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Oh, where oh where are my glasses?

Updated on December 19, 2011

Oh, where oh where are my glasses?

When one reaches their mid-forties, it is almost always a given that some degree of magnification will be required to enhance vision in older eyes. The very simple solution is to obtain an eye exam, a prescription from a competent optician, pick out your frames, have your lenses ground, and finally take your lovely new glasses home. Having done that would seem to completely solve the problem. Not always the case.

Herein lies the problem: Keeping track of those glasses, for me at least, is a relentless and constant endeavor. I have four pair: One by each of the two portable phones, one on my desk, and the final pair resides in my purse. One would think that my expert planning would provide the desired result. If only that were so.

As I begin the day, my glasses, newspaper and coffee are the order of business. All would seem to be in order until I go upstairs to work at my desk, forgetting those glasses are on my head. I take them off, place them on the desk and run downstairs to answer the phone where I have positioned another pair. I write down the message given me, go to the bedroom where the computer desk is, and place it there. After I do that, I throw those glasses on that desk. Two pair of glasses have now been moved from their rightful place. This seems to happen over and over during the course of the day, until all three pairs are piled up on the same surface like a pile of kindling. I have every intention of repositioning them to their posts before the day is over, but invariably, I find myself having to dig out my purse pair if I am on a different floor from the pile, or there is no pile to be found.

I had considered attaching one pair to a beaded chain like the ladies in the 5&10 stores of yore, but when I tried it, I would always lose one end or the other, or lean over and risk scratching a lens when colliding with another surface. What's even worse is when a pair falls between couch cushions or under a table. This seems to make them expert in the fine art of concealment and totally illusive to my discovering them until such time I am vacuuming or fluffing the couch. I wonder, will I ever get this annoyance under control, or am I destined to relapse every day in my quest for clear sight? Contacts are not an option for me due to highly sensitive and dry eyes. As you read this, each pair had been positioned in it's proper place, but the day is still young, so who knows what will happen by nightfall. Helpful suggestions are so welcome. There must be someone out there who has conquered this problem!


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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Myrtle

      Great hub to which I am sure many can relate.

      What would happen if you had only two pair of glasses? One pair that you kept in the house and one in your purse for when you go out.

      Have two or three designated areas for keeping your glasses. If you forget where you put them , then you know they are going to be in one of your designated areas.

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Thanks so much Lita C. Malicdem

      It seems that everyone who has read my hub has the same problem with glasses, and noone has discovered a cure that will work.

      Regards and thanks for your comments. Myrtle

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      Anything and almost everything I get my hands on seem to go around with me in the house, haha! I often stop on my track to think where I last came from and find the item where I least expect it to be! Sometimes, no matter how I try, I couldn't locate it. But I'll certainly find it by accident, when I stop looking around! My senior moments as a 65'r are my most unwelcome daily struggles. Funny, but I'm now at that threshold of memory lapses.

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      Yes i think you need loads of pairs running around. I o not wear glasses but I am the same with my house keys....always losing them.

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      Rachel Richmond 6 years ago from California

      Haha!! That use to be me! Now I have to wear them all the time... go figure. Good luck on keeping up with them.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I "forget" my glasses on the top of my head. Maybe the solution is to have several pairs of readers? One by the bed, one in the kitchen, one in my purse.... :-)

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      Jenafran 6 years ago from Tampa Bay Florida

      What a great subject; every occasional glasses wearer goes through this; however I have yet to solve it either. LOL nicely written!

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Hi Jeyaramd

      Thanks so much for your kind comments on my hub.

      I feel you pain. I have never stepped on a pair of glasses, but I did drop one pair in a box I was shipping

      and had no clue where they had gotten to. Luckily the recipient of the box called and sent them back to me, otherwise I would still be looking for them. Look forward to reading all your hubs. Thanks, Myrtle

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Hi fastfreta

      Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging comments.

      I look forward to reading all your hubs and following you. Thank Again, Myrtle

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      jeyaramd 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Having to find one pair of glasses is hard enough. The worst was when I stepped over my glasses while getting off the bed. The frame was beyond repair. Ah... and I had just bought those darn boutique glasses with my last work insurance payout for the year. So, I had to cough up the money for a new pair as I could not wait. I feel your pain. It can be frustrating. Its easier when you have your grandchildren to blame. Great hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Cute, no, I haven't conquered it, and I see from the comments, most haven't. I see Nell Rose has an interesting one, that could work for part of your problem, but I'm afraid, even that won't conquer the whole problem. Anyway the hub was very good, and very well written. By the way, welcome to HubPages, have fun, I do. Voted up, funny, interesting.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      LOL! This is a great hub! You had me laughing and I'm so glad that there is someone else like me! I have sat on quite a few pair of glasses - and of course it's always the more expensive ones that get squashed between buttocks and settee!

