Do Glasses Make Your Vision Worse?
We often get asked at our Kelowna Optometry clinic, “if you wear glasses does it worsen your eyesight?”
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to your eyes and your vision. We thought it would be a great idea to discuss this one specific misconception in a blog post.
Do glasses make your vision worse?
Q: Does wearing reading glasses weaken eyes?
Many people believe that glasses can make eyesight worse, but that’s more myth than reality. Many adults think that once they start wearing reading glasses that the glasses will actually make the eyes worse.
Most adults begin having trouble reading in their mid-40s. This condition is called presbyopia, and it’s the natural loss of the focusing ability of the lens of the eye.
The lens of the eye is about the size of a button. Since the lens can change shape, we’re able to see objects both up close and far away. The closer the object is, the more the lens of your eye has to flex to bring it into focus.
As you age, the lens of your eyes grows larger and thicker. This means that the small ligaments that connect the lens to the ciliary muscle become slack. When that happens, those ligaments cannot apply great force on the lens to put it into the correct position to see the object up close.
The belief that glasses make your vision worse is often centered on the idea that wearing glasses might make your eyes lazy once you remove them. Once your eyes grow accustomed to wearing your new glasses glasses, your eyes should not feel uncomfortable taking them off.
Can Glasses Make Your Eyes Worse – The Two Misconceptions
There are two main reasons why people question if wearing glasses does worsen your eyesight.
First, the underlying condition worsens when they begin to wear glasses. Because it begins by getting worse, people associate that the glasses are making their eyes worse.
The second reason happens when they begin to get used to seeing near objects clearly when wearing the glasses. Once they take the glasses off, their vision seems to have gotten worse.
People often then blame the glasses for worsening their eyesight when they’re really just experiencing the contrast between uncorrected vision and correct vision with their glasses.
It’s true that people learn how to deal with bad eyesight. The brain is the smartest organ in the body. It learns how to interpret blurry images, then makes an educated guess on what it should look like. This is what happens when you’re not wearing glasses.
If you’re wearing glasses, your eyes automatically become corrected and your brain does not have to work to interpret a blurry image. Just because your brain isn’t working to make a blurry image clear, doesn’t mean wearing glasses is making your eyes worse.
There is no persuasive evidence that wearing glasses can damage your eyes. We believe that people become more convinced that glasses have made their eyesight worse because they become more dependent on their eyewear.
In reality, their lenses have continued to deteriorate with age, causing them to need their glasses more often, making them believe their eyes are getting worse because of the glasses.
It’s a game your mind is playing on you.
The same goes for children who are experiencing myopia (nearsightedness). According to the BBC, there is no evidence that wearing the correct glasses will make their eyesight worse than not wearing them at all.
It’s simple, the benefits of wearing glasses if you need them, are clear. Wearing glasses does not damage your eyes. They correct your eyes, so your brain and lenses don’t have to work so hard.
Instead of straining and not being able to see, it’s time to give your brain a break and get tested for the right prescription for your eyes.
We hope we’ve answered the common question of “Do glasses make your vision worse?” for you. There are many misconceptions when it comes to vision and your eyes and our Kelowna Optometry clinic is on a mission to uncover all the facts.
To book your eye test, contact Sun Valley Optometry today. You can find us at Orchard Park mall beside Pearle Vision near The Bay. We offer convenient evening and weekend appointment times, including most Saturdays at our eye clinic.
Call or contact us to book your next eye exam today!