Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Glasses vs Contact Lenses Debate and How They've Affected My Self-Esteem

DKNY eyeglasses

Ever since I was the age of 16 I've had a love/hate relationship with my eye glasses. At times my glasses have boosted my self-esteem, like when people give me compliments (mainly from other eye glass wearers), but there are other times when my glasses have affected my self-esteem in a negative way. Perhaps those of you who wear eye glasses can relate to my story.

I started wearing contact lenses out of necessity when my glasses broke during a high school basketball game that I was playing in. The moment I put on those contact lenses, a whole new world opened up to me. You see, up until then I had this idea in my head that I was a "nerd" because I wore eye glasses. Never mind that I was actually a nerd, but to have this idea in my mind that I looked like one really messed with my mind. It's interesting how this one thing affected how I felt about myself. There are many women who have that "one thing" that distorts their view of themselves. For me, wearing eye glasses was that one thing.

I continued to wear contact lenses for many years and only wore my glasses when I was at home. However, when I got older I realized that wearing glasses made me look "smart". Besides, I fell in love with these pair of DKNY eye glasses, which I've had for ten years now. They're stretched out and scratched up, but I still love them.

Glasses can add style to an outfit - especially when you want to look professional. I sometimes still go back to those thoughts of looking nerdy when I do wear glasses, though. I know it's all in my mind, but I'm learning to let go of that limiting belief. Just like any limiting belief you have about yourself, it often takes time to eliminate those thoughts.

I still choose to wear contact lenses more than eye glasses just because they're more comfortable. On the negative side, contact lenses are a little more expensive to wear than eye glasses. I can pay around $140 a year to wear contacts, whereas I paid around $120 for my eye glasses and they've lasted me 10 years. That's because my prescription hasn't changed very much. Cost does depend on where you buy contacts or glasses, though. You'll usually pay more if you buy them through your eye doctor. You can find usually get great deals on contact lenses from websites such as Get Lenses.

It's taken some time, but I've gotten to a point now where I can look at a picture of myself wearing glasses without cringing. Here's a rare picture of me wearing glasses from this past summer at Cosmoprof when I met Shannon Nelson of A Girl's Gotta Spa. Perhaps someday I'll completely get over this silly notion that I don't look as pretty when I'm wearing glasses...because like I said earlier, it is all just in my mind.


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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:03 PM

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