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Doctor insights on: What Is The Cutoff For Needing Glasses Nearsighted

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Nearsighted. How often should you need new glasses?

Nearsighted. How often should you need new glasses?

Progresses: Nearsightedness (myopia) mostly starts in late childhood and adolescence with progression at a gradually slower rate through the mid 20's. For a while you might see better with glasses every two years but less frequently as you age. You may find the one you get at age 25 is the last change until you hit middle age stuff at age 40.

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How long does nearsighted person usually go without needing glasses for driving test?

How long does nearsighted person usually go without needing glasses for driving test?

Depends: It all depends on your visual acuity test at the dmv. If you score low enough, the dmv will require that you get glasses/contacts before being issued a license and it will be marked on your license that you are required to wear corrective lenses whenever driving.

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When should nearsighted people wear their glasses?

When should nearsighted people wear their glasses?

Depends: This depends on the amount of nearsightedness. Some need their glasses all the time in order to function, others can go without them unless they need distant objects to be a little clearer.

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What will happen if I wear my nearsighted glasses when reading?

Age dependent: If you are under 40, you should be able to read through your glasses. Over 40 you may run into near vision problems (presbyopia) which can require a bifocal or sometimes removal of the eyeglasses to see at near.

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I got glasses for nearsighted about 3 months, should I get lenses now?

I got glasses for nearsighted about 3 months, should I get lenses now?

Depends: Depend on if you use you glasses full time and if you don't like using a spectacle correction. If you use glasses only part time it probably doesn't make sense to use a contact lens full time.

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I'm nearsighted but I want to improve my vision. I have glasses but to see from far. Do glasses help vision over time or at all since its only for far?

I'm nearsighted but I want to improve my vision. I have glasses but to see from far. Do glasses help vision over time or at all since its only for far?

Glasses: If you need glasses to see at distance, then wear them. You cant hurt your eyes with myopic (nearsighted correction) Of course, see an ophthalmologist.

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I've been diagnosed with normal astigmatism with nearsightedness. First time wearing glasses! I'd like to know, if I need to wear it all the time.

I've been diagnosed with normal astigmatism with nearsightedness. First time wearing glasses! I'd like to know, if I need to wear it all the time.

Better results: You certainly will get better results if you wear them consistently. You could take them off for reading, but should definitely be wearing them to drive or operate machinery where better vision is essential

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Nearsighted from using reading glasses?

Nearsighted from using reading glasses?

Nope!: Reading glasses will notable you nearsighted. Quite the opposite, reading glasses, if too strong, will worsen farsightedness. So use as low a strength as you can comfortably read with.

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Can reading glasses correct nearsightedness?

Can reading glasses correct nearsightedness?

No: People who are nearsighted can often read quite well without their glasses on. Their reading vision actually gets worse when they wear their distance glasses when they try to read. This typically happens when they get into their mid-40s. They develop a loss of focusing power up close called presbyopia (happens to everyone).

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Would reading glasses correct nearsightedness?

Would reading glasses correct nearsightedness?

No: If you are nearsighted, reading glasses are not needed as you can already see at near. If anything, they would make the vision worse.

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Can I get nearsighted glasses over the counter?

Can I get nearsighted glasses over the counter?

Not routinely: Not in the usa routinely. There is a new variable focus eyeglass available that mimics spherical myopic rx's. It is called "adlens"...Available online...Developed as an inexpensive option for developing countries. Interesting product, but we have not had any experience with it.

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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.

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Why would a nearsighted child be wearing glasses for reading?

Why would a nearsighted child be wearing glasses for reading?

Crossed eyes: Nearsightedness implies ability to see up close only. Possible explanations for a nearsighted child to wear glasses while reading are that he/she is either actually farsighted and cannot see up close, or has a strabismus that causes one eye to turn out. In the latter case, glasses force the child to focus harder, which causes the eye to turn in.

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Is their any way to fix nearsightedness without surgery and glasses?

Is their any way to fix nearsightedness without surgery and glasses?

Contact lenses: Yes, contact lenses can solve your problem.

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What would happen if you wear far sighted glasses but you're nearsighted?

What would happen if you wear far sighted glasses but you're nearsighted?

More nearsighted: If you were nearsighted (myopic), but were wearing glasses which were intended to correct farsightedness (hyperopia), your vision while you wore those glasses would be even more myopic, and distant targets would appear even blurrier than with no glasses at all. This should not produce any lasting ill-effects unless you were under 15 years of age, but I still wouldn't recommend it!

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Is it okay for a myopic (nearsightedness) person to wear glasses while reading?

Is it okay for a myopic (nearsightedness) person to wear glasses while reading?

Myopic correction: If the myopia is of lower magnitude, it is possible for a person to read comfortably at a reading distance. However, if someone has moderate to high myopia, reading without any correction may be uncomfortable since one has to bring the reading material very closes to their eyes.

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What is the best place to get glasses for nearsightedness; any recommendations?

Local Optical Shop: Once you have your prescription, glasses can be ordered from a variety of places including mall chains, optical shops, optometrist or ophthalmologist's office, and even the internet. The actual lens cutting is becoming more of a commodity but good customer service for frame fit and aesthetics as well as trouble shooting for problems with vision or specialty lenses will be the best w/ a local shop.

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The best place to get glasses for nearsightedness (are certain stores more accurate)?

The best place to get glasses for nearsightedness (are certain stores more accurate)?

No one place: A careful refractive exam, with careful measurements for the glasses usually yields a good pair of glasses and a happy patient. This can happen at a chain or discount store just as easily as in a boutique optical, but I have found that owner opticians generally do a better job at complex eyeglass prescriptions.

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Do I have to wear glasses everyday if I am nearsighted or can I take them off except to drive?

Do I have to wear glasses everyday if I am nearsighted or can I take them off except to drive?

Not always: To safely drive day or night, you should probably wear your glasses, as you have noted. Any other activity, or at least those which do not involve rapidly-moving vehicles, sports, projectiles, people, or objects, you can probably skip it; medically speaking, wearing glasses for nearsighted correction makes no difference at your age. You just won't see things very clearly from a distance.