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any ideas why squinting helps you see better?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Changing eyeball: The maneuver compresses the eyeball some and lengthens the distance between the eye lens and the focus spot in the back.This is a simple way to improve nearsightedness. A better choice would be a proper eye exam and glasses if needed.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
I agree, and a "pinhole" effect with squinting helps to see better by eliminating the peripheral defocused rays of light thereby allowing the more central rays to focus more clearly on the retina.
Mar 22, 2014

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Can squinting for long periods cause headaches?

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Dr. Terri Graham
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Squinting: Squinting uses a lot of muscles incorrectly, and is stressful in itself. The posture your body is forced to do in order to squint, can also cause neck strain, thereby causing headaches. In general it isn't considered a healthful act.
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Why does squinting help you see far things better?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Blocks unfocused : Squinting cuts out some of the light that is not properly focused on the retina. It might cause wrinkles, but it won't hurt your vision. Your vision may degrade over time due to age, not due to squinting.
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How does squinting help myopic people see?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Blocks unfocused : Squinting cuts out some of the light that is not properly focused on the retina. It might cause wrinkles, but it won't hurt your vision. Your vision may degrade over time due to age, not due to squinting.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Should i think about getting contact lenses if i find myself squinting a lot?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Contact or eyeglasse: You may need proper eyeglasses or contact lenses.So do it, consult an eye doctor asap.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Why does squinting help you see better?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Narrowing the pictur: By squinting you narrow the picture to a finer point.When you look with an open eye you are looking at a wider picture.So it is due to decrease focal area you are looking through.This is done to compensate for vision problem, glasses will help.

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