Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Truth Behind the Belief: Do Smart People Really Need Eyeglasses?

People believed for a long time that those who wear eyeglasses, particularly the young ones, are smarter. This idea has permeated the mindset of many people that some would wear glasses, even though they don’t need it, just to look smarter. According to a study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology, it appears that there is a sliver of truth to this belief. The results of the study suggest that myopia, or nearsightedness, becomes more prevalent as educational attainment goes up. Among people with no secondary school attainment, only 24% were nearsighted, while for secondary school graduates and vocational school graduates, 35% had nearsightedness. As for university graduates, a staggering 53% had the condition. So, apparently, the popular belief does hold some degree of truth—at least, in terms of the relationship between eyeglasses and increased knowledge.


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