i have managed to live this late in my life without feeling i wanted of needed contact lenses. i've always liked my glasses. if eyes are the windows to the soul, glasses are sheer curtains for your windows, a little bit of privacy from your neighbors.
but glasses fog up inside ski goggles. they fog up when you're running or riding or waling in humid weather. and you have to be very careful about getting musplash on your face because that will scratch your glasses.
you know what else will scratch your glasses? barbed wire.
and i get barbed wire up in my face more often than one might think. the first scratch i got on this pair of glasses? i was walking in the woods and steeped on a piece of barbed wire, which spring up. i kid you not.
the scratch on my face? no big deal. my tetanus shots are up-to-date.
but the glasses? oh, the sadness!
and glasses are expensive. and i am always worrying that i will destroy a pair.
and last week i was hiking in the woods and i slipped on some ice which wouldn't have been a big deal except that while i was steadying myself, i caught my glasses on a small tree branch and broke the temple right off at the hinge.
so now i need new glasses.
and it's time for contacts. contacts will not fog. and i will be able to just wear sport shields to protect my eyes from all the other stuff. i will have better dust and wind protection on bikes. i won't have to worry about my glasses dropping out of a boat. i won't have to wear goggles on warm days skiing. i'll be able to read my orienteering compass better. i'm not kidding about this. my glasses frames get in the way of that.
i'll still have glasses for when i want them, and i will want them. after all, i have worn them for forty years and i like them. i like how i feel in them and i like how i look in them.
but i do not like how they perform in sport conditions.
so now i'll have them and they won't always be getting scratched.
i am SO looking forward to this.