I’ve been wearing glasses regularly since 2014. I am short-sighted, a fact which became quite obvious when I was often accosted on the corridor by people at a previous job saying that they had waved at me but I hadn’t acknowledged them (or, in classic Nigerian words, I had ‘snubbed’ them).
I had really wanted to respond with
a. I didn’t see you, Madam, or
b. I saw you but just didn’t feel like waving back at you, Madam.
Anyway…I got my eyes tested, got the myopia diagnosis, paid a stupid amount of money for my first pair of glasses (which I still have), and have been wearing them almost regularly ever since.
However, with the onset of the pandemic emerged an issue: I found wearing both glasses and a face mask too tedious. The lenses of my glasses would get foggy, and if it was a hot day, I would have the sensation of feeling like I was suffocating.
So, I have opted to not wear my glasses when I’m out and about and I have to wear a face mask, and just wearing the glasses at home, especially when there are words on the TV screen written in very small font size.
When you wave at someone on the corridor at work and they don’t wave back, instead of jumping to conclusions, consider the following options:
- They are short-sighted and didn’t wave back because even though they can identify your human form from a distance, your face is blurred to them, so they can’t see you clearly enough to know exactly who is waving at them.
- They were distracted and didn’t see you.
- They just didn’t feel like waving back.
(It’s most likely option 1, but all 3 are valid options 😏).
Ivie M. Eke 2021.