The Magical Power of Glasses

I have had glasses since 5th grade.  Back then, I hated having to wear them, so I only wore them in class to see the blackboard.  Eventually, my vision just got worse and I didn’t really have a choice but wear them or I would be ignoring my friends’ waves of hello.  At the elementary school age,   glasses wearers are a minority.  I was too self-conscious about epitomizing the Asian stereotype of academic nerdiness.

I finally got contact lenses in high school because I argued to my parents that running 5k cross-country meets with my glasses in my hand in case a stretch of the course enters the forest with roots, rocks, and other tripping hazards was not the best.  (Ok, I managed fine without using my glasses at all, but hey, it worked).   Having rid of glasses, I felt like I underwent  this drastic transformation.   After that I lived in contact lenses for years that my glasses prescription became obsolete.

Now, my attachment to contacts has waned.  I don’t know what changed.  Maybe it was the indifference as to whether the boys in my class thought I was cute or the self-confidence of diverging from the current fashion trend I developed over time.  I actually really wanted glasses, so I got them in January.

I love wearing my glasses.  It’s funny because I have some friends who wear fake glasses for the sake of wearing glasses.  I don’t know whether to feel pride in the fact that the glasses actually help me see better or disbelief that they are jealous of me being pretty much blind.

Need proof that glasses are now the cool way to see?

Google’s Project Glass is taking glasses to a new level that only seems possible in the science fiction realm – an experience called “augmented reality.”  What is augmented reality?  Unlike virtual reality in which one’s perception of the world is replaced by an artificial, computer-generated one, augmented reality is when technology functions to enhance one’s perception of current reality.  Take a look at the video below and learn more about augmented realityin this article by howstuffworks.com.

And you thought Benjamin Franklin’s bifocals or photochromic/transition lenses were about as advanced as glasses would get, huh?

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