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A 24-year-old male asked:

I am 4.5 nearsighted both eyes, would it hurt my vision if i don't wear glasses during regular activities?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: If glasses will help you see, wearing them can in fact clarify the vision. But your eyes will do their best whether or not you wear any correction (or the wrong correction for that matter). It will not change your underlying vision to wear or not wear them. It is a personal and not a medical decision.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: Wearing or not wearing glasses has no effect on your eyes. If you are -4.50 and do not wear glasses, you will just be very blurry. By the way, please do not drive without your glasses on. You might kill someone.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
No: It won't hurt your eyes but your distance vision will be terrible.

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