NEARLY half of children in the North East who wear glasses have been subjected to bullying or teasing, according to a new report.
But eight of 10 kids in the region believe that celebrity spectacle-wearers, such as Justin Bieber, Tinie Tempah and Rihanna, are helping to put an end to the problem.
A quarter of school children in the North East felt forced to hide their specs because they are embarrassed about them.
Thirteen per cent said they would prefer to squint at the whiteboard, rather than wear their glasses in the classroom.
The Vision Express survey also found that two in five parents of primary school students have never taken their child for an eye test, with 13 per cent of them fearing the youngster would be teased if they wore glasses.