What I’ve Learned About Wearing Glasses Every Day for 20 Years



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I started wearing glasses about 20 years ago during my senior year in college. Throughout the years many of my classes were often held in this same one very large auditorium with stadium seating. My first year, I sat in the back row. The following year I was wondering why the professors were now using the cheaper brand of chalk and I was having a harder time reading their writing. And, each year I would move down a dozen rows until I was basically in the front row during my senior year. By then I realized that it wasn’t the crappy chalk but my deteriorating eyesight. I was nearsighted.

Ever since, eyewear has been a part of of my daily life. I’ve never tried contact lenses and haven’t had a desire to, either.

This is what I have learned about wearing eyeglasses over the past 20 years:

Own Your Look

Look to the right hand of the screen. See the “author box?” My cartoon avatar is there. Without so much as a conversation with the artist, he illustrated me and made eyewear clearly part of my signature look. Over the years I have embraced it with gusto. In past years, I went with slimmer glasses. But, now I prefer eyewear that is bolder, with larger frames. I’ve never gotten more compliments.

Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut. Instead, Experiment.

I’ve only now started to get more specs into my eyewear rotation. I was lackadaisical about getting new glasses, only getting a new pair every 5 to 8 years. BORING. Also, until very recently, prescription eyewear was a very expensive purchase, with a pair of glasses costing at least several hundred dollars. For example, prescription glasses through our sponsor start at $95 per pair. And, all of them are uber-stylish. Plus, you don’t need to get your tushie to a retail store. You can try on eyewear virtually (and, share your picture with your friends on Facebook and have them help you choose, too) and then order and purchase online. At such a good price point, I can have a few pairs in rotation for the price of what one pair cost in the past.

Everyone Needs to Get Their Eyes Checked at 40

Prior to getting my optical prescription updated for these new frames I’m wearing here, I had last visited the ophthalmologist two years ago. He surprised me by announcing that my prescription had stayed the same over the past 15 years. But since that conversation, I’ve turned 40. And virtually overnight, I found myself doing that tell-tale move where you adjust a newspaper or a book away from your eyes, to arm’s length, in order to focus them better.

I knew I needed to get my eyes rechecked and discovered that everyone, starting in their early-to-mid-40s, develops presbyopia which is the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects. It’s just a natural part of aging and continues to worsen until you’re 65. It was explained to me that during your 20s and 30s your eyes change very little, and then when you hit 40, it’s a rapid decline.

Presbyopia is corrected with nonprescription reading glasses, prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Since I already had a prescription for nearsightedness, I customized this pair of Ricky eyeglasses by Lookmatic with what’s called progressive lenses, which are basically bifocal lenses but without that line through the middle. The upper part of the lens is to help me see what’s in the distance and the lower part helps to correct for my naturally aging eyes.

The silver lining here? I’m totally giving myself permission to buy a pair of prescription sunglasses. I need it to soothe my aging ego and the optometrist told me I need to protect my eyes from sunlight. (If this is the most extravagant midlife crisis purchase I make, I think that’s pretty good.) Checkout the Marlowe sunglasses (with its fantastic price), as that’s the pair I’m coveting.

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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me, do you wear prescription glasses? If so, what have you learned? I’m a Want-To-Know-It-All.


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Photos are by my talented friend Jessica Shyba of Momma’s Gone City. Thank you, wonderful lady.

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8 Responses to “What I’ve Learned About Wearing Glasses Every Day for 20 Years”

  1. LOVE! And I have been on the hunt for new glasses, will check them out! – fellow 20 year glasses wearer, to the year!

  2. Kelcey Kintner
    Kelcey Kintner Mar 09 at 12:09 am Reply Reply

    You look so gorgeous in glasses. I can’t imagine you any other way!

  3. allison Mar 11 at 3:35 pm Reply Reply

    I have to admit that being in glasses stores always makes me think of that Jerry Seinfeld bit where he says something about how he looks at eyeglass ads and just thinks about how hot they models would be without the glasses (or something like that).I don’t agree with him, obviously, but I can’t stop myself from thinking about that quote.

  4. IlinaP Mar 11 at 9:01 pm Reply Reply

    First of all, I love that you mention chalkboards!

    I am in the market for new glasses so this post came at the perfect time.

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Mar 14 at 10:20 am Reply Reply

      fantastic. make sure to use the virtual try-on and then share on Facebook. It was helpful (and fun) to get my friends’ opinions! xo

  5. A Mar 14 at 9:18 am Reply Reply

    I just picked out new glasses this week! I’ve worn them since I was 5 and I hated them. They were big brown cokebottle things that threatened to break the bridge of my nose. I buried them in the backyard more than once.

    I tried contacts a couple of times but the first (when I was eight) were hard lenses and they HURT! The second time was for a year (I was 22) and everyone asked me why I was so sad because my eyes were permanently red and watering.

    Since then I have owned the glasses thing. The lenses can be micro-thin now which is much more comfortable and glasses have become much more stylish, an accessory like jewelry rather than purely utilitarian. Now that I have big, thick frames everyone compliments them. I do sometimes take them off for pictures or nights out, but I’m happy to be a glasses girl!

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Mar 14 at 10:23 am Reply Reply

      Me, too! I take them off for some pictures and nights out as well. But otherwise, they are so part of my identity now and I really like it. :)

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