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Is It Safe To Wear Reading Glasses Even If You Have Perfect 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
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
I have prescribed reading glasses. It does not affect my vision when looking in the distance. Is it ok for me to wear them 24/7?
Yes: Weaeing or not wearing them will not affect the health of your eyes. ...Read more
I have perfect vision up close and far away. If I wear reading glasses for fun and just for reading will it do any damage on my eyes?
No damage: But they may not work so well for you to see distance, as they are only useful for near work. ...Read more
I've gotten weird headaches for several years (5 or 6?). My eyes start to hurt & my vision blurs. They hurt & burn until they start fighting to close. Sleep helps correct it. I wear reading glasses & my RX hasn't changed. What's wrong with my eyes?
Is it safe to use reading glasses for close-up blurrry vision while I go to see my eye Doc? I'm 21 and I've been having vision problems for a month.
If they help: You see then go ahead and use them until you get things adjusted with your eye doc. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
Maybe: There have been some surgical procedures attempted in the past that never really became popular in the us for correction of presbyopia (or the need for reading glasses). Of course, available options now include monovison with wearing a contact lens in one eye or having refractive surgery in one eye for reading or cataract surgery with placement of a multifocal implant lens. ...Read more
No: Eyeglasses do not change eyes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Shouldn't: All depends on what you define as perfect vision. If that has been assessed by an eye care provider, then reading glasses are merely extra magnification and shouldn't interfere with your vision. However, if you have any residual farsightedness or other type of prescription at distance, sometimes this can become more manifest, or noticeable, after wearing reading glasses. ...Read more
Vision suddenly blurry for near objects. Wearing reading glasses to see somewhat but still not 100%. Feeling pressure in my head too. Possible cause?
Near sighted, -1.00, 20/40 distance acuity. Is my vision still good enough so I won't need reading glasses?
For awhile: Near vision changes typically occur around age 40-45 and progress into our late 60's, called presbyopia. Nearsightedness does help the reading vision even into those early years, but because presbyopia progresses a -1.00 will eventually not be strong enough. ...Read more
Yes: Reading glasses simply change the plane of focus of your eyes from distance to near. That's why they help with reading. Removing the glasses moves the plane of focus back to distance. When we're younger, we can do that ourselves with the lenses in our eyes. Usually, in your 40s, you start to lose that ability and need glasses to help. ...Read more
Perhaps: At age 46, presbyopia, the hardening of the lens which disturbs focusing at near - is inevitable. Reading glasses can help with the clarity for print and small objects. If you have these needs, the glasses will help. If you don't wear the glasses, you will struggle - but either way the eyes will do their best and whether or not you wear glasses, the eyes will not change from their destiny. ...Read more
I'm myopic I do practice plus lense therapy for eg. I use reading glasses for close work like reading, surfing net etc, can it harm my vision?
It's ok.: This is a hotly debated topic. Do people who read more become progressively more nearsighted? And if they do, is it because of the extensive reading? No clear answer, but your doing no harm. ...Read more
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