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A 38-year-old member asked:

how does squinting help someone see better?

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Dr. Yuri Mckee
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Pinhole effect: If you are nearsighted squinting will cause a pinhole effect, which will allow you to focus on light rays that pass directly through the center of the cornea and lens, thus eliminating some of the light rays that are not in focus on your retina. You might need a thin pair of glasses for your best vision, especially for driving at night.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

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 33-year-old member asked:

I am getting headaches from squinting. Why?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Needs eyes checked: Since you are squinting to see, you may need glasses, so have it checked with eye doctor.

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