Does Wearing Glasses Worsen Your Eyesight

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Does Continuous Wearing Of Prescription Glasses Result In Worse Vision?

Author: Jennie Brown

Many people harbor the belief that if prescription glasses or even designer glasses are wore continuously, then the vision will keep on getting worse. This features as one of the reasons why many people don't report vision deficiency or blurred eyesight at the very first instance. They generally believe that it is better to use natural methods like exercises and healthy diets than putting on a pair of glasses. Obviously, using healthier food and maintaining an exercise routine can be beneficial, but that it will ensure that the condition never worsen and the eyesight improves too, slowly and surely. But prescription glasses are the only way to ensure of a better vision correction which will help you to complete your daily chores and avoid accidents. Scientifically, it has been proved that wearing prescription glasses or designer glasses for longer periods of time have no negative impact on vision.

One of the things which most people are unaware of is that human beings, from birth have a blurry vision. Since we see this kind of blurred vision from the very beginning, we accept it as a normal. And we don't complain about it unless the vision becomes worse or it starts training the eyes and giving us headaches. The increasing pace of life and rise in the usage of computers has made our eyes more vulnerable to poor vision but still most people don't report about them. Since they start wearing the prescription glasses (or designer glasses by the more fashion-conscious people), the vision improves to a great extent which is even better than the blurred vision of childhood. Obviously the continuous usage, the user gets accustomed to this clear vision and every time he or she removes the glasses, even if their vision has been corrected, they see the blurry images, like they used to from birth. But this normal hazy vision becomes more noticeable after seeing clear images through glasses, and they complain about a deteriorating vision.

Another factor which leads to this belief is that most people when they reach their forties, they develop a vision disorder known as presbyopia. This ailment reduces the visibility of objects located at a nearby distances, and thus, normal day-to-day activities suffer. The origination of presbyopia is a normal human process and it has nothing to do with the amount of time you spend wearing prescription glasses or designer glasses. In fact, bifocal glasses and designer glasses with can help you to deal with presbyopia better.

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10 Responses to Does Wearing Glasses Worsen Your Eyesight

  1. sweettb777 says:

    Does your eyesight worsen from wearing glasses, or is it that you become dependent upon them?
    I started wearing glasses in middle school. My eyesight was perfectly fine before then. Soon after my eyesight began to get worse and my perscription continues to change. It seems as though, when I wake up in the morning and do not put on my glasses I can see better then when I have my glasses on and take them off.
    It is not that my eyesight is better when I awake in the morning, it is that I can see better without having put on my glasses at all, then having been wearing my glasses and taking them off.

    • phantomlimb7 says:

      You do not grow dependent on eyeglasses. There is a reason why they are called corrective lenses. Your own eyes lack the ability to accommodate (that is, change the lens shape to see perfectly at 20/20 all the time), or you may have weak ciliary muscles, strabismus, etc. I had perfect vision in my childhood, but I had to wear glasses all the time. Why? I had strabismus (or crossed eyes). During my 20′s and 30′s, I no longer needed to wear the lenses for strabismus, and I wore no glasses. But as soon as I turned 40, the presbyopia kicked in, and now I need reading glasses. I have to get them adjusted every year or so as my eyes age and change. The same is true for you.
      If you were to take an eye exam upon arising in the morning without your glasses, I bet you would do terrible.
      With your glasses, your vision is corrected as close to normal as possible.
      Once you take them off, your eyes may take longer to adjust because the light bending the lenses perform, is no longer occurring. How long it takes depends on your problem, like do you have astigmatism or near sightedness or a blend of the two. In the morning, you may be noticing your distance vision is unaffected, but try reading the newspaper without your lenses and you will see that you stil need them.
      It is not uncommon for your lenses to require adjustment yearly as you age and your eyeball shape changes, especially through adolescence.

  2. Mr. Vo says:

    If you wear glasses, does it worsen your eyesight?
    When i was 11, i wore my glasses everyday and my good eye got worse while my lazy eye got better. When i received my new glasses, they were discomforting to me eyes so i went without them. Ever since then, every time i go to the eye doctor, he says that both my eyes are improving. Does not wearing your glasses help your eye sight?

    • TheEyeGuy says:

      Its more complicated than wearing glasses or not wearing glasses. Its also a lot more complicated than the current, far behind, understanding of optometry. Artificial corrections(glasses, contacts, surgery) do not directly worsen the clarity and strength of our vision, but they strongly encourage the incorrect vision habits. These incorrect vision habits squeeze our eyes out of shape and give us blurry vision.

      Some people who stop wearing glasses are somehow able to stop the incorrect vision habits as well, and their vision improves. Most people who stop wearing glasses squint and strain in response to the blur and worsen their vision. We can consciously and educationally avoid squinting and straining and diffusion while having blurry vision. Those who learn how to relax and use their vision system correctly often return to natural perfect eyesight without the crutches of artificial corrections.

      In response to LittleBarb: your explanation is understandable, but incorrect. lazy eye is often caused by head infection and blockages. The so called lazy eye is not weak in a muscular sense and cannot be strengthened by eye exercise. Eye doctors also make this mistake and try to work the lazy eye muscles by patching. This often overworks the already stressed vision system and often leads to more complications. Patching is only succesful in about 25% of people and that is only because the person has pretty much overcome their head weaknesses. In about 25% of people it makes it worse and in about 50% it stays the same.

