Cathy Chester | An Empowered Spirit

My Story: Life Through A Lens Or How I Finally Made Peace With My Glasses (Includes My First VIDEO)

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My journey of wearing glasses began a long time ago. “Let’s start at the very beginning.  A very good place to start.”  

(Don’t judge me too harshly. This was my first video for An Empowered Spirit.  NOTE TO SELF: Stop saying “ANYWAY”..)

When I first dated my husband I refused to let him see me wearing my “coke bottle” glasses.  My nearsightedness required the lenses of my eyeglasses to be quite thick. I was used to wearing contact lenses and felt self-conscious wearing glasses.


Photo: Etsy

A few months after we began dating I developed an eye condition preventing me from wearing my contacts. One night, we decided to go to a local restaurant for dinner that, coincidentally, my future in-laws were dining at as well.  After spotting us, they began to walk over to meet me and I quickly took off my glasses and hid them. While being introduced, I attempted to look as upbeat and casual as possible.

In reality, all I saw were two complete blurs. I had no idea what they looked like.


Reading about cute puppies and kittens puts a smile on my face.

Eyeglasses have come a long way since 1985.  They are not only functional, but have also become a fashion accessory.  You can express your style and personality through chic, trendy or sophisticated lenses.

I no longer think twice about wearing glasses in public.

When I work I need to wear contact lenses and readers

When I work I need to wear contact lenses and readers

As I age, all print seems to be getting smaller and smaller. I can’t shop in a store without the need to pull my readers from my purse so I can read a list of ingredients or the fine print in a circular.

I have a pair of readers in every room of the house, a pair in my car, one in my purse…

Readers Three

When I read outside it feels good to wear fashionable sunglass readers

After reached out to me to try their product, I was surprised not only at the wide selection of readers and eyeglasses they offer, but at their affordable prices. Their guarantee of satisfaction is important, because I know firsthand how crucial it is to find the right pair of eyewear.

Happy Reader

I love having different choices so I can express my individual style with the readers I wear.

Whether I’m writing, reading or shopping, a comfortable and stylish pair of readers makes my life easier while giving me a chance to express myself.

Hmm.  Which pair will I wear today?

Do you wear readers?

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35 thoughts on “My Story: Life Through A Lens Or How I Finally Made Peace With My Glasses (Includes My First VIDEO)

  1. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I’m so glad to learn about this company. Who doesn’t need readers at some point? I know I need them (and yes, funny how that print seems smaller now!). Nice to know that they are fashionable as well as functional. Also, you rock the video! Great job!

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      I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. Readers are such an important part of our lives as we get older, but that doesn’t mean we must sacrifice style! I love expressing myself with some funky looking eyewear!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      Have a wonderful day~

  2. Jackie

    If only your second grade teacher could hear your story! Enjoyed this Cathy and love the fun readers. I’m hanging on, still can see the small print but I know I must be getting closer to that day when the print seems to be shrinking!

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      I know, Jackie! I wish I knew where she was because I’d like to thank her. All teachers should be as good and caring as she was.

      Give in to the readers. You’ll look adorable in them. There are so many styles to choose from!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts today. Have a wonderful day~

  3. Sheryl

    Great post and video, Cathy. You are so engaging. I didn’t start wearing glasses until my early 20s…and now have readers in every room ( although I can never find them when I need them!). I think I should start keeping a pair in the shower to avoid washing my body with hair conditioner :).
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      I know what you mean, Sheryl. I admit to washing my face with shampoo. Oh, the horror of that moment.

      When I wake up in the morning I have to feel around for my glasses before I knew where everything is. Someday, if they perfect it, I’d love to get the LASIK. But I’ll still need my readers.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s nice to know my friend is going through the same thing I am with vision issues…

      Have a wonderful day~

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      You look great in your glasses. Mine are so thick my opthamologist doesn’t recommend LASIK yet since it’s not perfected for my terrible vision.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Always great to hear from you!


  4. Sharon Greenthal

    I didn’t start wearing reading glasses until I was 16 – but my son started wearing them just before he turned two (with an eye patch, no less) to correct a lazy eye. It wasn’t easy for him – or for his mom! Now everyone wears glasses – even people who don’t need them!
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      Oh, that must have been difficult for you to find out when he was so young. But I am sure he was adorable even with the patch I hope all is fine today with his eyesight, and the patch helped to correct the problem.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me, Sharon.

      Have a great day~

  5. Korinthia Klein

    It’s taken me a while to get used to my glasses, and now I wonder what my original problem was. You know what finally got me to wear them regularly? They hide the nasty suction marks under my eyes from my swim goggles. So I swapped one kind of vanity for another I suppose, but now I like having lots of glasses around for different looks, plus, you know, I can see better.
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      Well, you are healthy and beautiful! Good reason to wear them. Plus the seeing thing is kind of important, too!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Korinthia.

      Best always~

  6. Lisa_GrandmasBriefs

    Love your glasses story. Great video. I’ve been wearing glasses since fourth grade. Never contacts, as I’ve been far-sighted and needed them just for reading and such. Well, I’m now into progressive lenses. I have a pair or two of those plus, like you, readers in every room, my purse, behind my cookbook stand in the kitchen. Still, I find myself unable to find glasses when I need them.

    I love that first pair on you in the photos above. So fashionable!

    Thank you for sharing the news on
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      I know what you mean. I’m always misplacing mine, too. Now with my new ones from I’m going to try my darndest to keep track of them! I really do love them.

