Seeing the positives: Short-sighted people are brainier than those with 20/20 vision say scientists
- Research carried out by a German university found a link between intelligence and those who are nearsighted
- Study gave nearly 3,500 people a sight test and an intelligence test
- There was also a close link between education level and intelligence
Glasses wearers, like Helen Flanagan, are smarter than those with perfect vision, say scientists in Germany
Glasses-wearers are smarter than those with perfect vision, according to researchers at Mainz University in Germany.
According to The Times, scientists in the department of ophthalmology at the German university found that short-sighted people were more likely to be brighter and better educated than people who don't need glasses.
Researchers were investigating the increase in myopia across Europe, which is as high as 50 per cent in groups of professionals over the age of 40.
The study looked at 3,452 people, giving them eye examinations and intelligence tests and recorded their age and level of investigation.
The research paper said: 'A higher cognitive ability was identified in myopes compared with non-myopes.'
But the research also drew the link between intelligence and time in education, which involves a lot of 'near-work' and can affect eye health
But the experts said there was a closer link between intelligence levels and length of time spent in education.
Duration of education is also linked with near-work, where proximity to books and screens can have an impact on eye health.
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