6 Truly Obnoxious Side Effects Of Wearing Glasses



1. Slipping off

After a period of time, your glasses can become loose. The solution generally is to screw them tighter, but if you don't get around to doing that, any time your head even tilts downward, they start to go. Even if they are tight enough, there's still a good chance they could take a tumble. Or people could just knock them off if they’re careless about their flailing limbs. If you decide to strap them to your head then you look kind of weird.

2. The Obvious Not Being Able To See Well!

This seems like a given, and not for no reason! It's always a problem. Especially when you've misplaced your glasses, but you need glasses to see where your glasses are. Or if it's raining, the lenses keep getting blurred. Or if you're in a situation where maybe you elect not to wear your glasses, like performing in a show or a sport, but that also compromises your ability to get around, depending on what kind of bad vision you have.

3. The Sun

Oh, how it glares. Want to protect yourself from its powerful rays? Good luck. You either have to shell out money to invest in a prescription pair (and then annoy yourself switching them back and forth), or you have your one pair made as transition lenses, which are expensive and don’t totally work well all the time. Meanwhile normal people can grab a pair for a couple of bucks. They just don’t know how good they’ve got it.

4. People Acting Like They Don’t Understand Glasses

Yes, they do ask to try them on or simply snatch them off you. Yes, some folks do ask how many fingers they're holding up. It's been done a thousand times. It's tiring. Glasses aren't that profound.

5. Makeup Is A Giant Pain

For several reasons. One, you have to take glasses off to apply makeup. But once they're off, you can't see that well, and you really need to see what you're doing when it comes to finer makeup like eyeliner and lipstick. It’s not hard to end up a sloppy mess with poor vision. And you can only get so close to a mirror before your makeup tubes and whatnot start hitting the glass. Either way, you can never properly see what you're doing.

Two, after all the struggle of making yourself up, you slap the glasses on and the makeup is hard to see. Nobody can appreciate the work you've done because it's hiding behind those big frames and lenses. Unless you choose to not wear glasses and show off your makeup, in which case, you are also blind.

Three, the likelihood is also that your makeup will smudge onto your lenses. Any makeup on your nose gets messed up, and forget fake eyelashes and mascara. You'll get splotches and constantly be wiping them off, not that they cooperate in being wiped off.

6. Being Photographed

Especially professionally (school pictures, permit or license, passport, etc.). The lights always glint in your lenses and ruin your appearance. Most people elect to remove them for the picture.

Honorable mentions:

  • When you lie on your side to watch TV or nap and they go crooked.

  • 3D glasses on top of your regular glasses.

  • Your prescription changes every few years so that’s another trip to the eye doctor and another set of lenses.

  • When you have to peek through the eyehole on a camera.

  • Fogging up with temperature changes or hot drinks.

This post originally appeared on Odyssey.