World Sight Day: 7 Stylish Celeb-Inspired Glasses

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis in New York City. Photo: Dominik Bindl/Getty Images.

World Sight Day (Oct. 11) is observed annually every second Thursday of October and is global campaign from the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring awareness to blindness and vision impairment.

In recognition of the day, optical retailer conducted an online poll with Canadians across the country who wear prescription glasses and hold a valid driver’s license. Their findings revealed that we sometimes take unnecessary risks when driving without corrective eyewear.

One in four people in the poll revealed they drove at least twice in the last 12 months without their prescription glasses on trips shorter than 30 minutes — including running everyday errands, like buying groceries. One in three admitted to driving to work without their eyewear and 21 per cent of Canadians admitted to driving on the highway in the last 12 months without wearing their prescription eyewear at all.

So perhaps this is the perfect day to make a promise to always wear your glasses or contact lenses when driving — or perhaps buy a spare pair to keep in your car at all times.

For some eyewear style inspiration, we look at some boomer celebs who proudly wear their glasses, whether working or on the red carpet.

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Annette Bening, 60

The award-winning actress is known for her extensive array of eyewear. This particular pair features frames which are the palest of blushes, almost rendering them colourless. The effect is almost as if she’s not wearing glasses at all — the perfect solution for those who don’t want their eyewear to distract from their face or outfit.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, 59

The actress was spotted in New York this week to discuss the latest Halloween movie, in which she returns to her iconic role 40 years after her star-making turn in the 1978 original. These dark and heavy-looking frames can often look overpowering on certain faces. However, they work well on Curtis because of a few strong style elements she is sporting. The glasses complement her striking siren-red tailored suit and the shape of the frames is graphic — very much like her short, sharp, bold hairstyle.

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Colin Firth, 58

The British actor’s frames have a cool retro vibe, but they’re also surprisingly versatile. They can look elegant with an evening look — like this red carpet statement above — or you can picture him looking like a youthful hipster if he pairs them with jeans or sweats.

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Demi Moore, 55

When your dark locks are waist length and you’re sporting a pantsuit in a floral print, it makes sense that your eyewear should follow in a similar bold eye-catching vein.

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Oprah Winfrey, 64

The media mogul has a wide range of eyewear and here she shows you can wear a decorative pair of glasses without it looking ostentatious. The gold filigree design along the temples and handles of her glasses is delicate without being overbearing.

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Diane Keaton, 72

There are others that prefer a more low-key approach when it comes to eyewear. If you’re that type of person, these frameless wire glasses, such as the ones worn by Keaton, convey a demure and discrete approach to style.

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Ted Danson, 70

Here’s the proof that a preppy style of spectacles is not just for the young and studious. The former Cheers star’s classic frames also show they can provide a clean-cut professional image.