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Not for geeks

SEETHA SRIKANTH

Not for geeks

Harry Potter has done it again.

One optician in the U.K. reports that more kids are turning up for eye tests since the release of Harry Potter movies. A famous spectacles maker has in fact introduced "Harry Potter Glasses". There is an "invisible" HP symbol on the lens and when the glass gets dirty or foggy, the symbol can be seen. Many kids think this " magic" is cool!

Not for geeks

The theory "All boys who wear glasses are geeks" or "Men will not make passes at girls who wear glasses," is surely taking a beating.

Not for geeks

Reading stones: Spectacles had their beginnings sometime in the 13th century, though primitive versions have been reported earlier. Until then the few people who read, either gave up if their vision was poor or used a "reading stone" (piece of crystal or glass globe filled with water) to make the letters on a page look bigger.

Not for geeks

Why wear glasses? Two common problems that require spectacles are short sight (inability to see objects far away) and long sight (inability to see things near by). These happen because the lens in your eye or the cornea (the clear layer on your eyeball) is positioned a little differently, so that things seen at specific distances appear a little blurred.

Smart frames: If you have been prescribed spectacles, you can get a pair that makes you look smart, not stupid. Choose a frame that is not dark and heavy. The frame should sit on the bridge of your face and not slip down. Round faces look better with angular frames and squarish faces look good with frames that are curved slightly. Choose a frame with spring hinges that will stretch as your face grows.

Not for geeks

Aerospace stuff: Lenses have become thinner, lighter with scratchproof coatings. Apart from glass or plastic a material called polycarbonate is also used to make spectacles today. It was first used in the helmet visors of Apollo astronauts. This material does not shatter easily.

Dos and don'ts: Wear your spectacles regularly. When taking them off, do it with both hands, so that the frame is not pulled in one direction. Never leave them face down on the floor or table. Wash your spectacles every day in clean water.

Not for geeks

Golden specs: Glasses are also considered fashionable. Many fashion houses like Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Nike, Donna Karan, Tag Huer, Chloe, Gucci and Walt Disney make prescription glasses. Cartier even makes them in precious metals like gold and titanium.

Goodbye to glasses?

As you grow older, you may check with your ophthalmologist if laser surgery or contact lenses can be advised for you. But don't be in a hurry. Maintaining contact lenses can be quite a responsibility too!

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