Some people believe that wearing corrective eyeglasses worsens their vision, and others say they will become more dependent on them than when they first began. The truth is that glasses do not make your vision worse. Instead, they help improve your vision. So do not be hesitant to wear your prescription eyeglasses. Wearing the wrong prescription glasses may lead to eye strain in adults. At the same time, in children, it may cause faster myopia progression and lead to lazy eyes (amblyopia), crossed eyes, squinting, and other issues. You may also experience blurry vision, tired eyes, and headaches. Improper retina development may also occur in children requiring prescription eyeglasses but not wearing them. It is essential to use the right prescription to correct your vision impairment.
Can Wearing Eyeglasses Worsen Your Vision?
If you require prescription glasses, your eyesight is changing. You might require sunglasses for various reasons, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness (myopia), and astigmatism. As refractive error progresses, the lenses inside the eye may change shape, meaning light doesn’t reach the retina clearly, and images may be processed by the brain inaccurately. This may cause blurry or double vision, making your eyes strain and affecting your ability to perform tasks properly.
There is a misconception that not wearing glasses to correct a refractive error may reduce the risk of the condition worsening by forcing your ocular muscles to work harder. This is not true because avoiding glasses when needed will worsen the condition. Correcting your vision to avoid fatigue, eye strain, and decreased productivity is essential.
Nearsightedness (myopia) begins during childhood, while age-related farsightedness (presbyopia) begins over age 40. The condition affects a majority of people and cannot be prevented but wearing reading glasses can help assist vision.
Additionally, vision deteriorates as you get older. If you have vision problems, it is best to wear glasses to improve it. As time goes by, your lens may stop focusing light correcting the retina, which causes problems with close vision, and you will need reading glasses. With time, you will require stronger prescription glasses because aging causes your vision to continue deteriorating. This also debunks the myth that wearing glasses makes vision worse.
Another misconception is that vision worsens throughout the day. Some people have sharper or better vision in the morning, but as the day goes by, their eyesight deteriorates even when they have been wearing glasses all day. This does not happen due to wearing glasses. Instead, it is because a good night’s sleep and rest help improve the flexibility of the eyes, leading to better vision in the morning.
Whether you are nearsighted or short-sighted, your eyesight will continue to deteriorate. Therefore, wearing contact lenses or reading glasses does not cause your condition to worsen. Regular eye checkups help keep up with your glasses prescription, and you will continue improving your vision.
Why You Shouldn’t Wear the Wrong Glasses
Wearing the wrong prescription glasses and uncorrected vision can result in eye strain which may cause the following symptoms:
- Persistent headaches.
- Soreness in or around the eyes.
- Feeling fatigued.
- Itching or burning eyes.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Blurry or double vision.
- Soreness in the shoulders, neck, or back due to poor posture.
- Dry eyes or excessive tearing.
- Inability to keep your eyes open.
Look after the health of your eyes to keep your vision in good condition.
Vision Decline Reasons
Various factors can cause your vision to worsen or decline over time, including severe eye conditions that can be managed and treated. Vision may decline due to the following:
- Eye trauma: Wear protective gear to prevent injury to your eyes if you work in a hazardous environment.
- Age: Aging is inevitable and comes with various challenges to your vision. Taking good care of your overall body health goes a long way in maintaining eye health.
- Surgery: If you have undergone eye surgery, ensure you follow your doctor’s instructions keenly.
- Eye disease: Various eye conditions can affect your vision, such as cataracts, diabetes, or glaucoma.
- Ultraviolet radiation: The harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can harm your eyes. Wear sunglasses whenever you are outdoors to protect your eyes from sun damage. The best sunglasses should have a UV protective coating to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays.
Take Care of Your Eyes
Taking care of your eyes helps keep your vision in good condition. Regularly go for eye tests and check-ups. If you have a regular prescription, you can talk to your ophthalmologist about alternative treatments for your eyes. Such options may include laser surgery, a minimally invasive, quick, and painless procedure that can effectively and permanently correct your vision.
Consume a healthy, balanced diet to maintain and improve your eye health, such as eating Vitamin A, which improves eyesight. Vitamin A protects your eyes, but it does not improve vision.
Exercise regularly and avoid or quit smoking.
Do not sleep without removing your contact lenses; avoid keeping them in longer than recommended. Disinfect them accordingly and follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take care of them.
Get your regular eye exams to know when to get new prescriptions. You should get eye exams if:
- You wear contact lenses and should visit your ophthalmologist annually
- First exam before age 3
- Annually for ages 3 and older
- More frequently if you have certain vision or eye health disorders such as myopia, amblyopia and dry eye.
Pay close attention to any vision changes and inform your ophthalmologist about any concerns you may have about the health of your vision.
At contact Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta, we care about the health of your eyes. If you are experiencing any problems with your vision, our highly experienced ophthalmologists are glad to help.
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