Where did I put my glasses? you frantically ask. We’ve all been there: bleary-eyed and rushing around in the morning, searching for that elusive pair of glasses that are never in the same spot twice. Reading the text in front of you isn’t the hardest part — it’s remembering where you left your eyewear. As a glasses or readers wearer, there’s nothing more frustrating this!

To help you find that pair of glasses you swore you had a few minutes ago, we created this guide and flowchart on places you may have left your reading glasses. We also share tips on preventing losing your glasses again. Let’s get started:

1. On Your Face.

Gotcha! You should have seen this one coming. It happens in all the movies, but not to anyone real. Now move on to the rest of the possible locations.

But seriously, are they on your face?

2. By a Book.

Where do you read? In your bed? On a La-Z-Boy? Outside? Check there. It’s very likely that you took your glasses off to read, especially if you’re nearsighted and are thus comfortable with images at close distances. If you wear reading glasses, you might have left them at this scene of the crime once you were done. Check there, and then check inside the book. Slim reading glasses can double as bookmarks.

3. On Your Shirt Pocket.

You have two pairs of glasses: reading and regular. When you use one, you store the other clipped on your pocket, because you haven’t gotten around to getting a glasses case. And it just so happens…you changed shirts earlier today. Or it escaped you to remove them from your shirt last night. Go, ravage your wardrobe, scrounge your room, and dig through the hamper. Your glasses are in there somewhere, they’ve gotta be.

4. In The Bathroom.

If you’ve washed your face or showered in the past 24 hours, and hopefully you have, you presumably didn’t do it with your glasses on. You left them in the bathroom.

5. At Your Computer.

Youre reading this, so you’re at your computer. Are they right by your fingertips? Or perhaps you’re reading this on a mobile phone — hurry, check your computer. If you’re like me, nearsighted, taking your glasses off when using the computer can be a good rest for the eyes.

6. On Your Dog.

Do you have a dog? Do you like cute things? If so, you’ve put your glasses on your dog. It might have been today that you did that. Or maybe it wasn’t today, but your glasses have been growing on your dog, and he’s taken the initiation to improve his eyesight. Good for him, but how did he know his prescription?

Lost My Glasses Flowchart

How did you do? If the above ideas didn’t solve the problem, try using our “Where did I leave my readers?” flowchart below to track down those glasses. Because we understand glasses struggles.

lost reading glasses flowchart

If you found your readers, good for you! If not, check out our huge selection of reading glasses and snag a pair for every room in the house.

How to Not Lose Reading Glasses

Now that you’ve located your missing glasses or readers, let’s cover a few tips on how to avoid losing your readers again in the future:

  • No matter where you think you’ve put them, always check the top of your head first! Even if they’re not there, at least you don’t feel silly when that’s the 5th place you’ve checked. There’s nothing worse than asking someone if they’ve seen your glasses when they’re sitting atop your head, or worse, on your face.
  • For those who are just as forgetful as me in this area, you may want to invest in a reading glasses chain. They’re inexpensive and come in a variety of colors and styles. You can get a basic black nylon strap or a more feminine beaded chain that can serve as an accessory to an outfit.
  • A less conspicuous route would be to train yourself to keep them in their case, which more specifically should be kept in the same place every time. Designate a pocket in your purse or a place on your nightstand to keep the case where it is convenient. I am often too tired to get up and put my glasses away before falling asleep so I just leave them out on my nightstand. A better idea is to keep the actual case right there as well so that if you read or watch television in bed, you can just reach over and put your glasses away.
  • Another helpful idea when using your glasses case is to choose a glasses case that stands out. Look for one with a distinctive pattern or color so that you don’t have to dig through a large purse or search all over your room to find it.