According to a report Friday by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, President Lee Myung-bak has started wearing eyeglasses after cataract surgery on his right eye February 13, and his new image has gained him popularity for appearing gentler。
The report said Lee has to wear the glasses for at least two weeks, as suggested by his doctor。
Lee aroused heated discussion after he wore a pair of brown-frame glasses to attend a midday banquet Thursday at Blue House, hosted by the Grand National Party。
The highest-ranking committee member in the Grand National Party, Huh Tae-youl, said, "Many people said that it is good (for Lee) to wear glasses."
Other lawmakers agreed。
Employees at the Blue House also said, "Glasses make the president's sharp image much gentler."
The Asian Economic Journal said that wearing glasses has helped change Lee's image among South Korean people. The late former South Korean presidents, Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Dae-jung, had done facial beauty treatments while in power。
As the high praise for the glasses appears widespread, consultants in the president's Blue House suggested that Lee wear glasses when there is a need to show his gentle side。
Opponents said, however, that wearing glasses will weaken the leaders' charisma。
It has been reported that Lee does not plan to wear glasses all the time. He said that he will stick to wearing or not wearing them, rather than wearing them occasionally。