I’ve been wearing glasses since the tender age of seven, back when Spice Girls were still a thing and dial-up internet ruled. I’ve worn them every single day since that fateful day and I’ve never really resented them. In fact, I’ve always liked wearing glasses, despite the times that they’ve gotten in the way during a soccer game or that one time when one of the legs broke off (Krazy Glue only goes so far, y’all). They’re essentially a part of my identity, honestly, and I’m cool with it. Lately I’ve considered investing in contacts, just in case, but for the most part I think I look pretty rad with glasses. Hot even. Yes, a four-eyed hottie.
But as much as my glasses are second nature to me, they seem to fascinate and perplex other people. From clueless questions to some straight up rude comments, here are 7 things you should never say to someone who wears glasses…ever.
“You look so pretty without your glasses!”
Nope, never say this crap. I get that you meant well but I’m just going to interpret that as, “You look a lot less pretty when you wear glasses, ew.” I don’t care if it’s supposed to be a compliment, it’ll still make me think that you see me as a troll 90 percent of the time.
“Wait, can you read that sign? How many fingers am I holding up?”
Newsflash: The following is an unrealistic portrayal of most glasses wearers:
Listen, I’m near-sighted which means that I can see up close but not far away. If you’re legit standing right in front of me, I can see how many fingers you’re holding up. Even if you’re a few feet away I can see how many fingers you’re holding up because I’m not blind.
I probably can’t make out that sign though, honestly.
“Are those real prescriptions or are you just wearing them because glasses are in?”
Yes, they’re real glasses that cost real money and do very real things for my vision, thanks.
“You’re hiding your face behind those frames!”
“Can I try them on?”
So you can get your nasty little fingers on the lenses I just cleaned with my microfiber cloth? Naw, dude.
(But I let them anyway.)
“Whoa! Weird! How do you see with these things?”
Um, with my crappy eyes?
“Guys will probably approach you more if you don’t wear your glasses!”
This is me giving a damn.
If someone is going to be attracted to me without my glasses they better be attracted to me with my glasses, too. It’s a package deal, ya know?
Do you wear glasses and have to put up with this crap on the regular? What’s the worst thing someone ever said about your glasses? Tell us in the comments!