A recent survey has revealed that as many as 40 per cent of Brits are or would consider wearing glasses they did not require if they believed it would get them ahead in business.
The report, carried out by the College of Optometrists, suggests that 43 per cent of people think that glasses make a person appear more intelligent, while 36 per cent believe the wearer gives off a professional aura.
Of these, 16 per cent are currently wearing spectacles to look more intelligent and ten per cent to appear more professional.
Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric advisor to the College of Optometrists, commented: "It"s great to see a shift in how we perceive glasses, but it"s important to remember that regardless of fashion trends, wearing spectacles is about seeing clearly and comfortably, and not just appearance."
However, other research carried out by Sight Care Group, a membership organisation for independent opticians, found that 7.5 million women in the UK are aware that their vision is less than 100 per cent but refuse to entertain the possibility of wearing glasses.
by Alexa Kaczka