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Glasses (Overview)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision or protect the eyes.


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Does irregular use of glasses worsen eyesight?

Does irregular use of glasses worsen eyesight?

Not at all: Glasses are like crutches - their job is not to heal you, only to help you with what you've got. The eye's prescription is essentially a product of its shape; glasses correct the prescription caused by the eye's shape, but do not cause the eye's shape to change for the better or for the worse. In young children there is a possibility of worsening vision from not using glasses, however. ...Read more

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Glasses (Overview)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision or protect the eyes.


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What are the causes of a child to go from good eyesight to needing glasses?

What are the causes of a child to go from good eyesight to needing glasses?

Eye growth: The eye can compensate for errors of refraction in many cases from infancy to young age. But as the body grows, so does the eye and eyeglass needs commonly develop. Also the child can in this circumstance have the sophistication to realize he/she does not see so well. See your pediatric ophthalmologist to evaluate this. ...Read more

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How do I get my new glasses covered by insurance?

How do I get my new glasses covered by insurance?

Vision insurance.: Most vision insurance is separate from health insurance policies. This covers glasses, eye exams, etc. You will need to call your vision carrier - they have their own certain ways for you to get reimbursed for your glasses purchase. And usually the only cover part of the glasses' full cost. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could your eyesight improve natually so that you no longer need your glasses?

Could your eyesight improve natually  so that you no longer need your glasses?

Second Sight: Most of the time, the answer is no. A small subset of the population, that has low-power or latent hyperopia, will go through a period when the near vision improves spontaneously as a cataract develops and causes a myopic shift. This situation is not very common, but can essentially neutralize the effect of presbyopia. A routine eye examination is indicated. See index of refraction of the lens. ...Read more

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I have never worn glasses and my vision is pretty good (but not perfect) - am I making my vision worse by not getting glasses?

I have never worn glasses and my vision is pretty good (but not perfect) -  am I making my vision worse by not getting glasses?

Not at all: Glasses do not strengthen or weaken your vision; they simply provide your eyes with better focus. You may see and feel better with a pair of glasses (especially when driving), but as long as you are comfortable and your vision is within your state's legal limits for driving, you do not have to wear glasses. ...Read more

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What tests do I need to get the appropriate glasses؟?

What tests do I need to get the appropriate glasses؟?

Refraction: Best care for this is an ophthalmologist who will measure your need for eyeglasses and take into consideration the history of eye problems, general health and your visual needs. The process for the power of the glasses is termed 'refraction' and you will be given an eyeglass or contact lens prescription. ...Read more

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Which is more effective contacts or glasses?

Depends on age: Depends on age , the health of the eye and the need for bifocals. There are bifocal contacts, but they do not perform as well as glasses. Yet in eyes with irregularly shaped corneas, contacts will clear vision in a way that no glasses ever can. For most ordinary cases, they function relatively the same. Probably your best answer will come from your own experience and guidance of your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of contacts vs glasses?

What are the pros and cons of contacts vs  glasses?

Both work well: Contacts give a more natural perception of your environment, without frame edge limitations, or minification of objects you look at. Contacts must be fit to your specific eye shape and prescription. Getting use to a contact lens on the eye may take some time, however , with modern lenses this is not usually a problem. ...Read more

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Will sunlight spoil my glasses?

No: Most glasses are designed to block ultraviolet light and will protect your eyes. Sunlight won't damage the lenses with ordinary exposure. Some very old plastic lenses may oxidize and turn yellowish but in general, glasses lenses are designed to resist photodegradation. ...Read more

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How do I fill in scratches in glasses?

You can't: Anything you put on to attempt to cover a scratch will degrade the optics of your lenses. ...Read more

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