’t think I can. Oh well, as you said, we must be happy with who we are.

  2. I’ve worn glasses forever and prefer them to contacts. But last year I was out walking with a friend when they fogged up. I took them off and stuck them over the collar of my shirt. After I got home (I see good enough without them that I didn’t miss them) I realized they were gone. Frantic, I rushed back to where we’d walked and we searched for them. We finally found them squashed flat – they’d fallen in the road and been run over by a car. We live in a town that redefines the word “tiny” so it was several days before I was able to get an appointment in the bigger town closest to us and it was miserable! While I was fine to function around the house, everything I tried to read was fuzzy. I’m much more careful with my glasses after that experience.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, Funny, the things we take for granted. I still misplace my glasses all the time, but definitely treat them with more care than I did before. I realized I need them more than I want to admit.

  3. I love my glasses actually…but now they aren’t working..I need cataract surgery in both eyes and have been putting it off…I can’t any longer….if I want to see.

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, Everyone who has had cataract surgery said the results were awesome, they wish they did it sooner. However, I understand your hesitation. Eye surgery is not a fun prospect.

  4. Hi Laurie! Yes…I think sometimes we forget that we are fortunate to be able to buy and HAVE glasses. It’s so easy to “wish” things were the way they were before rather than appreciate what we do have today. I think your “reminder”was a great thing for you. Thanks for sharing it. ~Kathy

    • Laurie Stone

      Kathy, You’re right about being able to have glasses. For many poor cultures, they are a luxury. I can’t imagine life without eyesight correction. Great point.

  5. I’m fortunate in that I only need glasses for reading. But in the past year, that need has become more constant, hence I’m building up quite a collection of readers, strategically placed here, there and everywhere (desk, bedside, den, purse, glove compartment) to reduce the risk of forgetting where I placed them if I only had a single pair. Something as simple as reading the directions on a bottle of OTC allergy medication, or email on my phone, is now impossible without glasses. It’s hardly the worst problem in the world to have, but it’s sure a reminder that my eyes (along with the rest of me) are getting older. Sigh…

    • Laurie Stone

      Roxanne, On the rare days I wear contacts now, I have readers everywhere (which I need on top of my contacts). I also have regular glasses, readers that are also sunglasses, transition lenses (which must be worn with sunglasses over them in the car). The list goes on. Eyesight becomes complicated as we get older.

  6. I had to start wearing them about two years ago and I couldn’t wear contacts. I hate having to wear them, but I love to see more so they’re on my face 24/7. I often forget to take them off in the shower or go to sleep with them on. You get used to them…dentures now that’s another story.

  7. I had to give up my contacts for good about 6 years ago. I could not get them off my eyeballs and then my panic would make the situations worse. I now wear my glasses which are bifocals all the time. The good news is that frames hide a plethora of sins like bags and no eye make. I buy at least one new pair yearly from Zenni Optical because they are very affordable. I can have fashionable glasses like an accessory.

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, I like “glasses as fashion accessory.” Sometimes I watch “Soul Sunday” with Oprah Winfrey. I notice she always wears glasses that match her outfit. Interesting strategy. Its nice to have a pair or two that match outfit and mood!

  8. Marci Carson

    Hi Laurie,
    I have been wearing contacts since 13. I started wearing glasses in 4 th grade. Never liked them, It really bothered me having something on my face.
    I just turned 60, I still am able to wear my soft lenses. I have a mono vision prescription, one contact is for reading and one is for distance, somehow the brain adapts. This way I do not need reading glasses.
    I have a pair of glasses that I put on at night and put away in the morning. I do have to put my makeup on before I put in my contacts. The mono vision does not work for putting on makeup!
    I have the beginnings of cataracts, I am hoping I can hold off wearing glasses all the time until I have cataract surgery. Most people find they don’t need glasses anymore after the surgery( my Mom didn’t). You will need reading glasses though.
    I am so nearsighted, if I don’t put my glasses on my nightstand in the same place, I can’t find them. That’s when Hubby comes to the rescue.
    So, so far so good on my quest to avoid glasses full time. I enjoy your blog so much. Keep on writing!!!

    • Laurie Stone

      Marci, Thanks for the kind words. Wow, you and I live in parallel universes. I also just turned 60 and started wearing glasses in 4th grade. Sounds like you’re doing a good job, staving off the need for full-time glasses. I’ve also heard after cataract surgery, vision is better. Let’s hope!

