Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Eyeglasses make you smart

Nebraska's Journal Star (8/24) reported that eyeglasses are no longer "the fashion don't for kids they once were, as wearers and manufacturers have realized they can be another accessory used to make a style statement." These days, youngsters "are not relying on glasses merely for their utility, but what they say about them." Some children believe that glasses make them look more intelligent. Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, of the Ohio State University College of Optometry, "has studied both how children with glasses perceive themselves and how peers view them." He said that "other than intelligence, glasses didn't affect how kids viewed one another in relation to sports skills, socialization, honesty, shyness or attractiveness in his testing." Dr. Walline explained, "'Smart kids wear glasses' is the way the media portrays it, and kids pick up on it."

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