Eyewear is often worn by characters on screen. But in some movies, eyewear and vision became much more than fashion accessories — they became part of the story.

Here are some examples. Can you think of more? – Dr. Tracy

THE EYE (2008)

Jessica Alba plays a blind violinist whose cornea transplant to recover her vision leads to visions into the supernatural world….

THEY LIVE (1988)

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that enables him to see that that aliens have taken over the Earth….

TWILIGHT ZONE 1953

“Time Enough at Last” episode: A bank clerk with thick- rimmed glasses dreams to be left alone to read. One day a nuclear bomb goes off, leaving him alone in the world with all the books and time to read. Until he breaks his glasses….

MY COUSIN VINNY (1992)

An eyewitness to a murder loses credibility when the defense lawyer demonstrates to jurists just how out of date her eyeglass prescription really is….

BLINK (1994)

A young woman blind since childhood has surgery that partially restores her sight. Soon after, she views a person leaving the scene of a crime. Would she be a credible witness?

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

In this 1951 Alfred Hitchcock movie, the unforgettable murder scene unfolds through the reflection of eyeglasses of the victim.  Even more notable — Film star Farley Granger was my long time patient!

COMPULSION (1959)

Orson Welles and Dean Stockwell star as two young men who plot out the “perfect” murder crime. The only flaw: a pair of eyeglasses found at the scene of the crime….

LORD OF THE FLIES(1990)

An airplane crashes on a remote island. To stay alive, one of the survivors makes a fire — using the lens of eyeglasses to reflect the sun.