I'm wearing glasses today because my eyes have been ridiculously sore recently (long story short: they've been red and watery since Friday, with some improvement over the weekend until Monday night). My mental image of myself is sans glasses; when I look in the mirror, I'm always quite startled at how I look when I'm wearing them. And since I'm unused to wearing them at work (just as, three years ago, I was unused to wearing them in class), when I leave the apartment, or when I'm out in public in general, I feel like I forgot to get dressed or something.
I hate wearing glasses. I'm not suggesting that everyone in the whole world or in all of history also hates/ed wearing glasses, or that they SHOULD hate them. I, personally, myself, hate wearing glasses. I just don't like to wear them. There's nothing about them that could be fixed and then I'd magically like wearing them.
But I have to wear them. I can't wear contacts ALL the time, and when my eyes are in rough shape, I can't wear them regularly at all. I don't have the money for LASIK. Glasses are a necessity. If I can't find them, I'm frantic. Again, I hate them. I do. But I rely on them.
My contact lens perscriptions are -7 in my left eye and -8 in my right (lenses at these powers don't come in quarter sizes, so when I needed something stronger than -6.5 but weaker than -7, there were no options); I don't know my glasses perscription because it's somewhere in my closet where I stuck it without looking in it. I wear my glasses for important things (like work or driving) so infrequently that it is a waste of money for me to update them regularly. My old ophthalmologist insisted that if I updated my glasses, I would wear them more often (he only wanted me wearing my lenses for 10 hours a day--that's never going to happen). I kept trying to explain that I already knew from past experience that that was not and never would be the case. Like I said, I don't like wearing my glasses, and it's not something that's going to get fixed.
If you've never worn contacts, or you're just not sure what -7 and -8 mean in terms of my vision, it means that my vision is crap. I've only met two people in my life who are not legally blind, but have similarly bad vision. That's not to imply that the next step for my vision, if it were to get worse, would be legal blindness, but to make it clear that there are people with worse vision than I have, but their vision can't be corrected with lenses, and that I've yet to meet someone with worse vision who isn't legally blind. I often can't see people's faces when I'm not wearing corrective lenses, and I'm usually unable to read the big E on the vision charts. I have to wear a watch to bed because I can't always read the time on my alarm clock. When I played flute regularly, I couldn't wear glasses to rehearsals because I couldn't see the baton using peripheral vision (which made for some crappy playing on my part during our wind ensemble tour, when I had conjunctivitis).
So, you know what annoys the crap out of me? People who don't need to wear glasses (meaning perfect vision; I know people who don't always NEED to wear glasses, but prefer to because it's easier than taking them on and off situationally) who wear glasses as a fashion statement.
That's not to say that fashionable glasses are stupid. I'd like to be able to see without having to wear really stupid-looking frames. But when people who don't need glasses wear fake ones, I find it upsetting.
As common as shitty vision is, it's still a type of disability. I'm not legally blind, but what if I were? If my vision couldn't be corrected, and it was always like it is now when I don't wear lenses, I wouldn't be able to drive. I wouldn't be able to work in this lab, or this field. I'd have to hold reading materials so close to my face in order to read them that I'd go cross-eyed (I just tested this out, by the way; it's unpleasant). I could use my computer, since I've VERY occasionally used it sans-lenses, but I would only be able to use it for a short period of time, and I probably wouldn't rely on it for anything.
I'm grateful that I'm able to function normally even though my vision is rotten without any sort of treatment. I am. But glasses are part of my disability. It bothers me when people use them as a fashion statement, without any connection to the purpose of glasses or the problems that require them.
Anyway, it just really bothers me. About as much as it bothers me when I have to wear glasses, like now. Uuugh.