7 Things That Only People Who Wear Glasses Would Understand

Last Updated on May 16, 2023 by amy

Almost six out of ten people in the developed world wear glasses. This means that glasses could be stylish, but many have bad eyesight. And while the intentions behind wearing glasses could go either way, most people don’t exactly consider the problems with glasses and the inconveniences they pose. You could even say there is a whole mini-world of problems with glasses.

We can argue that the range of problems with glasses is quite large and diverse. We can’t go through every problem here, but if you do wear glasses, then you’ll understand most, if not all, of the complications listed below. You have to readjust your glasses constantly.

If there were ever “problems with glasses 101,” this would be one of the first lessons. Ever had a fly invade your headspace? Your hand goes up to your head every minute or so. One of the many burdensome problems with glasses is comparable to this fly-swatting scenario – but maybe a little less annoying.

In any case, people wearing glasses constantly have to readjust the position of their glasses because of gravitational forces pulling them down, as they do with everything else on this planet. Adjusting glasses is one of many inescapable problems with glasses; there’s a fine line between excessive and insufficient when it comes to fixing them. It sounds more like problems with priorities than problems with glasses, but it’s no joke: push it too far into the face, and it’s uncomfortable. But don’t push it enough, and it’s on the verge of falling off the face again.

If we could take all the time people spent adjusting their glasses and put it towards making them more convenient, we could probably reduce the number of problems with glasses. Still, we’ll never know because we’re too preoccupied with pushing up our glasses.

You’re annoyed when people ask if they can wear your glasses.
You might make this lesson two in “problems with glasses 101.” This is one of those problems with glasses that you might have encountered early on, and if you’ve worn glasses at a young age, you will deeply understand this one. Better yet, you might’ve contemplated why people even bother asking—many times. The fact of the matter is that people will most definitely ask if they can wear your glasses.

Why are people so fascinated by glasses? There are many more problems with glasses than they think, and it doesn’t improve anyone else’s vision except yours. Yet there’s always a strange unfounded expectation that somehow it will, kind of like the case of Peter Parker in Spiderman after the spider bites him.

As if asking to wear your glasses was not enough, when and if you decide to let someone wear them, there’s the follow-up question: “How many fingers am I holding up?” That question alone produces a whole new set of problems with glasses. For the record, we can see how many fingers you hold up when your hand is an inch from our faces.

What’s worse is when you refuse to let someone wear your glasses, and the person takes your glasses anyway. Aside from your friend inducing panic because of how roughly he handled your glasses, you now have some nice smudges all over your perfectly beautiful glasses, which you just cleaned. Maybe you shouldn’t have cleaned your glasses in front of your friend after all.

There are red marks on your nose.
Of the many problems with glasses, this is one that anyone who wears them can easily relate to. The guy who invented glasses was pretty smart—that bridge in the middle helps utilize both eyes instead of just one. Then someone in the 1700s thought that only having a bridge created more problems with glasses than solutions and said that some ear rests would make these things amazing. Can you imagine having no ear rests and just having glasses rest solely on the nose? That definitely would have added to the already numerous problems with glasses.

But let’s be real for a second. As in the last scenario, gravitational forces will still affect glasses—even with fantastic ear rests. So at times, the nose gets a lot of stress from the bridge. It doesn’t help that some of us wear glasses for long periods of time either because it can 1. Feel unpleasant, sometimes even hurt, or 2. Leave highly visible marks on our noses when we take our glasses off.

These days most frames have the nose rest fused into the rest of the frame, alleviating at least one of the problems with glasses. But some styles, particularly metal frames, still call for plastic nose pads, and these nose pads will leave those red marks. And not to make light of any problems with glasses, but the red marks are only a slight inconvenience, and anyone new to glasses will get used to them soon.

Sports and physical activities are a challenge.
Sports and physical activities are fantastic. But unfortunately for many of us, there are problems with glasses in sports and physical activities because glasses, by nature, are very fragile objects. There is just too much force from running into someone and—snap.

The other real issue is the product of sports and physical activities: sweat. And what does sweat combined with glasses mean? More problems with glasses. Sweat tends to make everything slippery. When everything is slippery, glasses are more prone to slide—or fly, depending on your activity—off the face, adding to the problems with glasses.

Simply put, we’re going to be pushing up our glasses more often than if we’re at rest, and for obvious reasons, this makes it hard to enjoy or focus on any physical activity fully.

3D movies are more burdensome than enjoyable.
Here we can say we graduated “problems with glasses 101” because this is the advanced tier of problems with glasses. Anyone wearing glasses will understand that it’s an instant sigh when someone says, “Let’s go watch the movie in 3D.” Maybe it’s because 3D movies aren’t worth the extra money, but the true inconvenience lies in the 3D glasses, particularly for anyone wearing glasses because they only create more problems with glasses. Neither the 3D glasses’ lack of functionality nor the inability to compel you that this movie is really in front of you is the problem. No, it’s a lot simpler than that.

Glasses over glasses are not the party people might think it is. Sure, it might be fun when you don’t wear glasses and don’t have to deal with other problems with glasses, but not when you normally wear glasses and have to wear an additional pair. Thankfully this is one of those problems with glasses that isn’t entirely unavoidable, but we might as well go through why this one is so deplorable.

First, there’s the fact that you have to wear two pairs of glasses as if one pair as a testament to bad eyesight wasn’t enough. Then you must ensure the crudely made and mass-produced “Real 3D” hard plastic doesn’t crush and break your prescription glasses. There’s also finding the decently comfortable position with the glasses—but is there ever one? And, of course, there’s always the need to contemplate if the 3D movie ticket was worth it and if the 3D content is even compelling, but that’s a whole other issue apart from any problems with glasses.

Rain can be difficult.
Like sports, rain isn’t necessarily the issue. However, rain can be a factor that provokes you to reconsider that there are many problems with glasses. For starters, rain is pretty inconvenient without an umbrella. It’s like driving a car with non-functioning windshield wipers: it’s hard to see. It’s possible to wipe off the water, but doing it every couple of minutes—like adjusting the position of the glasses—is troublesome. And if you don’t have the cleaning cloth or are not wearing the right fabric, it doesn’t help too much.

Yet this is perhaps one of the problems with glasses that is semi-avoidable. An umbrella will shield you from the rain, but of course, that’s based on the assumption you have an umbrella. You could stay inside and not go in the rain, but there will certainly be days when you can’t just stay inside all day.

Going to the beach comes with some trade-offs.
Picture this. It’s a beautiful summer day with clear skies and a high 90. You get to the beach, and it is packed. You first want to run into the cool dark blue Atlantic with who-knows-what swimming in there for a bit of relief from the sun beating you down. But wait. Do you take your glasses with you or leave them by the parasol and the rest of your stuff?

There’s no clear-cut remedy to the debacle, but you realize that aside from the other struggles with having glasses, the universal list of problems with glasses only grows. Finally, you come to the obvious conclusion that you must choose between two inconvenient trade-offs. First, you go in with your glasses with the ability to see clearly but risk getting salt on them, wet, and even losing them. The other would be to leave your glasses safe and clean from ocean water, but without being able to see that clearly and not being able to find your way back easily. That being said, it’s a relief that going into the water isn’t the only thing to do at the beach.

There are a lot of problems with glasses, and surely you identified with many of these issues. But even so, these are minor inconveniences at best and something we can relate to as fellow glasses-wearers. Besides, there is always the upside: we look stylish and sophisticated—and this makes up even for all our struggles.