      I tried a chain thing as well with one pair, but they made me look snooty - and I'm a lot of things but defiantely not stuck up! In addition to the 'snooty' look, I kept 'hanging' myself because of the chain thing getting caught everywhere!

      That's interesting about your eyes not being suitable for contacts. I had contacts for a while but had to give them up eventually because of the same reason - dry eyes. Even the soft lenses were uncomfortable. The last straw was when one of the lenses slipped under my eyelid and it took me about an hour to get the blasted thing out! After that I preferred to go back to the glasses - squashed or not!

      Great hub + voted up!

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nope, sorry, can't help. I usually sleep in my glasses :-) Good luck with the dilemma! Enjoyed reading your hub.

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Hi Ms. Dora

      Thanks so much for the great feedback. I know what you mean about finding empty cases when one is so hopeful they contain one of the missing pairs.


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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good luck with finding a solution. Sometimes I need my glasses to find my glasses. It is still hit and miss with me. These days, I'm finding more cases than glasses. However, I enjoyed reading your hub. Voted funny and interesting.

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      You may have hit on the absolute solution to this common problem. It seemed to work at the banks where chains held the pens to the counters so they would not disappear. I may just give that a try. Thanks so much for reading my hubs and commenting. I am very grateful and look forward to reading all of yours. Cheers, Myrtle

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, myrtle, I can also relate! I have even washed my face with my glasses on before! lol! the trouble with me is that I wear contacts during the day, and change them in the evening to glasses. how about putting your glasses on each table, tying them up to a long cord, one end tied to the glasses and the other end to the table? theres a thought! lol!

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Hi Mary.

      Thanks so much for your kind words.


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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      I've been there; done that! I can relate to your problem. I don't have a solution, I'm afraid. Cute Hub; clever in your writing. Keep it up!

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      myrtle mckinley 6 years ago

      Hi Stephanie Henkel

      Thanks you so much for your kind response. It is so nice to know I am not alone in this dilemma.

      Since I have no problem with distance vision, I don't really need bi or tri focals. Maybe I will have to double the pairs on each floor or wear one of those bags that strap around your waist when traveling. If only I could have my young eyes back! Thanks again so much.


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      myrtle mckinley 6 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words and relating the very experience that I have had a number of times.

      Yes, the shopping trip comes to a screeching halt when one can not even read the label or the price. I feel so disabled during this experience and well as embarassed, stretching my arms out beyond their capacity hoping for a glimmer of magnification. On one such occassion, a pair in the lost and found box was offered for my consideration. Would you believe, it was my exact correction, which allowed me to continue my shopping.

      Now I do not leave the house without checking if my purse glasses are tucked in their resident zipper pocket.

      Thanks Again, Myrtle

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      dpierro 6 years ago

      Your article was well-written and funny, Myrtle! Yes, I also have problems locating my glasses. I just accept it as a normal happenstance of life ... until I go shopping and realize my glasses aren't in my purse. Needless to say, that shopping trip is cut very short! Take care.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      There was a period of a few years when I used only reading glasses and had the same problem - taking them off and putting them on again all day long. My best solution was to attach them to a chain hanging around my neck, but they did tend to bump into things now and then. I laughed when you mentioned having so many pairs. I used to keep glasses in the car, my desk at the office and at home and still manage to misplace them. Now I don't have to worry about it because I've graduated to trifocals and wear them all the time! :(

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi myrtle, great hub i enjoyed reading it, i wish i had a solution to this problem but at this moment i do not .

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas !

      Vote up !!!

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Thanks Cresentmoon.I really appreciate the feedback as I am a new hubber. Thanks for the Vote up.

      I look forward to reading your hubs.

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      Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      I believe there are many people who can relate to this. Voted up. Great.

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      myrtle McKinley 6 years ago

      Hi LadyLyell

      Thank you so much for your response. I appreciate you reading my hubs. Look forward to reading yours. Maybe someone will have a solution!

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I have the same problem all day every day.

      Good news! There is no solution, sorry!

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cute Hub! I can relate!

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      Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

      I think it's a problem that has been around as long as spectacles have. I haven't solved it yet!

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      rutley 6 years ago from South Jersey

      Yes, I hang them on the front of my shirt and then bend over for some reason or other and there they gooooooooo.

      Do they make glasses sanitizer?