I got 99 problems, and having 20/20 vision would solve all of them.
I’ve had terrible eyesight for almost as long as I can remember. It started when I was a teenager, when I gradually began to get regular headaches and struggled to see the blackboard (yep, back in the Dark Ages, before those magical smartboards took over).
I quickly realised I needed to get glasses. And boy did the novelty wear off quickly.
I did eventually grow to love them (and my contact lenses), but I’ve also experienced each of these 12 universal struggles of having terrible eyesight. At least once a day…
1. The world is a whole new place with the right glasses or contact lenses.
Rejoice – the world is no longer a fuzzy blur. Signs can actually be read and glass doors will not be run into. You never realised you could actually see individual blades of grass or leaves. It’s like seeing the world in high-definition, finally.
2. People ALWAYS ask to try on your glasses.
They exclaim about how blind you are, give them back and return to normality without quite getting that THIS IS OUR LIFE. But to be fair, they are probably just a little jealous, because everyone knows wearing glasses makes you look instantly cooler.
Just as an FYI, this post is sponsored by Specsavers. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
3. Everyone points out how different you look with contact lenses in.
4. Venturing out sans visual assistance can have embarrassing results.
Oh hey friends! Nope, on closer inspection that is definitely a small tree. Eeek.
On more than one occasion you’ve awkwardly waved at a stranger thinking you’d seen your mate.
5. There’s no such thing as a spontaneous nap.
If you have accidentally slept with your contacts in then you know what true, excruciating pain is really like. And trying to lay down comfortably with glasses on? Impossible.
6. Weather events can wreak havoc on your eyesight.
Warm weather means a sweaty, oily face and that results in your glasses sliding down your nose approximately every 30 seconds. Meanwhile, rain turns your specs into a wet, foggy mess and wind turns your contact lenses into the Sahara desert.