Q&A: Why do people take a risk on their eye health for vanity?

by David Jenyns

Question by buntzy: Why do people take a risk on their eye health for vanity?
i used to work at an optical store and people without prescriptions (current or at all) would insist on ordering contacts just for vanity or out of not wanting an eye exam.

ive seen too many cases where people have ‘tried’ on lenses for fun for an extended time and made their eyesight worse or even damaged their eyes

i mean, is it worth it for reasons of looking good or saving 10s of dollars?

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Answer by Maryn
News flash: People are vain and short-sighted, literally and figuratively. We’re the same race that used to have our lower ribs surgically removed so we would have wasp-waists, remember. Now we greatly increase our risk for skin cancer by tanning, strip off layers of protective dental enamel for whiter smiles, and damage our eyes. Nothing new there, really.

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J K F May 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

People are feeding off Madison Avenue’s image of the idealized person. If you are attractive in the accepted standard you will have more friends, get the love of your life and be successful. People are made fun of sometimes if they are not like everyone else in regard to certain things. Four eyes, you have a big nose, your ugly, your short, your fat, your too tall, you have pimples, etc.,you know the drill. If you don’t, comply, you are perceived as a character or at worst, a loser.

Don’t blame the people, blame the advertisers.
Brain Washing 101.

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zorro_foxygirl May 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Because they are silly and ignorant!

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