      Every time we speak, we have more and more in common. This time, we lose our readers! Onto keeping them within our grasp.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lisa. LOVE hearing from you~

  7. Emily

    First of all, you look GREAT in ALL those frames. I started wearing glasses in college and always felt so self-conscious in them, mainly because I could never find a pair of frames I liked. I have the same problem with sunglasses…the minute I turned 40, I needed readers. I held out for as long as I could (like 7 years!), but now it’s impossible for me to read fine print unless it’s under very bright light. I finally found a cute pair of readers that I like that I’ve been wearing for the past year. Oddly enough though, some days I can’t seem to work on the computer without them, and then others days I’m fine not wearing them…Sigh – aging.
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      Aging, Emily? Ha! I have this funny feeling, particularly after seeing your recent profile pic, that you’d look beautiful in any frame. Aside from that, the inner Emily comes out every time – a double whammy. Really, Emily, I am sure you’d look great in them.

      Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with me on my blog. Once again, your words mean a lot..

      Best always~

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      Ah, I wish I was that smart, Connie! Funny story. Even as a child Oprah was staging her life….

      Thanks for the compliments, and for leaving your thoughts on my blog.

      Best to you always~

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      I am so glad you already discovered They really do have a wide variety of glasses that are so affordable. I am sure you look MAH-velous in yours.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts~

  8. Kathy Radigan

    What a great video, you are so engaging and gorgeous!! I love the way the readers look on you, very cool.

    I am supposed to wear glasses, but don’t always do it, so I find it very helpful when I’m with my kids since they can tell me just who is waving to me!! Thanks for the encouragement!!
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      What a FABULOUS compliment! I was nervous about doing my first video, but I learned a lot about doing one. Now I need to learn how to edit!

      I think it’d be smart for you to start wearing glasses! You will look wonderful in them, and you’d also be doing your eyes a great big favor.

      Thanks for leaving your thoughtful comments~

  9. Lois Alter Mark

    I love the video, and you look great in every pair of those readers! My daughter is one of those rare girls who desperately wanted glasses even thought she didn’t need them, and was thrilled when the eye doctor said she was on the borderline and could get them if she wanted. I still don’t need glasses but print seems to be getting smaller every day for me, and I think I may have to check out readers. com!
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      If my eyesight wasn’t SO bad it wouldn’t have been so awful for me. But my glasses are very thick (you saw them in Chicago!), and before they had the technology to shave the lenses down, they truly looked like Coke bottle glasses! Not exactly a magnet for boys to ask you out!

      I hope your daughter is happily wearing glasses. As for you, it’s amazing your sight is so good. Fighting it, eh?

      Thanks for leaving your comments, Lois.


  10. Estelle Sobel Erasmus

    Great post Cathy and kudos on your first video blog! You look great. I have been wearing prescription glasses for years, but only started wearing them more when I was pregnant because my eyes got drier. I continued wearing them after having my daughter. When I wear contact lenses, I definitely need to use readers, so this is a great resources. Thanks.

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      Thank you and thank you Estelle, about the post and video.

      I know what you mean about dry eyes. That happens to me as well.

      I am so glad you like this new resource!

      Have a wonderful day~

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      Thank you, Linda.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one with reading glasses all over the house!


  11. Haralee

    Great story Cathy. I use ‘Readers’ like ‘Kleenex’. They are the ones to buy! I like the square rectangle shape on you. Isn’t it great that you can have new fun looks inexpensively!
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      Thanks, Haralee, for letting me know which one you liked on me! It was so much fun making the video and then taking those pics.

      I am glad you like readers like I do.

      Be well and thanks for stopping by~

  12. sebber

    Cathy, great story, I have been wearing glasses for years and have never had a problem having to wear them, although I might feel differently if I was as nearsighted as you are. I am one of those rare individuals who actually wanted to wear glasses from an early age (several siblings wore them and perhaps I felt left out) and I embraced them from the first day I got them. The only thing that got in the way, was that I was very shy and was self conscious at first being seen in them, but I was determined to get over it and after a few weeks with my new look I became very confident wearing my glasses and have never looked back! In addition to correcting my vision another benefit that getting glasses did for me was eliminate most of my shyness and made me a more confident person contrary to what they do for most people. Today I wear progressive bifocals and love them.

      1. sebber

        I think the ones that are affected the most are those that are extremely nearsighted or farsighted or those that got their glasses at an early age. A friend of mines daughter will not wear her correct glasses because her prescription is now -8.25 and she is so self conscious about how thick they are she will only wear her glasses from several years ago that are -6.50 and -6.25 and she can’t really see to well with them. I have told her that very few people will really notice because they already know she wears glasses and if she gets high index lenses they will be thinner than the glasses she is wearing and people aren’t going to notice or pay much attention to them, but she is convinced that everyone will comment on “how blind she is!” I also have a good friend who is very farsighted and his glasses make his pupils look huge and he is constantly taking off his glasses when ever he talks to someone :”so they aren’t staring at his large eyes!” I have tried to talk him into getting contacts, but he has an aversion to touching his eyes and I think he has so many headaches because he takes his glasses off probably 50 times a day. I used to teach school and the kids that came in wearing their glasses for the first time and you could tell they were having a hard time with it, I would tell them, ” today is going to be the hardest day in your life of wearing glasses, but if you just wear them with confidence and act like nothing is different within a week or two no one will remember you not having glasses and it will get to the point you don’t even know you have them on! ” It usually did the trick and over the years I have run into several of them and they thanked me for the pep talk and told me they have told their own kids the same thing when they started wearing glasses. It’s not how you look in glasses but how you carry yourself while wearing glasses that is the difference. Sorry for the long reply.

  13. C2G

    I loved this article! Have been reading your blog for over
    a year and your always writing up some great articles. I shared this on my twitter and my followers loved it!
    Keep up the good work 🙂
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