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Do glasses affect our love life?

Do glasses affect our love life? How do people in Singapore feel about glasses?

Do glasses affect our love lives? Are glasses ugly? Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre

According to a survey conducted by Abbott Medical Optics, 46%* of Singaporeans feel that glasses adversely affect their love life.

Are spectacles really a disadvantage in the dating world? Would you wear them on a first date?

Love them or hate them, glasses abound in Singapore. According to data gathered, an estimated 70%* of Singaporeans have myopia.

Some people love them

A dating website, Spex, markets themselves as ‘the site for singletons who wear glasses, and those who fancy glasses-wearers.’ Their homepage states, ‘we think your specs look sexy, and we know other people do too.

In addition, the microblogging platform Tumblr is filled with sites dedicated to appreciation of spectacles. Such sites include Guys with Glasses, Hot Girls with Glasses, and Cute Guys with Glasses. Users “heart” and “reblog” these popular photos all over the internet.

Celebrities are society’s role models for everything beautiful and trendy. Not surprisingly, many stars look equally gorgeous while donning a pair of fashionable spectacles. Celebs who are known to be stunners in specs include Eva Mendez, Robert Downey Jr, Henry Cavill, and Zayn Malik.

Others hate them

A study by the University of Colorado found that ‘people who wore spectacles received lower attractiveness ratings than non-spectacle wearers. Separate research also suggested that males who wear spectacles were viewed as more feminine.’ Yikes, that’s harsh!

On her blog, a hair salon owner and fashionista writes, ‘everything I heard about glasses was pretty negative. Brides didn’t wear [them]. Women in adverts didn’t wear [them]. Ugly people wore [them], right up until the scene where they become pretty…’ We agree, mainstream media plays a huge role in these stereotypes. In many movies and TV shows, including The House Bunny, Ugly Betty, Our Times (Wo Men De Shao Nian Shi Dai), characters are often portrayed as “nerdy” or “ugly” while sporting glasses, and beautiful once they take them off.

The popular forum site, Reddit, receives a plethora of threads about users lamenting how awful they look with specs. According to these posts, people tend to feel unattractive, less confident, and less fashionable.

Glasses in Singapore

If you love your frames, rock on! However, if you dislike glasses, there’s no need to stay unhappy. Consider LASIK — a 15-20 minute procedure that grants 24/7 visual freedom.

Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre has been offering LASIK treatment in Singapore for almost a decade. From our firsthand experience with patients, we can concur that there definitely is a stigma against being bespectacled. Before having LASIK, we require patients to lay off their contact lenses (and wear spectacles) for 7-14 days. Upon hearing this, many exclaim that they just cannot live like that. They feel that looking good is important for work, school, and social events. For them, being able to get rid of their glasses is their biggest motivator to go for LASIK. Consequently, many experienced a boost in confidence and enthusiasm after their surgery.

LASIK is the gold standard in the industry, it is an excellent vision correction method for most people. New technology has made LASIK safe and accurate enough, even for demanding professions such as NASA Astronauts or US Navy SEALs.

Think it’s time for a change? Book a LASIK Assessment with us @ 6470 3366 or through our online form below. Prices start from $3724.67 (for both eyes, inclusive of GST).

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* Statistics retrieved from Singapores Millennials As Eye See It, a survey conducted by Abbott Medical Optics.
*An estimate based on an extrapolation of data. According to studies by the HPB over the last 5 years ,70% of Secondary 4 students have myopia or astigmatism. (MOH, 2017)
Ministry of Health Singapore, Parliamentary QA. (2017, September 12). Retrieved March 02, 2018