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If you wear glasses for a long time, how will it affect the condition of your eyes?

If you wear glasses for a long time, how will it affect the condition of your eyes?

You will see better: Think of the eye as a camera, and glasses as a new lens; the camera does not wear out because the lens was changed. We tend to think that glasses or contacts can make the eyes weaker and more dependant on them. In fact, the eyes do not "wear out" when the proper prescription lenses are used - you just see better! You may also have less strain and fewer tension headaches caused by squinting. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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How much time should I wear glasses?

How much time should I wear glasses?

When you need them: Based on your vision requirements. If you are driving, wear the glasses. If you are lounging on the couch, you don't need to. Be well. ...Read more

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Do I need to wear glasses all the time?

Do I need to wear glasses all the time?

No: For most eyeglasses provide improved vision and you will want to wear them to see better. For a few the eyeglasses provide corrections of things like eye misalignment in which case you will need to wear them. Not wearing the glasses for most cases simply prevents you from seeing clearly but does no harm to the eyes. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to wear glasses all the time?

Is it healthy to wear glasses all the time?

Better vision: Spectacles, with proper prescription, correct the refractive error of your eyes. The benefits to wearing them is for clear vision. There is no downside to clear vision. Wear them when your vision requires the benefits of enhanced vision. ...Read more

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Can your vision get worst if you wear glasses over time?

Can your vision get worst if you wear glasses over time?

No: This is a common misconception. Wearing glasses to correct refractive error does not make your vision worse or increase your refractive error over time. Refractive error is an imbalance between the length of your eye and it's optical power. Glasses simply compensate for that imbalance. ...Read more

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If you wear glasses long enough, will your vision improve?

If you wear glasses long enough, will your vision improve?

Unlikely: If used for near sightedness or farsightedness or astigmatism, then if vision does improve, chances are it is unrelated to the glasses. Glasses help compensate for poor vision, but do not treat the underlying problems that lead to poor vision. ...Read more

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Can your eyesight improve if you wear glasses all the time?

Can your eyesight improve if you wear glasses all the time?

Not at your age.: Glasses may only improve the best corrected vision in a child under the age of 10. After this age glasses only improve your vision when you wear them. ...Read more

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How can it feel like when you wear glasses for the first time?

Like you can see: For most people, there are no symptoms when wearing glasses for the first time (or changing glasses). A few people have a feeling of distortion or dizziness that usually goes away by continuing to wear the glasses for a few weeks. If you get nauseated or get a headache, then return to the place you got the glasses for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have to wear glasses all the time, will this make my vision worse?

I have to wear glasses all the time, will this make my vision worse?

No: The eyes will not change for better or worse because you correct the vision with glasses. So not wearing them will have no effect except to force you to see things blurry all the time. Wearing them will clarify the vision but not alter the basic power. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how it feel when you wear glasses for the first time?

Great!: Most patients love their first pair of glasses since the new clarity of vision is remarkable. If the glasses correct astigmatism some may note the ground or floor feeling like it's tilting but this passes very quickly. ...Read more

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If you wear glasses all the time and you take them off for a shower and you become like off balanced feeling?

Yes: Often the vision changes and the eyes take a minute to try to focus, get use to it, and change your balance. Get glasses with windshield wipers on them and use them in the shower. ...Read more

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I wear glasses, sometimes I don't wear them, either way my vision at night time is wrose off then day time, does that mean anything?

I wear glasses, sometimes I don't wear them, either way my vision at night time is wrose off then day time, does that mean anything?

Night vision: Most people see worse at night than by day. This is common for a few reasons. For one, many people are more near-sighted at night, since it is harder to pick a point of focus. Also, at night people rely more on the rods than the cones in their eyes, and rods are not as good at perceiving sharp details. If you cannot see at all during the night, this might indicate a true eye disease... ...Read more

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I am short sighted and was told to wear glasses for lectures. But I can't identify people's faces. Should I wear glasses all the time?

I am short sighted and was told to wear glasses for lectures. But I can't identify people's faces. Should I wear glasses all the time?

Your preference: At your age, wearing glasses will not cause your eyes to worsen. They will only enable you to see better. Your choice, see better all the time, or just some of the time. ...Read more

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I wear spectacles of power -0.75. Should I wear glasses all the time?

I wear spectacles of power -0.75. Should I wear glasses all the time?

Depends: This power can be worn all of the time, but many who need this slight correction wear glasses only to see better when conditions are not good, like driving in the rain or at night or attending a ball game (unless you have really good seats). ...Read more

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Is it advisable to wear glasses all the time if nearsighted?

