How glasses affect your eyes
Many people require prescription glasses to correct their vision due to long-sightedness (or hyperopia), where you find it hard to focus on things close up, and short-sightedness (or myopia), where objects in the distance are blurry.
Whether you’ve just ordered your first pair of glasses or have had a prescription since early childhood, you may be concerned that wearing glasses too often will weaken your eyesight and cause you to become increasingly reliant on your specs over time.
Here, we explore 4 common beliefs associated with wearing corrective eyewear:
1. Wearing glasses can make eyes worse
It’s often said that wearing glasses too often makes your eyes “lazy” when you remove them, as they’ve become accustomed to the prescription, but in fact the opposite is true. When you wear your glasses, the lenses in the frames correct your vision, causing your eye muscles to relax — which allows them to function optimally.
2. New glasses can cause eye strain
Does wearing glasses strain your eyes? If so, it’s likely that they’re not the right prescription or fit for you. Wearing glasses that are too strong can cause your eyes to work harder, leading to fatigue and soreness. Similarly, if your glasses are too loose, they can slide down your nose and cause you to squint, which can also lead to discomfort.
3. Glasses can make your eyes water
Your glasses shouldn’t be the cause of watery eyes. However, if you find that this is the case, you may need a new prescription or frames that better fit your face shape. If the glasses are not properly adjusted — they’re too tight, for example — they can put pressure on your temples, which can potentially lead to headaches and watery eyes.
4. Glasses blur your sight throughout the day
Is your natural vision sharper when you first wake up, compared to the end of the day? This phenomenon isn’t caused by wearing your glasses — it’s due to the fact that your eyes are more flexible in the morning, which means they’re better at focusing. As you become tired over the course of the day, fatigue can cause your vision to blur.
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