If you were one of those unlucky few who was forced to wear glasses right from Grade 1, there’s good news for you!
This is your first day at school with glasses and you already feel awkward before reaching class. It seems like all your schoolmates are eyeing your glasses and that makes you squirm. Even at your class, friends keep staring at you and some of them call you ‘four-eyed.’ Back home, complaining to mom becomes useless as she feels that glasses make you look smarter. No worries! Its time to celebrate and enjoy all the attention. Your mom’s words have come true. New research published in the world-renowned journal, Nature, found that people who were more intelligent were almost 30% likelier to wear glasses or contact lens compared to the rest of the population.
We already know that individuals with high IQ might wear glasses as they are voracious readers which might cause their eyes to strain requiring the need for glasses. The latest study is quite different as it shows an underlying genetic connection between intelligence and wearing glasses.
Brainy by Birth
Individuals vary in height, weight, color, IQ and much more. Some of them are born geniuses who possess higher cognitive functions than others. A group of researchers analyzed the genetic and cognitive ability of more than 300,480 individuals to check if there were any overlapping genes associated with both smartness and health. During the study, they analyzed 148 genome regions associated with improved cognitive function out of which these researchers came across 58 of them for the first time. The study helped researchers understand an underlying association between general cognitive function and health.
Surprisingly, short-sightedness was linked with intelligence prompting the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. But the shocking part is that, long-sightedness was associated with lack of intelligence! Also, the researchers found a negative correlation between cognitive function and heart problems like heart attack, angina, lung cancer, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. Individuals with a higher cognitive ability are at a lower risk of depression. To know what role genetics plays in affecting the health of an individual, have a look at the website www.firsteatright.com.
Intelligent & Health: The Classic Glass Connection
We always associate intelligence to better health because such candidates are well-educated mostly, hold good jobs, are well-paid and hence, capable of spending money for quality healthcare and healthy food and above all, possess the knowledge to take right decisions in terms of emergency.
Irrespective of study results, the world acknowledges and respects glass-wearing people to be intelligent, smart, reliable and responsible. That’s one of the reasons why more and more high-profile people including businessmen, celebrities, lawyers, industrialists and other such people have started wearing prescription-less glasses. Call it cool, sophisticated, classy, intelligent or whatever you wish to term the look, the glass on your face does make you deliver the required punch!
Fashion industry which was a foe to glasses until recently has taken a U-turn and started embracing eyewear-all the top brands such as Gucci, Prada and Chanel popularized eyewear using top celebrities. The eyewear industry is one of the most lucrative ones presently due to increasing use of electronic gadgets and is estimated to reach more than $140 billion by 2020.
Next time when someone calls your ‘four-eyed’ take it with pride. The opponent is just ignorant of your intelligence!
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