I’ve worn glasses, full time, since I was 4 years old. Like everything in life, there are highs and lows when it comes to being a member of the bespectacled club – to a child it can feel like the worst thing in the world, especially if you have to wear an eye patch too – but as I got older, I began to develop an affinity for my specs. For the most part, I actually liked wearing them, even in my teens where I endured the classic “speccy 4 eyes” taunts throughout school.

Now that I’m in my mid-to-late twenties, I’m not afraid to say that I love wearing glasses; in fact, I don’t like having to take them off. My glasses are part of me – they’re on my face every single day and have consequently shaped the way I’ve looked for the last 23 years.

With more and more adults increasingly needing them thanks to staring at phones and computer screens all day, I thought I’d share a few things you’ll encounter as an optical newbie, and show you that wearing glasses doesn’t have to be a big deal. Do you think that Catwoman, Lieutenant Uhura, The Doctor, Captain Kirk, Spock, or Tony Stark aka Iron Man complain about wearing glasses? I DOUBT IT PEOPLE.

celebrity glasses

Strangers will ask, “Can I try them on?”
The correct response is, “NO, and if you try to take them off my face without my permission, I will punch you in the face.”

After trying them on, they’ll announce, “Wow you’re really blind.”
*Blank stare*

They might also ask, “Have you tried contact lenses/Don’t you want laser eye surgery?”
For me, the whole process of poking myself in the eye every morning (and the thought of it getting LOST INSIDE MY EYEBALL) meant contact lenses were a no-no. I also don’t fancy having lasers beamed into my eyes. Did I mention that I love wearing glasses?

The down side
Ok, so riding roller coasters can be a problem (see also: opening an oven door, swimming pools, getting punched in the face, the summer specs-to-shades swap and pretty much any form of exercise including sex ) but this is 2013 and glasses are COOL now. I detest using the term ‘geek chic’ for validation, but do you know how many people are buying frames even though they don’t need them?

The up side
You mean aside from perfect vision? No more headaches from squinting. No more hitting fluffy animals with your car. No more missing details at the movies.  

The plus side – you get to choose a pair, or two, or three…
If you’re a new specs wearer, then you’re in luck: there’s so much stylish eyewear out there these days! When I was a kid, it was Deirdre Barlow or nothing. As well as providing your basic numbers, most high street opticians now offer a designer range (Specsavers is my personal favourite – you can get 2 pairs for the price of one) or if you want to push the boat out, why not treat yourself to a more expensive pair? After all, they’re going to be on your face forever!

Designer glasses

Agent Provocateur ’55 in dark blush and gold’ from Linda Farrow £280 

Cannes ‘cream tortoise shell’ from PRISM £208 

Karen Millen ’23’ glasses from Specsavers £125 

Polo ‘2077’ glasses from My Optique £92 

Cutler and Gross ‘0869 Ink’ glasses £295 

Orla Kiely ‘VOK002 tortoise shell’ glasses £189 from Boots Opticians 

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