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Is eye strain be caused by shortsightedness?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Usually not.

There are muscles inside the eyes that contract when near work (like reading) is being performed.
Prolonged periods of such contraction can lead to eye strain and headaches; glasses can support those muscles so they don't have to work as hard. Shortsightedness, or myopia, is inablility to focus at distance. Generally things up close are in focus.

In brief: Usually not.

There are muscles inside the eyes that contract when near work (like reading) is being performed.
Prolonged periods of such contraction can lead to eye strain and headaches; glasses can support those muscles so they don't have to work as hard. Shortsightedness, or myopia, is inablility to focus at distance. Generally things up close are in focus.
Dr. Samuel Barone
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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes

Eye strain is a physical feeling.
It is usually not accompanied by anatomic eye changes. "shortsightedness " which is uncorrected by glasses can give the person feelings of strain. Not wearing glasses will not damage the eyes in a permanent way.

In brief: Yes

Eye strain is a physical feeling.
It is usually not accompanied by anatomic eye changes. "shortsightedness " which is uncorrected by glasses can give the person feelings of strain. Not wearing glasses will not damage the eyes in a permanent way.
Dr. Andrew Dahl
Dr. Andrew Dahl
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