— Am I the Only One?

20 Struggles People with Glasses Understand

When I was little, I desperately wanted glasses. Really, I wanted any kind of accessory that would make me stand out and look special, and at the time, I romanticized glasses. I wore my grandma’s huge ’80s glasses around the house, bumping into tables and walls, but I wanted my own pair. So I hoped and hoped and hoped for bad eyesight. I basically wished my way to horrible vision, because in second grade, my parents took me to the optometrist, who in fact informed me that I needed glasses.

Oh, happy day! For approximately two weeks. I picked out the coolest purple frames I could find, but I was teased mercilessly. I started hating my glasses, regretting that I ever even wanted them. I envied other kids with 20/20 vision, and begged my parents for contacts.

But I grew to love my glasses again. In high school, I picked out my first Buddy Holly frames, and from that point on, I treated shopping for glasses like I would treat shopping for a purse or new shoes. Glasses are awesome. They come in all shapes and colors, and you can mix and match based on your mood or outfit.

However, wearing glasses is not always effortless. In fact, they can be a pain. Here are 20 pesky hardships that come with owning spectacles.

1. Swimming without your glasses

You cannot swim in a pool, lake, or ocean with your glasses. Unless you are okay with breaking them, or losing them forever. You have to leave them behind on your towel and swim very, very blindly. This is especially scary when you’re in the ocean and you’re unable to detect jellyfish or an incoming wave.

2. Having to pee in the middle of the night

And subsequently tripping on clothes and stubbing our toes on books in the process.

3. Owning prescription sunglasses

When you finally get a pair of prescription sunglasses, you thank the glasses gods that such an option exists. No more brighter-than-thou sun in your eyes! You can hang out in broad daylight without cowering away like a vampire. However, now you need to transition between your outdoor and indoor glasses. Sometimes you forget your indoor glasses, so you end up wearing sunglasses inside. This makes people think you’re rude but you’re really not—you’re just blind and forgetful.

4. Putting on makeup.

You have to get REALLY up close to the mirror, and you may end up smudging it with mascara or liquid eyeliner.

5. Wearing makeup

The way you wear makeup has to be slightly adjusted when you wear glasses. Glasses essentially water down any makeup you may be wearing, so if you want to go for a bolder look, heavier eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara are needed. When I was in the 6th grade, I would have to dump buckets of glitter on my face in order for anyone to even notice I was wearing glitter. And I wanted everyone to notice I was wearing glitter, obviously.

6. Shaving in the shower

Razors and bad vision do not mix.

7. Trimming your bangs

I am so envious of people with bangs who can just trim them in the time it takes to wash their hands. In college, I had to pay my roommates in meal credits to help me trim my bangs, and it’s not like they were hairdressers. Let’s just say I went for the “shaggy” look for a while.

8. Sweaty glasses

In the summer, your glasses start slipping and sliding down the bridge of your nose because it’s hot and your face is a sweaty mess. You end up readjusting your glasses every five seconds and it drives you to the brink of insanity. If you’re at the gym, this problem intensifies, so have one hand ready at all times.

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