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What Is The Cutoff For Needing Glasses Nearsighted
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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'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.
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). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yes: Wear what is comfortable for you.Get a more detailed answer ›
Contact lenses: Yes, contact lenses can solve your problem. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I am nearsighted and haven't worn my contacts or glasses in over 10 years. What are the consequences? How can I correct for the years I didn't wear contacts/glasses?
No effect: The only thing you have lost is absolute clarity of vision during that interval. The eyes will not change whether or not you wear glasses or contacts. Your statement is a consequence of those selling contacts or glasses nagging you to wear these in the hopes that they will sell more of them over time. You in fact have nothing to "correct". ...Read more
Does reading in dim light cause myopia? My daughter is nearsighted and needs glasses. I’m wondering whether her myopia was caused by reading in low light and watching too much tv. Is this possible?
Possibly: It depends on how nearsighted you are. If only a little or a lot then you may still need glasses for reading. If you happen to have an amount of myopia (nearsightedness) in the same range as what you would need for readers than you would not. The natural nearsightedness would then offset the loss of reading vision (presbyopia). ...Read more
Uncertain: Every state is different, but in ca, you must be able to see a 20/40 target with each eye in order to pass their screening. If you don't, they ask you to obtain an eye exam to document why you can't see 20/40. If the reason is nearsightedness, your license will have a requirement that you wear corrective lenses while driving. Inability to see 20/40 would translate to about -1.50 or greater. ...Read more
Visual comfort.: If you see well enough to do the other activities you particpate in, then just use your glasses when you feel the need to see better. However, don't be "afraid" to wear glasses, and don't be vain about it to the extent you injure yourself doing somehting you could not see clearly. ...Read more
Will my prescribed glasses correct my nearsightedness? I play lots of video games and that's how I became nearsighted
Sort of: Your prescribed glasses will correct your vision while you wear them, but they will not make your nearsightedness go away. Playing video games on a hand held device or near computer screen might make nearsightedness a little worse, but it probably didn't cause it. Playing on a screen 3 feet away or farther won't affect your vision. At 17, you can have fun with many other things also. ...Read more
I have nearsightedness and an astigmatism. Should I wear glasses all the time, even for close up activities? Or will this make vision worse?
Myopic spectacles: Yes, prescription glasses refine the refractive error of the eye, whether nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, or presbyopia. In your case, your myopia allows you to see more clearly up close, but blurry at distance. Wearing properly prescribed glasses will refine your distance vision, &, By the way, wearing glasses doesn't deteriorate your vision. If you see clearly upclose without them on, great ...Read more
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