Wearing glasses leads to dependence on them?

Nicole - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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"If you wear your glasses all of the time, your eyes will get dependent on them and you'll keep needing stronger and stronger prescriptions"

I don't remember where I heard this but I do remember hearing it a lot as a child.
I need to wear reading glasses now, as I get migranes when I read without them. I was worried at first that if I wore glasses, I would end up with some much more serious vision problems.
I had accepted as fact that glasses would hurt my eyes, which seems really silly when I think about it now.

Have you heard that too?
Is there some truth behind it or is it utter BS?

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Sara - posted on 01/08/2011

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I am a certified Optometric Technologist/Optician. I also work at a School of Optometry. If you have a refractive error, you will continue to have a refractive error whether or not you wear glasses to correct it. YOu can't make your eyes worse just like you can't make them better by wearing glasses, you can only correct what is wrong with glasses and contact. It's physics, refraction of light, etc...that's it. If you are getting headaches when you read, you need to go and get an eye exam by either an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist and get some glasses or contacts.



And on a side note, as we age, we willl ALL need reading glasses no matter if you've ever worn glasses or not. It's just the way of the world. Don't believe the hype, do yourself a favor and correct your vision problem.



I also want to add, just for a public service announcement, everyone should get their child's vision tested before they start school. If they have a vision problemand haven't been diagnosed it could lead to future vision problem like reduced vision in one eye (called amblyopia) or an eye turn (lazy eye). Before they are about 7, problems in the visual pathway can be addressed before their brain in hardwired. After that, if they had poor vision in one eye, their brain may "turn off" the vision in that eye and after a certain age, it can never be corrected. So, get your kids to an eye doctor even if you don't suspect a problem.

Sara - posted on 01/10/2011

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There's no way to "over use" your eyes, unless you're looking directly at the sun or something. There is no way to permenantly heal your eyes without surgery. All glasses and contacts do is refract light differently through your eye to make up for the way in which your eye incorrectly bends light to focus on your fovea. That's all. There's no magic to it, and it doesn't make it worse in the longrun.

Jenn - posted on 01/09/2011

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Utter BS. Wearing corrective lenses can stop your eyes from getting more strained and causing them to get worse, or can even improve your vision.

Jodi - posted on 01/10/2011

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Well, I can attest that glasses CAN make your eyes worse...if your damn doctor gives you the wrong prescription for 8 years. I was given a prescription that was much too high for my eyes (I went to Walmart Optometry to save a few bucks, probably my mistake right there). Then, when I came back saying I was having a hard time focusing on anything when I changed the distance I was looking at (such as, looking at my husband nexxt to me during conversation then trying to read the TV guide channel, it was like I wasn't wearing my glasses at all). They upped my prescription...for 3 years they just kept increasing my prescription, I stopped going for no specific reason other than they weren't helping. 2 years ago, I went to actual opthemologist (sp?) and after a couple of hours of testing and looking at my eyes and etc etc, he found out my prescription was WAY off. It'll take me another 3 years to gradually wean and re-train my eyes to adjust to the correct prescription without getting migraines. I am VERY pissed off as this makes me ineligable for lasik until it's fixed, and that's why I had gone to the opthemologist in the first place! So, yes, wearing the WRONG prescription glasses can be harmful for your eyes. Wearing the correct prescription, as best to my knowledge, is not. If I didn't wear my glasses all the time, I'd barely be able to find my way around my house!

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Robynn - posted on 03/06/2013

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This worried me when my nine-year-old niece said she couldn't really see. My sister took her in to get her eyes checked and found out she didn't really need them. One of Abby's friends has eyeglasses and she thought she wanted them too. The eye doctor gave her non prescription ones without telling Abby (I hear most doctors will not just the ones in Calgary). But I'm worried she's going to need them in the future because she likes wearing the fake ones. http://www.crowfootvisioncentre.ca/produ...

Sara - posted on 01/11/2011

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Then what would you say causes eye strain?"



