According to a review by Jellesma, 2013, several studies have been conducted on children and glasses. Wearing spectacles can have differing effects on satisfaction with behaviour and satisfaction with physical appearance. Though messy, some patterns can be seen from the collection of studies.
Children see other children wearing glasses as being more intelligent, friendly and physically less attractive. Children who wear spectacles feel more intelligent because of reinforcing stereotypes while also being dissatisfied with their physical appearance. As children get older, non-compliance to wearing glasses increases, some preferring to wear contacts.
Overall, there seems to be sometimes positive sometimes negative views on others wearing eye glasses. To those who wear them, it negatively affects physical self-esteem. The article concludes that there should probably be some intervention to help children feel more positive about wearing glasses, one of the possible solutions being better role models in media
We need awesome leads in movies to wear the glasses FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE MOVIE, not just when they are undercover like Clark Kent who takes them off when he dons his suit and cape and goes off to do kickass superhero stuff. And we can’t have them taking them off every time they get a drop dead gorgeous makeover like Mia in The Princess Diaries. And Ugly Betty. And Janey from Not Another Teen Movie.
Because what happens when they take those glasses off? What happens is that they are saying that people are more amazing and physically beautiful without glasses. I would love movies to show that a person can be spunky and rebellious while wearing specs like Harry Potter, but with normal looking glasses that muggles can actually wear and not look weird in. Seriously, round glasses are hard to pull off. It’s a face shape thing.
Jellesma, F. (2013). Do glasses change children’s perceptions? Effects of eyeglasses on peer- and self-perception. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 10(4), 449–460.