The function and fashion of eyeglasses | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series


Glasses were originally created to overcome physical obstacles, but design evangelist Debbie Millman shares how they turned into a fashion statement.

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  1. 아무것도 안하고 구독자 10명가기 응 says

    It's good ?

  2. Àlex Gómez Parera says

    thank you i learn a lot

  3. Aria says

    Wait till we get iLenses

  4. Chang Leon says


  5. starsAre beautiful says

    I was watching this while literally buying my 5th glasses

  6. Gavin Seipp says

    It's not clear who invented eyeglasses XD

  7. International Harvester says

    Pretty, nerdy chicks with glasses are automatically, exponentially hotter. ? ?

  8. Johny Titor says

    Yeah, EssilorLuxottica's monopoly making crazy money on us.Glasses can have a markup of 1,000% – VOX arcticle: "This week, the Los Angeles Times spoke with two former executives of LensCrafters: Charles Dahan and E. Dean Butler, who founded LensCrafters in 1983. Both admitted that today, glasses are marked up nearly 1,000 percent.""…Still, as the former LensCrafters executives revealed, many glasses really cost about $20 to make."On top of it, most myopia cases are induced by over prescription. Check guys and girls.

  9. Kanwardeep Singh says

    Pap nai moon my no sirf my nai moon has

  10. Jai Cilento I LoveThatGuy ʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋ l Verified l says

    ☼ IVE NEVER HAD A PRESCRIPTION! i have 7 pair. Youre right, ima get a wheelchair & colostomy! lets elevate all devices to fashion!

  11. Blu says

    Been wearing glasses more than half my lifetime, I'm ready to get laser surgery done.

  12. Invox says

    I hate wearing glases. They get dust or they foggy, you can wear them in the rain… Hate it.Sadly I can affort eye surgery and I eard that it doesn't completly solve the problem. So, not great, but it's the best we got.That said, people have told me that I look completly diferent without them. Even comparing the change with Clark Kent and Superman.

  13. Carwyn Davies says

    And here I am watching this video with contacts…

  14. Wong Tik Ki says

    Elevated, yeah, the price too!

  15. zion33 says

    glasses for life…..

  16. Richard Turza says

    To answer your question – no. Why should everything be about fashion statement?

  17. kriti Mishra says

    It is also cellphones and wrist watches

  18. VarenRoth says

    My glasses broke, and this posted within the same hour. I'd squint in suspicion if I wasn't squinting to see this.

  19. Joop Depiet says

    In 2030 everybody is using mahogany walking sticks as a fashion statement

  20. John Sears says

    You are trying too hard to be Vox. Tune down the sound effects. Good sound effects should be like a good puppet master; felt by the audience, controlling the narrative, but flows seamlessly unnoticed. When working your animations, focus on the depth and quality rather than the quantity being exhibited.TED you are all about Technology, Engineering, and DESIGN. Put out works of amazing educational merit that is worthy of your cause and mission.

  21. Crimson Lotus1122 says

    Whoever said "Guys dont make passes at girls with glasses"…Maury Povich determined that was a lie! ??‍♀️??

  22. Mr. Bumblesnuff says

    Too many sound effects. Great vid though

  23. Richard Johnson says

    Always makes me chuckle when you guys call them “eyeglasses” instead of just “glasses”

  24. Tiavor Kuroma says

    my custom built mechanical keyboard is certainly a fashion statement, it's just that not many people will see it.

  25. Ruslan Iskhakov says

    The sound designer is trying too hard.

  26. Nem bo says

    I have contacts, why am I watching this??

  27. Ivan L says

    Any megane fans?

  28. dakota Nobriga says

    I think prosthetics have reached that level. They are a huge fashion accessory for those with them who want to make them so.

  29. Jen Klen says

    Canes can be fashionable! Coming from a girl whose used canes for three years of her life, my canes stood out! ?

  30. A Z U L says

    non glasses users, please put in 144p for better experience

  31. Skeptic2006 says

    Who is watching in 2020 using eyes??! or in past or the future????….

  32. Hugh Evans says

    Pretty meh TED talk. Dosen't really impart any meaningful information

  33. Lara Smith says

    ?I used to think wearing glasses were awesome! Given I have 3 pairs and it’s so not cool

  34. ringlhach says

    I don't know if I'd say that "only" eyeglasses have become this. It's more common than with the other that I can think of off the top of my head, but there is another: the cane.

  35. John Bray says

    Wish they'd separate these videos to a separate stream to the talks. Really not worth watching

  36. Laura P says

    One thing I still don’t get is why we need to pay our prescription lenses and don’t have our healthcare system (here in Germany but I’ve never heard from a country where this is the case) cover it. It seems to be illogical; as the video says we need them to drive, read, walk or live our day to day lives (I have quite the bad vision and I’d never leave the house without my glasses on); anyone got an idea why we still need to pay for our lenses (frames out of the equation, most of them are fashion and a 10€ frame would do to hold them in place, I get that)

  37. sheamus says

    I'd be disabled without glasses

  38. Mellow says

    who ever edited this went a bit overboard on the sound effects

  39. Mehmet Gökoğlu says

    Perfect video, thank you.

  40. chas ames says

    Okay, TED. You set the pace.Teach us about a new field every day.

  41. Pebbw says

    I'm lucky and currently don't require glasses but have always wanted a pair like malcolm x

  42. logicalempiricist2 says

    Morrissey used a hearing aid as a fashion statement.

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