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Do reading glasses make your vision worse?

Do reading glasses make your vision worse?

Not at all: Glasses do not worsen the eye's vision. They serve to improve the vision by supplementing the prescription that your eyes need to see sharply. Reading glasses are magnifying lenses that improve the focus of eyes that can no longer focus well on their own. Our ability to focus up close decreases naturally as we age; glasses simply correct for this and don't cause it. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Will your vision slowly get worse if you wear reading glasses constantly?

Will your vision slowly get worse if you wear reading glasses constantly?

Reading glasses: Reading glasses or bifocals are part of aging. It's going to occur. The muscles in the eye that focuses up close weaken and the lens becomes less flexible. When you use reading glasses, these muscles do not have to work as hard, so the weaken more. But this is a normal pattern. It's like buying a pair of pants with a larger waist size, they feel better, but you'll probably never go back ...Read more

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Are reading glasses for distance vision?

Are reading glasses for distance vision?

No: Reading glasses correct presbyopia, which happens with age to everyone. These are "plus" lenses. Plus lenses can also correct hyperopia (farsightedness), so it can help some people's distance vision. "minus" lenses correct myopia (nearsightedness). Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Do reading glasses help correct your vision?

Do reading glasses help correct your vision?

Sort of: Reading glasses are prescribed for those who cannot focus at near usually due to age (presbyopia). They can help you see better. They cannot "correct" the vision in the sense that they do not alter the basic need for glasses. But if you need them, they can be terrific to allow reading and other near work. ...Read more

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Is it bad to wear reading glasses a lot if you have good vision?

Is it bad to wear reading glasses a lot if you have good vision?

No...: ...But it may cause undue strain. Up until the 40s, the eyes can normally focus for near work. By the late 40s, near focus becomes difficult. Reading glasses are essentially magnifiers that help you focus up close. If you can focus up close on your own, there is no reason to use readers, and they can give you headaches. There is no danger, however, in using them. ...Read more

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Will reading glasses benefit me even if my current vision is adequate?

Potentially: You can have normal distance vision, but not ideal reading vision. With aging, many patients with near sightedness (myopia) notice an improvement with distance vision, but a progressively more difficulty reading small print. You can try on some reading glasses (which come in different magnifications) at a store with some small newspaper print. Take care! ...Read more

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Could wearing my +1.25 reading glasses all day harm my vision?

No: Lenses may correct the vision so that you can see more clearly. An eye with uncorrected or even wrongly corrected lenses will do its best but will not be harmed. If the +1.25 lenses help you see better, than by all means keep it up. See your ophthalmologist for the best correction. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear reading glasses even if you have perfect vision?

Is it safe to wear reading glasses even if you have perfect vision?

Yes!: Perfect is relative. You may have perfect uncorrected vision at distance but some presbyopia or difficulty with focusing up close. Readers are recommended. You can't hurt your eyes with them. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my vision is blurry after taking off my reading glasses?

Is it normal that my vision is blurry after taking off my reading glasses?

Not really: Many folks who experience a blurring of their visions t distance after reading for an extended period of time, with or without reading glasses, may benefit from glasses for distance correction as well. This can be a potential sign of latent or residual far-sightedness. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more