For most of modern history, wearing glasses was the only solution to vision problems. A game changer back in the thirteenth century, monks or scholars would balance spectacles on the bridge of their nose to read ancient scrolls. But that was 800 years ago. Times have changed, And so has technology. Advances in eye care have opened a variety of options to fix poor eyesight.
So why do 64 percent of people with poor eyesight continue wearing frames? Sure, they may have helped Superman transform into the more bookish Clark Kent, but the reality is, there are a lot of disadvantages to wearing eyeglasses.
Here are 10 reasons to ditch your glasses and how to do it.
The whole goal of corrective lenses is to alleviate strain in your eyes and prevent headaches. But it’s pretty typical to experience headaches. As your eyes adjust to new glasses, your head will probably hurt for awhile. And if your prescription is even 0.5mm off, it can cause chronic headaches. Even if everything is spot on, some people still struggle with the size of the frame, the subtle pressure on your temples, the way the nose pieces fit, or the constant obstruction from the frames in the corner of your vision from wearing your glasses all the time.
People who wear glasses use them constantly. From the moment you wake up to the moment you lay on your pillow, you need to be able to see well. But for such a necessity, these accessories are pretty fragile. At any moment they might get scratched, bent, dropped, or stepped on. While new technology is making glasses more durable, they aren’t able to withstand much roughhousing. Even anti-scratch coatings wear off after a while.
Worst of all, when they do break, it’s easy to find your entire life upended for a bit while you scramble to get into your eye doctor on short notice.
Most people get new glasses every two to three years. Between changing prescriptions, changing styles and trends, and with the likelihood of them getting broken (see reason 9) or lost, glasses are not a one-time purchase. The average price for glasses is $196, but designer frames can cost more than $500. And when you consider that most people own more than one pair of glasses, and prescription sunglasses as well, your eye care bill can start to get pretty pricey.
Did you know the average American wastes 55 minutes a day looking for things they own but can’t find? Which averages out to 12 days a year! For those who wear glasses, it’s a constant battle to remember where you last put them.
Going to the beach isn’t quite a picnic when you have to think about your glasses. You either spend your time hoping they won’t fall off with a wave or you worrying they’ll get stepped on while you opt for a fuzzy view of the ocean. And don’t even get started about sand. All it takes is a light sea breeze to see your lenses absolutely peppered with tiny, lens-scratching grains. How about showering? It’s a headache without your glasses on. Trying to get clean with them on isn’t an option, so you resort to making guesses with the blurry shapes, hoping you aren’t mixing up the shampoo and conditioner bottle. You could get a pair of prescription goggles for both showering and swimming, but that’s just another added expense.
Besides the fact that wearing glasses while playing a sport is asking for them to get broken, it turns out spectacles can actually inhibit your athletic abilities. Glasses can affect your depth perception and peripheral vision, both sensory cues needed to play well. It can become a lot more challenging to see your opponent from the corner of your eye or judge the distance and speed of an incoming ball.
Depending on how lenses are designed or how old they are, you might need to constantly adjust and fix loose screws, misaligned nose pieces, or lenses that keep popping out. And there’s nothing more annoying than smudged glasses. They make everything less crisp and vibrant and give an impression of sloppiness. New anti-glare technology on glasses may keep the reflection off from bright lights, but the film actually makes them even more tricky to keep clean. Oftentimes it seems like even with glasses, you’re just trading in one type of blurry vision for another. Plus, you have to consider lens cloths and wipes, cleaning solution, carrying cases and more. Eyeglass maintenance can be just as costly as the frames themselves over time.
Multiple times a day, bespectacled people feel annoyed by their glasses. Coming in from a cold day, checking on the soup simmering on the stove or even taking a sip of coffee causes temporary blindness as steam fogs their glasses. And with the COVID-19 pandemic has come even more challenges for eyeglass wearers such as how to choose a mask that sits comfortably with your glasses and how to prevent mask fog. Laying down to take a nap or leaning in to kiss a loved one causes the frames to smash into your face uncomfortably. Call them minor annoyances, but they add up over time to be quite inconvenient.
It’s an ongoing debate: Should you buy the expensive prescription sunglasses or transition lenses? Try to pull off the awkward double glasses look, wearing your glasses with sunglasses over top? Or do you just resign to constant squinting, foregoing the sunglasses altogether and possibly risking further eye health complications down the road like a pterygium? It makes going outside, daytime driving, or going to the beach a complicated situation, rather than the enjoyable activity it should be.
Whether you suffer from problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or have astigmatism, glasses don’t actually fix your eyesight. They compensate for the way light is being refracted in your eyes. Because glasses and contact lenses are an outside technology, it doesn’t actually solve the root issue with your vision. Chances are you not only will have to wear glasses for the rest of your life, but your eyesight will continue to worsen over time.
All of this begs the question--is there a better alternative?
LASIK eye surgery is the best solution, eliminating these annoyances and flaws with glasses. Technology has come a long way in improving problems with vision.
Grene Laser has helped thousands of people across Kansas make the switch from glasses! Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced laser eye surgeons to learn more.
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