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27th Jun '16 3:21:11 AM erforce
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* The [[MadScientist title character]] of ''Dr. Cyclops''. He can't see at all without his coke-bottle spectacles; that's why he summoned the team of scientists to his island, because he needed to use a microscope to perfect his shrinking device, and couldn't use one while wearing them. His miniaturized victims try to take advantage of this by breaking them. They only manage to break one lens, but that blinds him enough for them to trick him into chasing them to a mineshaft, where he plummets to his death.

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* The [[MadScientist title character]] of ''Dr. Cyclops''.''Film/DrCyclops''. He can't see at all without his coke-bottle spectacles; that's why he summoned the team of scientists to his island, because he needed to use a microscope to perfect his shrinking device, and couldn't use one while wearing them. His miniaturized victims try to take advantage of this by breaking them. They only manage to break one lens, but that blinds him enough for them to trick him into chasing them to a mineshaft, where he plummets to his death.
2nd Jun '16 8:15:16 PM Premonition45
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* A [[UrbanLegend supposedly true story]] about Music/EltonJohn is that he had perfect vision when he was young. He started wearing eyeglasses to emulate Buddy Holly... and now 40 some years of glasses wearing have ruined his eyes to the point where he legitimately needs those glasses.

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* A [[UrbanLegend supposedly true story]] about Music/EltonJohn is that he had perfect vision when he was young. He started wearing eyeglasses to emulate Buddy Holly...Music/BuddyHolly... and now 40 some years of glasses wearing have ruined his eyes to the point where he legitimately needs those glasses.
19th May '16 8:08:10 AM mynameisntslick
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* ''Film/StrawDogs2011'': the male protagonist, although it's done poorly and not even referenced until his glasses are knocked off during the climax.
16th May '16 9:50:25 PM SSJMagus
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* Exemplified in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' by Geordi [=LaForge=], who actually ''is'' blind without his VISOR. (Technically, he is still blind even ''with'' it. However, the visor lets him perceive his surroundings in other ways that make his "sight" superior to most humans.)

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* Exemplified in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' by Geordi [=LaForge=], who actually ''is'' blind without his VISOR. (Technically, he is still blind even ''with'' it. However, the visor lets him perceive his surroundings in other ways that make his "sight" superior to most humans.)humans, allowing him to "see" infrared and ultraviolet as well as the narrow "visible light" spectrum that human eyes are limited to.)
** Averted as of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', where he's replaced the VISOR with [[ElectronicEyes cybernetic eyes]] that allow him to ''choose'' which parts of the EM spectrum he sees at any given time, as well as adding features like telescopic zoom (and allowing Creator/LeVarBurton to dispense with the very uncomfortable VISOR prop).
16th May '16 2:30:26 PM beergood
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* John Lydon of Music/SexPistols had meningitis as a child, which affected his eyesight. That classic stare? That's him trying to focus.
5th May '16 7:35:15 PM Tightwire
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astigmatism_%28eye%29 Astigmatism]] is a defect in the shape of the lens or cornea that prevents a sharp image from being projected on the retina, making vision blurry regardless of distance.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astigmatism_%28eye%29 Astigmatism]] is a defect in the shape of the lens or cornea that prevents a sharp image from being projected on the retina, making vision blurry regardless of distance. The unusual shape of their eyeball also makes it very difficult for them to wear contact lenses.
23rd Apr '16 12:27:49 AM SuperEquality07
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In animation, when such a character's glasses are lost, their eyes shrink down to pinpoints, which indicates either that they are squinting to see, or to point out the jarring real life effect of seeing someone who has huge eyes when seen through heavily magnified glasses without their glasses. An anime variation on this is usually represented with the character's eyes being replaced by 3's or '''[[{{Emoticon}} 3_3]]''', which is another stylization of squinting.

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In animation, when such a character's glasses are lost, their eyes usually shrink down to pinpoints, which indicates either that they are squinting to see, or to point out the jarring real life effect of seeing someone who has huge eyes when seen through heavily magnified glasses without their glasses. An anime variation on this is usually represented with the character's eyes being replaced by 3's or '''[[{{Emoticon}} 3_3]]''', which is another stylization of squinting.


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People who are legally blind without their glasses are a Real Life example of this trope.
20th Apr '16 12:35:10 PM 123MannCoBox
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::They then grab each others' glasses and...

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::They *They then grab each others' glasses and...
20th Apr '16 12:33:45 PM 123MannCoBox
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-->'''Velma:''' My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!\\

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-->'''Velma:''' My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!\\glasses!
12th Apr '16 4:20:51 PM SuperEquality07
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Note: The legal term "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindness legally blind]]" is ''with corrective lenses'' (per linked article). Saying you are "legally blind without your glasses" is absurd.

Further note: because special lenses are needed to keep eyeglasses from flashing stage lights, and reflecting filming equipment, any time an actor wears glasses, it's a character choice, and the glasses are special stage glasses, which the actor may or may not need. If an actor needs corrective lenses, and it's deemed wrong for the character, the actor has to do without, or wear contacts.

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Note: The legal term "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindness legally blind]]" is ''with corrective lenses'' (per linked article). Saying you are "legally blind without your glasses" is absurd.

Further note:
because special lenses are needed to keep eyeglasses from flashing stage lights, and reflecting filming equipment, any time an actor wears glasses, it's a character choice, and the glasses are special stage glasses, which the actor may or may not need. If an actor needs corrective lenses, and it's deemed wrong for the character, the actor has to do without, or wear contacts.
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