Are glasses a turn off?

I imagine that depends on the "eye of the beholder." In Europe, wearing glasses is often considered a subtle sign of intelligence and education. But in the U.S., wearing glasses (especially in young people) is often seen as an impediment to a fully independent and active lifestyle. So the same person could appear a nerd or an intellectual depending on the expectations of an observer.

The degree of lens thickness in the glasses is more likely the cause of any possible "turn off." Very thick lenses, whether convex or concave, distort the appearance of the eye behind them in a way that could be unpleasant to some people. But the frames holding any lenses in glasses have really become a fashion item nowadays.

_Written by J. Trevor Woodhams, M.D. - Chief of Surgery, Woodhams Eye Clinic