A recent study in the Journal of Vision and Rehabilitation has revealed that black-rimmed glasses are not only safe but can be an effective way to help people with disabilities.
Researchers led by Dr. Michael Kocher from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study participants who wore a pair of black glasses that are commonly worn by people with vision disabilities.
“The images showed that the participants’ brain activity was consistent with the visual perception of the glasses,” Kochel told ABC News.
“The glasses did not interfere with their perception of objects and were perceived as an alternative to traditional glasses.”
The glasses were worn by participants who had a total of 14 different types of vision impairments including dyslexia, amblyopia, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.
“This is one of the first studies showing that people with severe vision impairions are able to wear these glasses without interfering with their vision,” said Dr. Joseph J. Hough, a professor of medicine at the University College London.
The study was published in the journal Vision.