      In response to SilentMelody: We can wear reduced prescriptions to reduce the negative affects and strain of perfect 20/20 artificial corrections. We only need 20/40 glasses to drive during the day and even at night. We can have our 20/20 corrections when we need the extra clarity. We also only need 20/80 vision in order to work in front of the computer. Most people can also enjoyable walk outside and garden without any corrections at all. And after all this if we unlearn the incorrect vision habits, reintegrate the correct vision behaviors, and undo the damage of blurr and strain, we can improve our eyesight at the same time.

  3. Jelleke says:

    Does wearing glasses make your eyesight worse?
    I’ve had glasses for three years now and have had three pairs of glasses. If it worsens that much, then wouldn’t it be a better idea not to wear glasses?

    • TheEyeGuy says:

      Wearing glasses does not directly make eyesight worse, but they do strongly encourage incorrect vision habits in most people. Incorrect vision habits squeeze our eyes out of shape and give us blurry vision.

      Its not a good idea to not wear glasses if your vision is blurrier than 20/40 unless we know the correct vision habits and self healing activities. Otherwise most people with blur tend to squint and strain to try to see clearly. Squinting and straining are what cause blurry vision.

      Yes vision changes all our lives but there is a reason for it in which we individuals have control of. Many people in their twenties plateau with their vision, but many do not. Those who do have just learned how to handle the stress in their lives, so less stress reaches and settles into the eyes.

      Most people can return to natural perfect eyesight by unlearning the incorrect vision habits, reintegrating the correct vision behaviors, and undoing the damage of artificial corrections and blur.

  4. Dynasty says:

    Does wearing older prescription eyeglasses worsen your eyesight?
    I wear contacts, but when I take them out I usually put on glasses which have my old prescription. I do notice a difference…in that I see worse through my glasses than my contacts. Do I risk the chance of worsening my eyesight if I wear my old prescription glasses?

    • TheEyeGuy says:

      Reduced prescriptions will not harm or help our vision directly. It all depends upon how we respond to them. If we respond to the blurrier vision by squinting and straining to get more clarity then our vision will get worse. If we don’t squint or strain but relax and reconnect in a relaxing way, then our vision will get better.

      We can tell how we are responding by being very sensitive to our body. If our eyes are tight or sore and our neck is tense and our head is justing forward, then we are responding incorrectly. If we are relaxed then we are responding correctly. This is sometimes difficult because we have adapted to the incorrect vision habits and ignored the body signals.

  5. Quynh N says:

    I’m confused about whether wearing glasses will only worsen you eyesight?
    Well my parents reckon that if you’re only slightly myopic (short/near sightedness) then wearing glasses will only make it worse, since your eyes become ‘dependent’ on the glasses. They say you should instead just ‘train’ your eyes (such as not reading in dim light, holding a book at least 12 inches away from you when reading etc) to prevent your myopia from getting worse, and it may even make it go away.

    This sounds truly bizarre to me – I mean, glasses designed for short-sightedness have a concave lens that actually help focus an image onto your retina. How does it make it worse?
    Thanks for all your opinions on this!

    • ♥♥Mrs SSG B♥♥ says:

      You’re right – it doesn’t make it worse!!! You’d be amazed at how many people are under this same misconception. I sure was blown away at how many people think that wearing glasses makes your eyes worse…its a load of crap. Wearing glasses or contacts does not have ANY EFFECT WHATSOEVER on how your eyes will change or how quickly…here’s why:

      When you are only slightly myopic, as you had mentioned above. Let’s argue for a second that you need your glasses only for driving at night (which is when i wear mine) You put your glasses on so road signs are clearer because without them you cannot see the speed limit signs until you are almost on top of them. When you get home, you take your glasses off and go in the house…things seem kinda fuzzy for a minute or two after you take them off until your eyes readjust to not having them on. Things seem blurry BY COMPARISON because while you had them on, your eyes were able to focus without straining and then you take them off. Its not that the glasses are making things worse…they are making things BETTER.

      The lenses will bend the light to help compensate for the irregularities in the shape of your eyes (either too long, or too short, or an irregular shaped cornea for astigmatism) The lenses cannot change the anatomy of your eye. By “training your eyes” as your parents have mentioned, all your doing is causing them more strain. They strain because they cannot work properly on their own and forcing them to try to focus when they physically cannot is only going to cause MORE squinting and MORE headaches. Reading in dim light and things of that nature, while aren’t good for your eyes, don’t make the eyes worse…it causes even more strain.

      Conversely, NOT wearing glasses does not have any effect on how your eyes change either. Just like wearing glasses won’t make them worse, neither will NOT wearing them. You will squint and strain and get headaches, but it won’t make your vision deteriorate any faster.

      So go tell your parents that they are wrong as can be…and this time you can be confident that you have one up on them.

      **Some people have NO business answering questions of this nature because they obviously have no idea what they are talking about…am I right, Jennifer?? LOL**

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