What Does it Mean When you Dream About Losing Your Glasses (Or Contacts)?

This Dream Interpretation Differs from Most “Lost Dreams”

We’ve looked at “Lost Dreams” before on Dream Prophesy (Lost Key dreams, for example).  People frequently dream about being lost or about having lost an object or objects. Generally, when the object is something like a book, keys, or other “impersonal inanimate object,” the dream interpretation (analysis, meaning…) is pretty basic. More times than not, the dreamer is afraid of losing something in their “real world” and a scenario of losing is thereby played out in their “dream world.”

Naturally the thing they’re afraid of losing isn’t actually the book, keys, or object that’s lost in the dream.  The same object (or person) COULD show up in the role, but it’s very rare.

However, when it comes to dreaming about losing your glasses (or contact lenses), the dream interpretation goes deeper.   Of course, we’re talking about vision-correcting glasses, not sunglasses, drinking glasses, or other types of glasses.  All of these would fall under the previous category of impersonal inanimate objects.

Eyeglasses (also: contact lenses) are one of the most personal possessions an individual can have.  For those who wear vision correcting lenses, they’re the difference between sitting in a room with no windows to the outside world and sitting in a room filled with windows.

In many ways, our eyeglasses are our windows to the world and we rely and depend upon them more than anyone could imagine.

When you consider their importance and think about their vital role in the wearer’s quality of life, you can better understand WHY dreaming about losing your glasses is an intensely deep dream.

Basically, if you dream that your glasses (or, again, contact lenses) are lost or missing, it means that you are experiencing great amounts of either helplessness or self doubt in your real life – maybe even more than you realize.

Here are a few examples:

  1. “James” begins a new job as principal at a local middle school. Though he has the required schooling for the job, deep down he has a couple of doubts. He fears that, maybe, he isn’t experienced enough for the job.  The self doubt leads to a dream where he has lost his glasses and can’t find them. He looks all around his house as well as the school. In the dream, teachers (and even a few students) tell him that he should keep up with his glasses. One student even asks, “What were you thinking?!” He awakens nearly in a panic because the dream seems so real.  The rebuttal from the teachers and students is the self-rebuttal that he, himself, feels…. even down to the, “What were you thinking,” something he has probably asked himself.
  2. “Dottie” has been married for 45 years to “Thomas.” Sadly, Thomas has been diagnosed with diabetes and the doctors are having a horrible time regulating his sugar levels. She’s devoting most of her days trying to help her husband eat right, stay on top of his medications, and exercise – all while trying to “ride out” his unpredictable moods. Because she is so busy thinking about her husband, she doesn’t fully realize just how helpless and overwhelmed she actually feels. One night, however, she has a dream that her glasses have disappeared and everything around her is nothing more than a blur. She can’t make out her husband or children’s faces, can’t see the flowers in her flower garden, and can’t see to cook. She frantically searches for her glasses but they’re nowhere in her home. As soon as she wakes up, she reaches over to the table beside her bed to make sure her glasses are there. The dream leaves her shaken – even more shaken than she believes a dream could have the power to do.

In both instances, the dreams, themselves, aren’t what left the dreamers so shaken or panicked – it was the emotions revealed through the dream.  The dreams simply pulled back a veil that let each dreamer see how fragile and raw their emotions were at this time.

I always point out that dreams (or, more to the point, their meanings and interpretations) can be VERY helpful to us.  These cases are perfect examples because each individual – after their dream interpretations – realized they needed to make a few changes. “James” began telling himself that he was getting the best kind of “experience” available.. on the job experience. He also began to focus on the fact that he was hired over every other applicant – and if they put that kind of trust in him, he should put it in himself.

“Dottie” began taking more time to unwind. She found solace in reading novels in her backyard – surrounded by her 3 beautiful Dalmatians.

These are classic examples of ways our dreams can lead to better self understanding and, oftentimes, even a better life.