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A 47-year-old member asked:

is it better to wear glasses than contacts?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
No difference: If your eyes are normal and can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses to good vision, then there is no difference between the two. If your cornea is abnormal, vision is often better with contact lenses. Glasses wear does decrease peripheral vision some but not to a clinically significant amount.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can an md who is not an ophthalmologist write a prescription for getting eyeglasses?

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What happens if I wear higher prescription eyeglasses than my actual prescription?

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At most a headache: Nothing bad will happen to your eyes if your wear a prescription that doesn't match the refractive error in your eyes. All glasses do is bend light and if it's the wrong glasses for you, the light won't be bent correctly to allow you to see properly. It may give you a headache and cause eye strain, but that's the worst that should happen to you.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are eyeglasses called that have only the upper halves for distance and no lower halves?

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Dr. Daniel Bustos
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Single vision glasse: If there is only distance lenses in the upper half of the glasses, they are single vision distance glasses. If there is a bottom portion they are called bifocals. If there is an intermediate section between both of these sections they are called trifocals.

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