As a dental hygienist, Cristina León depends on good vision to do her job well. The 27-year-old Cary resident wore glasses to compensate for her nearsightedness, which was diagnosed seven years ago, and even embraced them as a fashion statement. “Initially I incorporated them into my look,” she says. “They were my thing.”
But over time, the disadvantages of wearing glasses began to add up. “At work we wear protective goggles when we are cleaning teeth,” she says. “I had to wear my glasses with panels on the sides, but spray and grainy particles would get on them. My glasses got completely scratched, like they were run over with sand paper.” Her glasses also repeatedly slid down her nose, and she would have to push them back up over the bridge with her gloved hand.