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Could wearing power-less spectacles also affect one's eye health and eyesight?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
No: No. This should not cause a problem.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
No relationship: A significant portion of the population wears powerless sunglasses for sun protection and has no eyesight change. If you want to wear regular eyeglasses with no power in them (some do for safety reasons) then go ahead and don't worry about your eyesight.
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Yes and No: Under the age of 10 when the visual system is still developing it is essential to wear the correct prescription. Over that age, wearing the wrong prescription will not damage your eyes, you just won't see as well.

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