Is it advisable to wear glasses all the time if nearsighted?

To see best, yes.: Otherwise you can wear contact lenses. You don't do any harm to your eyes by not wearing glasses or contacts however. See you eye doctor. ...Read more

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As a presbyopic, do I need to wear glasses all the time?

No: Depends on the distance and font size. Presbyopes typically have loss of accommodation (variable amounts based on age), so they need extra help to focus on tiny things at near with reading glasses. ...Read more

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Is it bad to wear glasses meant for driving all the time?

Not to my knowledge: As long as you achieve clear ; comfortable vision, it should be fine to use whenever you wish. ...Read more

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How long after septoplasty do I have to wait to wear glasses again?

Glasses no problem: A standard septoplasty shouldn't affect your ability to wear glasses after surgery. A rhinoplasty in which your nasal bones are broken can cause temporary issues though. ...Read more

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Will I need to wear glasses all the time if I have bad astigmatism?

Will I need to wear glasses all the time if I have bad astigmatism?

Yes: If you want to see well

No if you don't mind being blurred.

At age 44 you cannot damage your eyes by not wearing your prescription. ...Read more

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Do I need to wear glasses all the time if I have astigmatism (bad astigmatism)?

Do I need to wear glasses all the time if I have astigmatism (bad astigmatism)?

Why not contacts or: Contact lenses can treat high degrees of astigmatism as can toric intraocular lens implants. A specialist in astigmatic contact lens fitting may be needed. Clear lens extraction with a toric intraocular lens is controversial. ...Read more

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Vision 20/30 & 20/25, with astigmatism. Is it recommended to wear glasses all the time or as needed? Google shows with astigmatism all the time.

Vision 20/30 & 20/25, with astigmatism. Is it recommended to wear glasses all the time or as needed? Google shows with astigmatism all the time.

When helpful: Astigmatism causes a little visual distortion at distance unless the amount is very high. Glasses are worn to improve visual clarity. The only downside of not wearing them is that you might see things less clearly. There is no harm or help from the standpoint of eye health whether you wear them continuously or only when you need the clarity. ...Read more

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What prescription makes nearsighted people wear glasses all the time?

What prescription makes nearsighted people wear glasses all the time?

Vision improvement: The use of glasses enhances the clarity of vision. There is no dividing line medically but the higher the power needed, the more likely the wearer will be happy with the visual clarity. ...Read more

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Once you wear glasses full time, does your prescription really matter anymore?

Glasses Rx Matters!: A glasses prescription is unique to every individual. Some people are near-sighted while others are far-sighted. Some people need glasses only for reading (especially after age 40). It would be very difficult for someone who needs glasses to wear someone else's unless the prescriptions are close to each other. Also, it's important to have the rx checked every year or two to check for changes. ...Read more

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Am a high myope, uncorrected. I do wear glasses. Can my distance vision actually get better on its own over time?

Am a high myope, uncorrected. I do wear glasses. Can my distance vision actually get better on its own over time?

Probably not.: Generally, one gets nearsighted between the ages of 5 to 15, gets worse until the late teens or early 20s and then stabilizes. It usually does not get better. Wearing or not wearing glasses will not change the outcome. ...Read more

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Lately my eyes feel over worked. Not on PC much, or watching tv. I wear glasses, always cleaned. It hurts now at times. What can I do? Bed time helps

Lately my eyes feel over worked. Not on PC much, or watching tv. I wear glasses, always cleaned. It hurts now at times. What can I do? Bed time helps

Over-Minus: Many nearsighted people choose a slight over-minus refraction (i.e. Smaller and darker) for distance in the manifest refraction. If so, a little tonic accommodation is required to see clearly at distance. However, this adds to the burden of presbyopia, which typically starts in the fifth decade of life. Return for a spectacle upgrade, back off on the minus, consider a bifocal and use task lighting. ...Read more

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My eyes hurts because I left my contacts in for too long. Should I wear glasses today?

Yes: Leaving your contacts in too long is very dangerous. It can result in infections that can cause permanent loss of vision and the first sign is eye pain. If you are a contact lenses wearer and your eyes hurt, the first thing to do is remove your contacts. And, as a side note, never sleep in your contacts. ...Read more

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Do people who wear glasses full-time have healthier eyes due to the constant uv protection?

Maybe: Some studies have shown a link between cataracts and sunlight exposure but the cornea absorbs most of the uv. Regardless, uv protection is a good thing to have and is incorporated into most glasses and contact lenses. ...Read more

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