When I was at school, around thirty years ago (yikes!) it was definitely uncool to wear glasses. Words such as dork, nerd and so forth are often associated with people in glasses, not to mention the more meaner four-eyes or specky. People like Clark Kent never really helped this image, even if he was technically Superman (after all, Superman didn’t wear glasses, just his alias!)
Over the years however, certain celebrities have definitely tried to make wearing glasses cool or at least fashionable. Let’s face it, some people consider it straight out sexy for members of the opposite sex to wear glasses! Specsavers Opticians actually run a Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. It’s not just for celebrities either, just your regular Joe can participate too! So why is it then, that some people still choose to hide the fact they wear glasses?
My mum and dad were both every day glasses wearers. My brother and sister also wore specs as kids, though neither of them are very good at remembering to wear them these days. I was always quite proud of the fact I didn’t need glasses, even though secretly I wanted to have to wear them – so that when I was in my teens I could have this beautiful reveal where I went from super nerdy to super beautiful! Even now, I don’t really need glasses though I was once given a pair of prescription glasses, to help with the headaches when I’m using my computer a lot. I’m terrible at actually remembering to wear them and honestly I feel a little self conscious in them too. It’s funny really because I’m the first to throw on a pair of glasses when it comes to dressing up.
Each person is different I guess – even my two best friends. Amy wears her glasses with pride, while Nat will wear hers if she has to (but prefers contacts) and confesses to not feeling herself when wearing glasses. My partner Chris uses both contact lenses and glasses – originally because he couldn’t wear his glasses when riding his motorbike.
I guess for people who really don’t get along with glasses, there will always be other options, such as laser eye surgery. Companies like Optical Express offer these treatments, if you’re brave enough to have them! For me personally, I don’t know how I would feel if I absolutely had to wear glasses, all of the time. A part of me feels like it shouldn’t be about vanity (though you can also look great wearing glasses) and a part of it is about the hassle of remembering to wear them. I’m not really good with hats, earrings or even my handbag – so I don’t know how I would feel about having to wear glasses day in and day out!