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Understanding the Impact of Glasses on Your Vision

May 20, 2024

There is a misconception sometimes experienced by those who begin wearing glasses for the first time, that their vision without glasses deteriorates more rapidly after receiving their prescription. Optical experts from Deakin University explain in their article recently published in The Conversation this common concern and debunk the cause of this phenomenon.

It explains that glasses do not physically weaken the eyes or cause vision to deteriorate. Instead, when people first start wearing glasses or switch to a stronger prescription, they experience sharper vision, which can make their unaided vision seem blurrier by comparison. This increased awareness can make it feel like your vision has deteriorated, but in reality, glasses are just correcting your vision and making it clearer. The main function of glasses is to help focus light correctly onto your retina, improving clarity without affecting the natural progression of your eyesight.

However, wearing the wrong prescription or using dirty, scratched glasses can give the impression that your vision is worse. It's essential to have the correct prescription and to keep your glasses clean for optimal vision. Regular cleaning of glasses with a microfiber cloth can help maintain clear vision and prevent minor issues from becoming significant problems.

Incorrect prescriptions, especially in children, can cause eyestrain and headaches, but are unlikely to cause long-term damage if corrected promptly. Regular eye exams are crucial to ensure your prescription is up-to-date and to monitor any changes in your vision, particularly as conditions like presbyopia (age-related difficulty in focusing on close objects) develop naturally with age​.

Read the full piece in The Conversation here: https://theconversation.com/could-my-glasses-be-making-my-eyesight-worse-225169

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