Fashionistas Sporting Specs, Even With 20/20 Vision

The four-eyed look is in, experts say, but view is murky for Lasik surgery
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2008 6:08 PM CDT
Shopping for eyeglasses has become big business.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – Eyeglasses are no longer just for the optically challenged: Fashionistas everywhere see them as the latest must-have (eye)piece and are stocking up on non-prescription glasses to match every outfit, the Wall Street Journal says. Seeing wasn’t believing for one man who underwent Lasik surgery but continues to sport his specs. “It’s a fashion statement,” he said. “It’s my signature.”

Big-name designers and fashion magazines have made the four-eyed look cool. “I cannot recall ever seeing models in specs on major runways before this year,” said one consultant. Eyeglasses manufacturers report big spikes in sales of non-prescription lenses, as Lasik surgeries are on the wane. And fashion isn’t the only appeal: Glasses “make people take you more seriously,” said one model.