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Any ideas why squinting helps you see better?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
I agree, and a "pinhole" effect with squinting helps to see better by eliminating the peripheral defocused rays of light thereby allowing the more central rays to focus more clearly on the retina.
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