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Will Wearing Glasses Weaken My Eyes

young child reading a book 640×350Some people mistakenly believe that wearing glasses weakens our eyesight. The truth is that glasses correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They don’t 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? Absolutely not. It is natural for children and adults to experience vision changes as they get older. 

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 Centre At Village Eye Centre assures that patients from Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, and throughout Alberta wear the eyeglasses that are right for them.

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