All the time I was at primary school it really didn't bother me that I had to wear glasses and I had no idea what an "astigmatism" was, I just knew that I had one, and only really wore my glasses for reading, writing and watching television as a small child, but as I went on to middle school aged nine, followed four years later by my entrance into the local comprehensive, I became acutely aware of the stigma attached to girls who wore glasses and rarely put them on at all for many, many years.
I dreamed of being old enough to buy and wear contact lenses and as I have always envied my younger brothers beautiful big brown eyes, I was always set upon the idea of having coloured contact lenses, I just needed a job to support the cost of contacts and I would be happy.
I finally ventured from school into the world of employment, I just never seemed to get round to sorting such matters out and then time flew by and I continued to wear glasses just for computer or close work and then before I knew it, black framed "geeky" looking glasses became all the rage a few years back and suddenly glasses were in fashion and nobody had a problem wearing them. In fact it completely upped your "cool factor" and I even had a few friends who bought glasses with clear lenses more suited to their perfect vision.
I now find myself in my late forties and in the most annoying situation of putting my glasses on when I get up in the morning and rarely taking them off! I felt particularly awful when my 11 year old son told me a few months back that a younger child at school had chanted at him "your mum wears glasses" but I was actually quite relieved, it could have been much worse and I wondered how he would have felt if the stupid little child had said your mum is fat or ugly!
In spite of that incident, I still don't remember to leave them off for the school run and even accidently got in the shower with my glasses on the other week and only realised when they started to steam up and I couldn't find the shower gel, and now the only time I find myself without them is when I am asleep or when wearing sunglasses, and I refuse point blank to get prescription sunnies, the choice just isn't good enough for a sunglasses freak like me, so I wander around all summer, getting on the wrong number bus, ignoring old school friends who wave from a distance (I usually get home to find they have deleted me from their Facebook) so I think perhaps the time is finally right to get my hands on some cheap contact lenses before the weather calls for me to put my shades on.
I wonder how many of our "style icons" actually have appalling eyesight but because they wear contacts, we would never know!
I love to think that Anna Wintour wouldn't know her Gucci from her Prada without a pair of contact lenses!
So how do you feel about contact lenses v glasses?If you have bad eyesight, do you wear a combination of both, or always stick with one or the other? Do you feel that glasses are still fashionable and enjoy adding a "geeky" edge to your outfits?
Is it cost that affects your decision whether to wear contact lenses or not?