According to researchers, yes. Reading glasses make a person look older. And nerdy. Good news is they also make us look intelligent.
Wearing reading glasses is perceived, according to researchers, as a sign of maturity and that a person is getting older. How much older? According to studies, a person may look 3 or 4 years older if wearing reading glasses. That is why some people opt for contact lenses. They wish to improve their vision, yet still look their actual age, not older.
However, there are people who don’t mind being perceived older. Sometimes they do want to look older than they are. Or intelligent or nerdy, for that matter.
It’s all a matter of style and… of personal choice.