A 12-year-old male asked:
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i it bad for my 12 year old to wear reading glasses even if he has 20/20 vision?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
38 years experience Family Medicine
Reading glasses: Why does he wear reading glasses? Were they prescribed for him? Does he need them for near vision? Perhaps his eyes are 20/20 for far vision but not for near vision. Ask his eye doc about the situation.
Answered on Nov 24, 2019
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Dr. David Chandler
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Should be a reason: Children have a tremendous focusing ability, but sometimes there is a problem where focusing to read can cause the eyes to turn in more than necessary. Reading glasses can help this. There should be a specific reason that the doctor recommended using reading glasses based on the eye examination.
Answered on Jan 3, 2018
Dr. Tim Conrad
34 years experience Ophthalmology
No: It will not harm his eyes. Over-the-counter reading glasses are good magnifiers and make it easier to see close objects, . They can be useful to anyone, even children, for this purpose. If your child wears them alot, it is possible they need glasses and an eye exam is advised.
Answered on Feb 5, 2016
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