7 Times All Us Four-Eyes Can Empathize With

7 Times All Us Four-Eyes Can Empathize With

Because Glasses are Hard, and I'm proud to be a "Four-Eyes"

For those of us without 20/20 vision, the ability to afford contacts or poke them in our eye or get expensive laser eye surgery, we have glasses. Glasses can be great for accessorizing and for being able to legally drive, but there are some less than glamorous problems that come with having four eyes instead of two.

1. Velma Dinkley Moments

Every glasses owner has had their fair share of Velma Dinkley moments. One such moment inspired me to write this article. I had just woken up and was looking for my glasses, and it took me a solid three minutes to locate them. They ended up having slid down to the middle of my bed in the night. Probably a familiar tale to my bespectacled friends.

2. Glasses Sliding Down Your Nose

Nobody has time to go out to the optometrist every time they need a tune up for their specs, so naturally they tend to travel down the nose at varying times throughout the day. You could get plastic lenses with nose pads already built in, but the plastic would be way too abrasive.

3. Glasses Getting Tangled in Your Hair

Do you ever go to clean your lenses and take a couple of strands along for the ride? I have, and it never fails to almost (or actually) make me curse like a sailor. That's what I get for wanting carved out waves on the sides.

4. Fog and Sweat

Hot beverages, humidity of any kind, scarves, intimacy, sitting in a window seat, sitting under a heat source, in a car in the summer, and in the house after coming in from the cold. These are all instances of when glasses fog or nose sweat can occur. It is laughable to our friends but annoying to the wearer.

5. People Asking to Try Them On

People always want to try on your glasses, even after you warn them about the adverse health effects it could cause to their own vision. It's cool in the moment figuring out how blind I am, but your curiosity could severely damage your eyes and earn you a one way trip to Visionworks. Of course this effect would only take place over time.

6. Teasing Due to Stigmas

Whether it be making fun of the size of your glasses or how stupid they look, most of us have experienced some form of teasing or bullying because of wearing glasses. We've been called all variations of the word nerd, and asked if NASA made our lenses.

7. Cost, Cost, Cost!

A good pair of lenses can cost you a whole student loan payment, and we all know those can be a gouge. That's when were thankful for vision insurance and all the sales optometrists have.

Despite all these problems I personally love my glasses and dread the day my eyes get bad enough for laser eye surgery. I hate how my face looks without them, and make up is not my strong suit. Plus surgery sucks hockey pucks. I hope you enjoyed this list, and that you'll share it to all your glasses wearing guys and gals.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Ladies, You Don't Have To Dress Up For Class

Whoever says you do is just mad that they spent two hours getting ready for a 50 minute class.


I couldn't help but notice a stream of articles saying women HAVE to 'dress up' for class. I'm here to say you don't. Why should you have to dress up for class when your schedule is filled to the brim with papers and extracurriculars and five classes that you need to study for. It is incredibly easy to throw on leggings, a t-shirt, and sneakers.

Anyone who says that jeans are more comfortable than leggings are LYING to themselves. That also goes for heels vs. sneakers. If I'm going to be sitting in one spot for an extended period of time, I want to be comfortable. I don't want to be in jeans and necklaces and a gazillion annoying bracelets when I could be in shorts and a t-shirt.

Some girls really like dressing up for class, and that is great for them. But it's not great when women start hating on other women for looking comfortable in class. Give it up Becky, you're just mad that I spent 20 minutes getting ready and you spent 120. Chad from theta beta zeta phi is probably taking notes from the slides, not on which girls are dressing up.

Some people will say that dressing up for class prepares you for the 'real world.' This is the real world. College is the real world. I'll look nice for my future job when I get to my future job. Wearing t-shirts and leggings a couple days a week while I'm in college has ZERO effect on my future job. Listening in class does. And guess what, I can't listen if I'm tired because I spent 4 1/2 hours getting ready!!! (Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but come on people.)

I'll wear what I want to wear. You can wear whatever you want to wear. I'll compliment your shirt, you'll compliment my sneakers, and we will both continue on happily doing our own thing.

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