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eyes and glassesI didn’t start to wear glasses until I was about 20 years old and that was only for distance. As the years went by, my nearsightedness increased and I joined the ranks of contact lens wearers. But then my vision got to a point where contacts were no longer effective for reading and I had to either wear reading glasses with my contacts, which defeats the purpose, or wear bifocal contact lenses, which I found uncomfortable. Reluctantly, I succumbed to wearing glasses again, but was convinced I looked like an ugly bookworm. Determined not to feel diminished for the rest of my life, here’s what I did.

I enrolled in a vision plan offered at work and splurged on designer eye glasses. Not just any designer: Prada! I justified it to myself with the fact that the vision plan afforded me a discount, though not nearly enough, and that it had been so many years since the last time I purchased glasses, which I may never do again.

My boss said my glasses made me look smart. OK, I won’t argue – who doesn’t want their boss to think they look smart? I hope she thought I was smart before then, but let’s not over-think it. Then I went into a meeting and someone remarked, “Cool glasses!” But here’s the icing on the cake. I decided to have a professional photo taken for the Web. Selfies make me look like I’m in a fish bowl. The photographer asked me if I wanted the photo taken with my glasses on or off and I boldly said, “On.” This was a big step for someone who wore contacts for most of her adult life. The good news is that the photo came out so well that the photographer uploaded it to her online gallery. So what’s the moral of the story? If you want to feel confident in glasses, wear Prada? Hardly.

I think we look our best when we feel our best. People as well as cameras pick up how we feel about ourselves regardless of our attire or demeanor. Cosmetic changes are futile until we become comfortable with who lies within. I didn’t look better with contacts. I just thought I did – and that confidence is what people saw. Once you acknowledge, accept and applaud who you are, the image you project to the world will shine – glasses or not.