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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Yes: Wear what is comfortable for you.Get a more detailed answer ›
Contact lenses: Yes, contact lenses can solve your problem.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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