It is medically necessary for me to wear corrective lenses. I prefer contacts, but sometimes I wear my glasses instead. I used to always hear something like, “Oh I didn’t know you wore glasses! They look nice.”
First, I do not wear glasses because I usually wear contact lenses. So, really that statement makes no sense.
Second, once people, usually those who have no need of them, find out I need corrective lenses, it seems as if they cannot fathom why. “Is your eyesight REALLY that bad?” Yes. It really is. I am like a bat. If I were to navigate the world with no corrective lenses, I would need to develop sonar. I cannot see clearly for more than about a foot in front of my own face .
This leads to trying my glasses on. I can safely say that putting on my glasses when you do not need corrective lenses is pretty equivalent to what I see when I DO NOT have them on or have my contacts in. I know this because I have put my contacts in and then put my glasses on to see what it is like. It is not a good idea – really hurts my eyes, but it gives people a good idea of what I see with no corrective lenses.
I’m sorry….who are you? I can’t really see your face.
So, to navigate without corrective lenses would really put a strain on my eyes. I would not be able to read road signs, or see the television, or look at a computer from a comfortable distance. I also would not be able to see stoplights or stop signs, other cars, or pedestrians, until it is too late. This would also really hinder my Burnout-like driving on the way to work. And I would really hate that.
Gee….I really hope no one is crossing the street right now.