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Where can I buy pinhole glasses?

Where can I buy pinhole glasses?

Pinhole glasses: can be purchased on line. Has your vision been checked by an optometrist so that your specific needs are delineated? ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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How effective is pinhole glasses to near sightedness?

How effective is pinhole glasses to near sightedness?

Minimal help: Pinhole glasses will clear up any refractive error so your nearsightedness will improve. But the down side, other than the weird appearance, is that there is a massive drop in the total light input and a restriction in the peripheral field of view, so the pin hole glasses are a good diagnostic test but not a practical solution. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if pinhole glasses work then how long does it take to work?

Could you tell me if pinhole glasses work then how long does it take to work?

Instantly: Pinhole glasses work because they allow only the light to the center of the eye. They are limited by little or no peripheral vision and requiring lots of light. They are mostly a gimmick. ...Read more

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I lost my glasses and I don't even know how I lost it, but I have pinhole glasses. Can I use this in my school? It improves my vision?

I lost my glasses and I don't even know how I lost it, but I have pinhole glasses. Can I use this in my school? It improves my vision?

Sort of: Pinhole can give you clear vision but cuts out much of the light (and they look a little odd). This might be a temporary solution until you get new eyeglasses. ...Read more

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Do pinhole glasses help for poor vision?

Do pinhole glasses help for poor vision?

Sometimes: If the reason for your poor vision is a refractive error (i.e., can be corrected with glasses), then many times pinhole glasses can improve vision. The reason is that the pinhole only lets one ray of light through a hole, so there is theoretically no focal point where multiple light rays converge, and thus the single ray is 'in focus' at any point along it. They don't work for cataracts, etc. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could pinhole glasses hurt/damage one's eyes?

Thoughts? Could pinhole glasses hurt/damage one's eyes?

No: Wearing or not wearing glasses, including pinhole glasses, will not damage eyes. Pinhole glasses provide better visual acuity at the cost of poor or non-existent side vision and need for lots of light to see. ...Read more

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I am -5 near sighted. Could the pinhole glasses treatment be effective to me?

No: Pinhole glasses available on the internet and in stores are not a proper treatment for nearsightedness and are unsafe to use. They are only used in an eye exam to estimate the presence of refractive error. Please get an eye esam and have a great day! ...Read more

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I have seen a lot of mixed opinions on if pinhole glasses will help one's eyes, but will wearing them do any harm?

I have seen a lot of mixed opinions on if pinhole glasses will help one's eyes, but will wearing them do any harm?

No harm: Pinhole glasses only allow the image to be projected through the center of your cornea and lens where no refractive error will blur the image. This does no harm, but also won't help your underlying refractive error. ...Read more

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Can pinhole glasses help improve eyesight or reduce eye strain?

Can pinhole glasses help improve eyesight or reduce eye strain?

Blurry vision: Pinhole glasses, like squinting, help to refine your focus generally with distance viewing. The pinholes limit the amount of light entering your eyes and therefore are not practical way of helping your vision. The ophthalmologist uses pinhole acuity to help determine whether a refractive error exists. The pinhole glasses are harmless. Better approach is just getting a refraction for glasses. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever tried using pinhole eyeglasses to prevent their eyesight from worsening?

Has anyone ever tried using pinhole eyeglasses to prevent their eyesight from worsening?

Yes, in the past: In fact, pinhole eyeglasses were often used a few hundred years ago. The problem with the pinhole is that it makes things appear dimmer, reduces peripheral vision, and just as with all glasses, cannot prevent or stop vision changes. A person would have better focus only while wearing the glasses, but the above side effects make pinhole glasses impractical. ...Read more

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