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Why would a nearsighted child be wearing glasses for reading?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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