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Glasses wearers are smarter, new study claims

By T.K. Randall
May 31, 2018 · Comment icon 29 comments



Are glasses-wearers really more intelligent ? Image Credit: Jiri Hodan
Researchers have determined that intelligent people are 30 percent more likely to have eyesight problems.
The University of Edinburgh study, which was the largest of its kind ever conducted, analyzed cognitive and genetic data from over 300,000 people above the age of 16.

The results reportedly found "significant genetic overlap between general cognitive function, reaction time, and many health variables including eyesight, hypertension, and longevity."

In addition to having a 30% higher chance of needing to wear glasses, more intelligent individuals were also found to have a lower chance of suffering from a range of health conditions.
It's certainly true that wearing glasses may make someone seem more intelligent and dependable, which is the reason why some defense lawyers have their clients wear glasses during a trial.

"Glasses soften their appearance so that they don't look capable of committing a crime," said lawyer Harvey Slovis. "I've tried cases where there's been a tremendous amount of evidence, but my client wore glasses and got acquitted. The glasses create a kind of unspoken nerd defense."

As for the results of the study however, if there really is a link, the reason for it remains unclear.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (29)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by The Silver Thong 5 years ago
I did that on purposees oh wait let me get my glasses ohhhhh I mean on purpose lol
Comment icon #21 Posted by XenoFish 5 years ago
I am
Comment icon #22 Posted by The Silver Thong 5 years ago
Crap now I have to to wall mart to get smarter. Sorry had to do it.   
Comment icon #23 Posted by psyche101 5 years ago
Its not the problem itself, more so that its common after 40 when most people have seen a lot of life and have attained a certain level of wisdom though experience.  That just seems more logical than the basic correlation  of glasses=smarter. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by spartan max2 5 years ago
You are making the assumption that larger brain = more intellgence.   
Comment icon #25 Posted by Scarlatti 5 years ago
Not exactly new information. More than 30-40 years it was noted that those people with more qualifications had a greater tendency to wear glasses because they read more and damaged their eyes. If someone has a higher IQ one could guess that person might want to read about more things and therefore have a greater likelihood of needing glasses.
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
Neanderthals had a larger brain case, and they didn't ruin the Earth. Hummmm..... I agree that brain size doesn't always equal greater intelligence, but in general, I think it does. Unless the brain is swelling, such as with most politicians....
Comment icon #27 Posted by GoodReality 5 years ago
Wonder if there's any differences between people with near and farsightedness 
Comment icon #28 Posted by Relam 5 years ago
I know one study that shows that people who wear raybans are high as ****. I wear raybans, does it coun't that i am smart too?
Comment icon #29 Posted by Aubrienne_Ellyrias 4 years ago
wonder if eyeglass wearers literally just see the world different and therefore think different. i would only apply this to people who have to wear glasses 24 hrs 


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