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Sometimes All You Need Are Your Glasses…

February 29, 2024

Phoebe McChesney ’25

Toward the end of last semester, I accidentally put my backpack on top of my glasses and managed to bend the frames out of shape. This is not a common occurrence. However, despite my best human efforts, I couldn’t return them to their original shape and knew they had been irreparably twisted. I had to choose between wearing them asymmetrically or not wearing them at all. Unfortunately, wearing them meant I was committed to a Mad-Eye Moody type of look, so I opted for a bare face and became resigned to blurry vision until winter break.

Over the winter holidays, I got an eye examination, new prescription, and was able to pick out frames. This meant saying goodbye to the same pair of glasses I had worn since my first year of college. So many memories went with them, but I had long been ready for a new style. After trying on a few pairs of round glasses similar to the ones I had been wearing, my interest traveled to aviators, an 80s look, and even clear options.

I eventually ended up going back and forth between two rectangular styles. A woman working at the store saw the first and told me rather ominously, “Those will make you look generations older. You want to look young.”

That was sort of the point. My glasses in the past have accentuated the roundness of my face, which for years have made me appear younger than I am. The rectangular frames I was puzzling over both made me look older and I figured a more mature style was fitting.

I’m actually quite happy about the ones I picked out. It took me several days to adjust to the change, but I’ve come to really enjoy it. I have also resorted back to some glasses habits from the past like scrunching my nose, pushing the bridge up, and squinting before putting them on. Everytime I do that now, I feel like that Winnie the Pooh meme as he tries to read a piece of paper. See meme here.

Along with these habits, my 20/20 vision has also been officially restored. Now I no longer need to sit at the front of classes to see the board!

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