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Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Why is it that when you squint your eyes you can see clearer?

Why is it that when you squint your eyes you can see clearer?

Pinhole effect: Squinting acts like a pinhole, forcing light through a small region of the eye. This lets only the straightest rays of light enter the eye; they do not get bent off alignment by irregular curves (astigmatism) or length (nearsighted or farsighted) of the eye. Squinting does not appreciably change the cornea's shape; the force of the eyelids is evenly distributed over the eye, especially the sclera. ...Read more

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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus is a medical condition due to weakness or paralysis of one or more muscles that control eye movement. As a result, the eyes are not aligned with each other and ...Read more


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Why do we squint in an effort to see eye test more clearly?

Why do we squint in an effort to see eye test more clearly?

Blocks unfocused : Squinting cuts out some of the light that is not properly focused on the retina. It might cause wrinkles, but it won't hurt your vision. Your vision may degrade over time due to age, not due to squinting. ...Read more

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One kid having squinting left eyes some time when she tries to see far. If observed closely squinting is not noticable at all. Does this can be treated and how.Please advice?

One kid having squinting left eyes some time when she tries to see far. If observed closely squinting is not noticable at all. Does this can be treated and how.Please advice?

Nearsighted: Squinting artificially lengthens the eye a little & allows someone to see things at a distance more clearly. This is the problem of the nearsighted(can see ok near).It is likely worse than 20/40 vision which is the level most kids start having trouble seeing the blackboard at school. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Why is it that people squint their eyes to try to see better?

Changing eyeball: The maneuver compresses the eyeball some and lengthens the distance between the eye lens and the focus spot in the back.This is a simple way to improve nearsightedness. A better choice would be a proper eye exam and glasses if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. James Rochester
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I have prism lenses in my glasses. If I look at things, they're blurry. If I work to focus my eyes & squint, they become clear. Why is it an effort?

I have prism lenses in my glasses. If I look at things, they're blurry. If I work to focus my eyes & squint, they become clear. Why is it an effort?

Depends: is this vision problem with near vision and distance vision or near/distance vision only? Prism in your lenses is used to help amblyopia commonly known as lazy eye, or problems with near convergence. This is when the eyes must come together to see something up close. The lens has to work harder to see things close up. Best to discuss these Issues with your eye doctor. Sorry not more helpful. Dr R ...Read more

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Hello. I am having squint in both eyes. It is noticeable when i see moving objects. Can it be cured without operation? Please advice.

Nearsighted: You may just be nearsighted and need glasses. Also, your eyes my have trouble tracking on fast moving objects. You need to have a complete eye exam with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have intermittent exotropia squint inboth eyes, good control get clearer vision when 1 eye is diverted, can I get clearer vision when eyes r stra?

I have intermittent exotropia squint inboth eyes,    good control get clearer vision when 1 eye is diverted, can I get clearer vision when eyes r stra?

Hard to say: You need to have the strength of both eyes tested by a skilled eye doctor. You would likely require some assistance with glasses if you squint, and the intermittent nature of your problem needs to be sorted out.Treatment options are best understood when the source of the issue is well defined. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin McCannel
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I am 21& having floaters for 2yrs, i see a black stationary spot in the corner of my left eye when i squint very very hard, could this be a retinal tear?

I am 21& having floaters for 2yrs, i see a black stationary spot in the corner of my left eye when i squint very very hard, could this be a retinal tear?

If new, need exam: If they are new onset, get an eye exam urgently. Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and an urgent eye exam is advisable. ...Read more

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Squinting (Definition)

Squinting is a symptom in which a person squeezes his eyelids together a little bit, in order to see more clearly, to block out bright light, or to block ...Read more


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