Wearing glasses for the first time is daunting, especially when you want to wear them in public. You’ll constantly fight with your vision and make a lot of mistakes in your attempt to be a fashionable, yet functional eyegrating-enabled individual. If you’re not careful, this can result in an expensive pair of glasses that are quickly discarded and replaced by another pair that’s better suited to your needs.

In this article, I’m going to cover some tips and techniques that will help you avoid the pitfalls of first time glasses wearers. These are lessons I’ve learned through my own trial and error, as well as from my interactions with other new glasses wearers. So, if you’re about to go out and buy your first pair of glasses, or if you’re tired of the current pair that’s not working for you – here are some rules to follow that will help ensure that glasses are both fashionable and functional.

11 Rules of Glasses Etiquette & Manners

  1. Clean your glasses before you need them. This one is pretty obvious, but it’s important to make sure that you take off your glasses properly and don’t just dump them in your shirt pocket or put them on a table or anything like that.
  2. Don’t wear your guest’s glasses. A guest can bring a pair of glasses to your house, but if you’re wearing your own glasses, you shouldn’t let your guest wear them. There are always exceptions to this rule – for example, if you’re blind or if they live with you – but generally, people will take offense and think that you’re being impolite.
  3. Don’t use someone else’s prescription lenses. If someone gives you their extra pair of prescription lenses, don’t wear them unless they ask first. Not only can it be embarrassing, but it can also leave you in danger. For example, if the lenses have astigmatism correction, you could get a nasty headache or even get blinded.
  4. Don’t wear more than one pair of glasses at a time. A lot of people like to keep an extra pair of sunglasses around or maybe even an extra pair of prescription glasses for the office, but don’t wear all of them at once unless you want to look a little dorky.
  5. Don’t wear thick sunglasses indoors. If you’re wearing a pair of big, black sunglasses to the movies, feel free. They’re quite stylish (even though the quality of the lenses will be terrible). But if you’re wearing them in a restaurant or at your desk, you’ll stand out like a sore thumb and distract from everyone else.
  6. Don’t carry more than two pairs of prescription glasses with you at all times. If you have two pairs of glasses, great. Keep one at work and one in your car. That’s all you need, and if you have more than that, it’s a little weird. You can get away with three pairs of glasses if they’re prescription sunglasses – for example, a pair of black ones for indoors and another pair for outdoors, which would look good with a suit or other formal attire.
  7. Don’t put your glasses on a table while talking to someone unless you’re studying them intensely or cleaning them. If you’re talking to someone and notice that your glasses are on the table, just put them on your face instead of on the table.
  8. Don’t wear contacts when you don’t need to. I’m sure most of you know that wearing contacts is totally cool if you need them (and painful and weird if you don’t), but one other thing that’s important is not wearing them when they’re not needed. For example, if you’re not going to be around anyone who’s likely to be impressed by how nice your eyes look, don’t wear them. It looks really weird if you wear them for the sake of it.
  9. Don’t stare at people through their glasses. I know this one might sound like a strange tip, but it’s actually super important and it might just come naturally to you, but try not to stare at people through their prescription lenses when they’re wearing glasses. I know that sometimes people are really hard to see, and it’s hard not to stare at them through their glasses, but try not to. Staring through someone’s glasses is a little bit creepy, mostly because they can’t tell whether you’re actually looking at them or staring through the glasses. After you look away from a person wearing glasses, make sure that you don’t quickly sneak a peek again before looking away again.
  10. Don’t clean your lenses with your shirt. You might have seen people do this in movies, but while I’m sure there are some people who can get away with it, not everyone is comfortable with having something dirty on their lenses. Instead of putting your lenses through a wash cycle with your shirt, make sure that you only look through your glasses when you know they’re clean. You know that certain foods or drinks get stuck to your lenses over time? The same thing happens to them if you wear them for too long without looking through them.
  11. Don’t wear your glasses too loose or too tight. Correctly fitting glasses are important not only for your eyes, but also for comfort and safety. If you’re like me, you don’t wear my glasses all day every day because they can be uncomfortable after wearing them for a while. There are certain places where I’ll know I’m going to need my lenses on, and putting them on for those occasions will be easier when they’re in the right place.
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