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Will Wearing Glasses Weaken My Eyes

young child reading a book 640×350Some people believe that wearing glasses weakens our eyesight. The truth is that glasses correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. But if we are nearsighted they may make our eyesight deteriorate.

The misunderstanding may be due to mixing up cause and effect. Getting new glasses will help you see more clearly, but you may need a stronger prescription a year or two later. Did your glasses weaken your vision? Well that’s up for debate. It is natural for children and adults to experience vision changes as they get older.

What science tells us now is that not wearing glasses can make our eyes worse at a faster rate than wearing glasses and seeing clearly. However, there are ways to see clearly and slow down or stop the speed off decline. Visit our myopia management area for more information.

If anything, not wearing glasses can be damaging in some cases. For children with crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia), glasses help straighten their eyes or improve vision, according to the Mayo Clinic Health System. Not wearing them may lead to an eye turn or lazy eye becoming permanent. In addition, an eye doctor may prescribe glasses to children during vision therapy, or until a child’s eyes mature. These glasses will strengthen, not weaken the eyes. In many cases, the child won’t need glasses after vision therapy concludes.

Wearing glasses can be the difference between enjoying a book, comfortably working at a computer or driving with confidence, and experiencing headaches, eye strain, and frustration.  

The Vision Therapy Center at Eye Q Optometrist assures that patients from NYC, Scarsdale, Rye, Mamaroneck, and throughout New York wear the eyeglasses that are right for them.