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What Happens When You Wear Glasses For Long Time
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
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
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
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
If you wear glasses all the time and you take them off for a shower and you become like off balanced feeling?
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
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?
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
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
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
Whether to wear glasses all the time or just for driving, when having a astigmatism. Which is better?
Wear glasses: If you want to see better. You will not help or hurt your eyes if you wear them or not wear them. ...Read more
Am a high myope, uncorrected. I do wear glasses. Can my distance vision actually get better on its own over time?
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
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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