#601 – Xylem

Back when I was in 4th or 5th grade I got a new pair of glasses that automatically darkened in the sun. I thought they were really cool and so did my classmates. I was the only kid that any of us knew that had them. A year or two later when I traded them in for a new prescription I decided to get normal lenses. It was soon after that I started suffering from reoccurring headaches. My mom took me to the doctor a few times to try and figure out what was wrong. I finally figured it out myself. I had gone about two years without seeing the sun at its full brightness and I was getting headaches from the glare. I started wearing a baseball cap and my headaches went away.


24 thoughts on “#601 – Xylem”

  1. Jean says:

    I’m running into that problem right now myself… My glasses are already pricy enough since I’m practically blind without them, I didn’t want to spend any more money. My previous glasses were transitioning ones. Now I’m getting headaches…

  2. Micah says:

    Wrong material week.

    Congrats on the 601st comic!

    (Sorry…I didn’t post it about the 600th.)

  3. SEA says:

    Hurray for Photochromism =D

    Also, don’t stare at the sun, unpleasent effects.

    I don’t get it =p (except for the xylem XD)

  4. Geirskogul says:

    Haha, I work in an optical shop, so I’m really getting a kick out of these replies…oh wait, wrong site.

    But seriously, I sell glasses for a living, and UV light (plus glare from sunlight) can actually be very damaging. I’m saying this hypocritically, but even ghetto clip-on sunglasses can be a lifesaver during long road trips etc etc. But that’s beside the point.

    Congrats on 600+ comics! May your next 600 be as awesome as these. I actually went through about a month ago and read every one available from the start, and I’ll probably buy the books after my B-day when I have some money (trips to Vegas are expensive). The best part I love about Biff is that it’s accessible to everyone; my parents who love the Zits coffeetable books LOVE Biff, but it’s also sometimes got some inside “nerd humor” that makes me smile just a little more inside.

  5. Exile says:

    My friend went about a month wearing sunglasses 24/7 when he was outside, then one day he just decided to take them off around sundown and for about 2 hours his eyes watered cause they weren’t use to the sunlight.

  6. MaskedMan says:

    I think Micah broke the code.

    “Biff gets wall-eyed.”

  7. RG says:

    My eyes hurt and my vision is blurring right now for some reason…

  8. Knight Blazer says:

    Ouch, the same thing happened to me a couple of months ago. In my case though, it came from working three straight months on graveyard shift. Not fun when you wake up early one day and have the sun in all it’s fury shining down in your face when you go outside. My first reaction was “What the f— IS that thing?!” Second was “Gahhh! My eyes!”

  9. Freelancer says:

    Exactly the same thing happened to me when I was in school! The headaches, that is, not the wooden lenses.

    Now I just get headaches from the glare due to sitting in a dark office all day reading webcomics.

  10. Have there been other comics that don’t use the word “Biff” in the caption?

  11. Two word description***
    And two many typos day.

  12. Frank says:

    I too wear tinting glasses.

  13. Daniel says:

    My old glasses had transitions too. I never realized how much I loved them until the first time I walked outside without them. And I live in Arizona so the sun is super unforgiving on my now unprotected eyes.

  14. Biff says:

    Great now I have splinters in my eyes….

  15. Micah says:

    Hey! Biff can’t talk.

  16. no name says:

    That is very insulting to put your name as “Biff.”

    I don’t get this comic.

  17. The Dustin says:

    I wore sunglasses in school, I have no trouble with sunlight, but the artificial florescent tube lights hurt my eyes and caused me headaches. So I earned the nickname Shades, and I got to be the cool kid and everyone knew who I was. All because of florescent tube lights.

  18. Beth says:

    I had those transitioning lenses once too, but found they didn’t work so great for me when driving. It’d be brilliantly sunny outside, where I have to look, but shady INSIDE the car where the glasses are. So they didn’t darken enough for driving on a sunny day.

    Now that I wear contact lenses and I can just have plain old regular sunglasses for when I go outside.

  19. Haywire says:

    The goggles, they do nothing!

  20. no name says:

    Oh I’d bet it’s Chris’s childhood objects week. Haha. Did someone already say that?

  21. Reg says:

    Yay, comic #601! It’s kind of scary imagining 600+ ideas for a single person to give us a laugh.
    My eyes hurt because I’m started to use contacts. I hate not being able to rub my eyes without fear of rubbing one out! That did actually happen and I kind of lost my depth perception. I think I looked “challenged” staring up into the sky with my arms open to catch a football and it lands right next to me…

  22. TheMusicGuy says:

    I’m in a History of Western Civilization class right now. My teacher always has the lights dimmed for the projector, and I sit at the very front (where it is darkest). Every time I leave the classroom and go outside its like I’m staring directly into the sun. Maybe I should take your advise, Chris, and start wearing a baseball cap…or maybe I can get some of those tinted contact lenses like Johnny Depp. 😀

  23. TheMusicGuy says:

    Oh, and Reg, you’re not alone. See, I don’t have any depth perception (my optometrist will vouch for me on that) and the last time I played Frisbee I would have been decapitated if the disc had not been going ridiculously slow…

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