The biggest benefit of wearing glasses is obviously being able to see better. I've worn them since I was 4 years old, so I never had the problem of transitioning into them and feeling self-conscious about it. They've been part of my routine for pretty much my whole life. But it does come with a few struggles.

Eric Stone
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    The Sun

    We all look forward to the bright, beautiful sunshine but spending too much time exposed to it without proper protection damages your skin...and your eyes. It's doubly difficult for eyeglass wearers. If you're lucky, you have a light prescription and can switch between glasses and shades without much effect. But with me, glasses are a more permanent part of my life so when it comes to sunglasses, the options are limited. I can try to look for clip-ons, which is a difficult task if you have weirdly shaped frames, plus they don't look the best. You can spring for the transitions lenses that adjust automatically to whatever light you're in, but they add extra cost and have mixed reviews to their effectiveness. Otherwise. you're left to squint or buy a hat. I found a cheap pair of prescription shades through an online site. They're not exactly a perfect match to my prescription (I bought them online) but they are the best option I've found.

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    Adjusting Them

    I'm sure my friends and co-workers have seen me constantly adjusting my glasses but are too polite to point out my terrible habit--chewing on them is another bad habit altogether. I'm somewhat convinced I have mis-aligned ears and blaming this struggle on that, because even professional adjustments never seem to get them to fit adequately.

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    Losing Them

    Again, my glasses are such a permanent fixture that I'm rarely able to take them off. But if you lose them, it can be frustrating. Springing for the 2-for-1 pair deals if you can afford it (speaking from experience, it's never exactly 2-for-1) is always a good idea, especially when, heaven forbid you sit or lay down where you lost them. CRUNCH. Very big problem without a spare pair, unless you enjoy that goofy taped-up or glued-together look as a temporary fix.

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    Appearance

    The older you get, the less looks matter (theoretically). And even though frame options have gotten a lot more stylish over the years, it can still be an agonizing endeavor to pick the perfect looking pair of glasses for your face and for your money. I've heard it suggested that people with a more "round" shaped face should go with oval or geometric shaped frames (it works for me!) and those with square or oval shaped faces should go with round frames.

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    "Have You Ever Considered Contacts/Laser Surgery?"

    Certainly, most people who ask this question mean well. But I see a few disadvantages with switching to contacts. I've worn glasses for so long, the adjustment period might be overwhelming. Learning to take them out and put them back in without poking my eyes out (or worse) daily would take some getting used to. Finally, and I know this is a ridiculous concern, but I worry they might not even make contacts strong enough for my prescription. As far as laser surgery is concerned, the cost alone rules it out for me. Not to mention the potential complications.