  9. I get it! I have developed ocular rosacea (and it feels exactly as you describe your eyes do). Before the docs figured it out, I could not wear my contacts at all. The stinging/burning/sandpaper feel was too much. And while I don’t mind wearing glasses by choice, when it’s foisted upon you by necessity–well, it makes you feel old! Just know you have a compadre out here sporting bright purple frames (hey, if I need to wear them, they may as well be a happy color).

    • Laurie Stone

      Kristine, I love the purple frame idea. In fact, on my to-do list is to buy a more funky, fun pair. Glad I’m not the only one going through this.

  10. I’ve been wondering what I’ll do when I can’t see well enough to put eye-make up on. I’ll either go without I guess, or tell someone to let me know before I go out looking like Bette Davis.

  11. I’ve been fortunate to need only readers, and that only began occurring a few years ago. In the past year or so, however, that need has become almost constant. It’s humbling, frustrating, even maddening sometimes (where in HELL are my glasses??!!). And like someone else mentioned, they’re invariably right on top of my head. I’ve also started strategically placing extra pairs all over the house, just in case…

    • Laurie Stone

      Roxanne, I have one pair of prescription lenses, which is crazy. I’m always misplacing them, which is foolhardy, considering how important they are. You’re lucky to only need readers!

  12. Except for about 7 years in the 80’s, I’ve worn glasses since I was 8. I have extremely dry eyes and was wearing extended wear contacts on a daily basis. Then I started working at in a building which was extremely dry. The door would close behind me and I could feel the moisture being sucked out of my eyes as I walked to my desk. I went back to glasses and have never strayed back I now have a purple pair and a turquoise pair and interchange them whenever I feel like it. I am willing to spend hundreds on my frames in order to get something that I really like after all, I wear them more than any one piece of clothing item in my closet.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I want to look into funkier frames. I have the same boring wire ones, which sort of disappear, but I’d like to be more fashionable. I know what you mean about dry air. That’s the worst.

  13. I’ve never liked contact lenses, so I have always been dependent on my eye glasses, especially since I turned 40 ( YEARS ago) and discovered I needed bifocals…the realities of aging can be harsh. So I am always very keen on knowing where my glasses are, but its not full proof. Several times I was in a panic looking for my glasses. When that happens they are usually in one of two places ( in the bathroom, or …on my head)! Like I said…the realities of aging can be harsh! 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Darlene, I’m always looking for my glasses, which is crazy, considering I can’t see without them. Glad I’m not the only one!

  14. I love your candid take on the need for glasses, Laurie! In my mid-40s I started wearing readers, but couldn’t bear to wear them while singing in our choir for fear of looking like an old lady peering over my readers while singing. I can wear a monovision contact for that and for when I am teaching (fearing the same). When I discovered sunglass readers I was in heaven until I needed a prescription for transition lenses. Got tired of taking off the sunglass readers to walk into the store and digging out my regular readers to look at labels. My eye doc said my once eagle eyes needed a bump in distance to 20/25 (from 20/16),,,oh the horror! When I got my new lenses I could see further away! I joked with my hubby as we sat in the back of church that I could now see our pastor’s eyes 🙂 Now I don’t have to wear eye-makeup to run to the store–just throw on my glasses and done! Thanks for writing such a great post on this.

    • Laurie Stone

      Terri, Thanks for the kind words. Yes, we sound like we live in parallel universes. I also have multiple glasses for different functions — readers, reader sunglasses, regular glasses, transition lenses. The list goes on and on…

  15. Oh my gosh, Laurie! Too funny, yet I feel your pain! I’ve been battling with my contacts for over a year now. Not because they don’t feel good, it’s just, I can’t read my cellphone with them in! I’ve been trying out these multi-focal contacts which are cool, but I just can’t see as far now. I can’t win! The only time I’m comfy is when I wear my glasses, and like you, I take them off as soon as I can. My eyes are getting older and I’m really not digging the alternatives. 🙂


    • Laurie Stone

      Bren, Its hard when our eyes start aging. I actually read best with nothing in my eyes, even though I’m blind as a bat with distance. Go figure. Sounds like we have similar problems.

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