My good Canadian friend Paul talked about his experience getting new glasses last month, and in that same post, we realized that our friendship is in shambles. I had no clue he wore glasses, and he thought I wore mine semi-regularly. We cleared things up and are working on getting our friendship back on track.
Since then, I’ve been super self-aware of my glasses and when I wear them. Here’s a short background on how I got glasses and why: I got them in high school because I was taking an American Literature class (that still haunts me to this day) and the text in the book was wicked small and I was starting to get headaches from reading it. (Well, that and the pieces were incredibly boring.) I have like the lowest prescription available, just enough to take the edge off straining my eyes. Since high school, I think I’ve had about four different pairs of glasses, but the same low prescription. I like the style of the ones I have now, and I got them ~two years ago.
Most people don’t know that I have them, and I guess it’s deceiving when I wear them in pictures because it makes people think I wear glasses more than I do. I wear them for computer work and reading, which has always been the case, but lately, I’ve realized I can’t read words on the TV screen.
That might sound a little dramatic. I can read words on the screen or the TV guide, but they’re fuzzy. I feel like I have to try really hard to see what’s on at 8:00 p.m. or what the latest SVU is about. So I’ve also started wearing my glasses to watch TV. I feel like it’s a small step toward eventually needing glasses 24/7, like both of my parents.
I used to wear my glasses during classes to read the board or PowerPoint because it made the words a little sharper. We had a presentation at work a few weeks ago, and the presenter was using a big TV on the wall to show the PowerPoint. I had to wear my glasses then to make it easier to read. (This was also an 8:30 a.m. meeting that I went to because I heard there would be donuts. There were. And I did learn a few things from the presentation, too, so.)
I’m on my own insurance now at age 24—pro and con of having a job with good benefits—and since I now have to wear my glasses to watch TV, I probably should figure out what my insurance covers for eye care and make an appointment. My parents and I normally go to Target Optical, and I’ve been ignoring the “We haven’t seen you in a while!” cards I get in the mail once a year. I figure that since I don’t need glasses to physically see, then I don’t have to go every year. But this might be the year I should go.
Moral of the story: I should wear my glasses more than I do, and I’m really bad about doing so. I think one of my issues is how smudgy they can get and that makes me not want to wear them, but I have a whole box of eyeglass wipes from Costco in my desk drawer, so it’s not like I have a valid excuse.
How do you make yourself get into a habit of something? Any ideas of how I can trick myself into wearing my glasses?