Well, I know that eyestrain typically occurs when your eyes aren't corrected properly or you're doing a lot of near work, like reading or sewing. You can overuse your eye muscles, but that's not the same thing as overusing the parts of your eye that actually allow you to see and conduct visual information to your brain, which I assume is what people are referring to when they say that eyeglasses can make your vision worse.

Nicole - posted on 01/10/2011

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"There's no way to "over use" your eyes"

Then what would you say causes eye strain?

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my eyes have gotten worse and worse but i don't know that it's because i've had to wear glasses. i'd rather wear contacts but they irritate my eyes so i can only wear them for a few hours at a time. sigh.

C. - posted on 01/10/2011

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I think that's stupid.. I mean, if someone needs glasses and doesn't use them, then the strain alone can make their eyesight worse. So if this is true, it's a lose/lose situation for people wearing glasses..

Jackie - posted on 01/10/2011

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"I also want to add, just for a public service announcement, everyone should get their child's vision tested before they start school. If they have a vision problemand haven't been diagnosed it could lead to future vision problem like reduced vision in one eye (called amblyopia) or an eye turn (lazy eye). Before they are about 7, problems in the visual pathway can be addressed before their brain in hardwired. After that, if they had poor vision in one eye, their brain may "turn off" the vision in that eye and after a certain age, it can never be corrected. So, get your kids to an eye doctor even if you don't suspect a problem. "



I have amblyopia. I cannot see a damn thing out of my right eye. I was told if the problem was caught before age 6, it could have been corrected. It wasn't caught until age 16 and there is nothing I can do to correct it. No glasses, no surgery. All I can hope for is that my left doesn't get hurt cause I will surely be screwed then.



It's really not all that strange because I didn't lose my visual suddenly, it happened gradually. My eye doesn't drift either, thankfully. It doesn't do much for peripheral vision or depth perception though

Lacye - posted on 01/10/2011

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I have no choice but to wear all my glasses all the time because I have really bad eyesight. If I don't have them on, I get headaches, everything past 3 or 4 feet ahead of me is blurry. I have to have them when I drive. My eyes have gotten worse but it's not because of the glasses. It's because of my eyes. The eye doctor told me that my eyes will slowly degenerate. Eventually I will get to the point where I will not be able to see.

Nicole - posted on 01/10/2011

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I can see that eye strain could contribute to vision problems. I have also heard that eye exercises are good for your eyes, so under use could probably do as much harm as over use.

Jenn - posted on 01/10/2011

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Not true Erin - just because your eyes got worse over time doesn't mean it's because of the glasses - mine were like that too (I got glasses at 11) until I was an adult and now they haven't changed much other than one time they were actually a bit better. The way your eyes work have nothing to do with "not working as hard to be able to see" using glasses - that makes no sense.

Erin - posted on 01/10/2011

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In my own experience I think they make your eyes worse. I started wearing glasses when I was 12 years old. Ever since when I go to get my eyes checked my prescription gets stronger. With glasses your eyes get used to not working as hard to be able to see and they rely more and more on the glasses. I don't think you can blame genetics because neither of my parents wore glasses until they were around 50 years old and then they were only reading glasses.

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2011

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LMAO.... sorry, i was just picturing myself wandering around running into walls, dodging shadows and colors wearing a mismatched outfit trying to test the theory, lol. no i've never heard that! i'm practically blind without glasses/contacts so it would be impossible for me to go without

Jocelyn - posted on 01/08/2011

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I started wearing glasses in junior high, and my eyes changed until I was 17 or so. After that, they've stayed the same. And I wear glasses most days (I do have contacts, but frankly, I look better in glasses. They just suit me, plus I get told repeatedly that I look hotter in glasses, go figure LOL)

I think we should blame genetics, not our eyeglasses.

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AFter wearing contact lenses exclusively for 11 years, I just started to wear my glasses more frequently. It's been 3 full weeks now. One reaosn is that I simply ran out of lenses and I'm too darn tired to go for an eye exam. But, I have ot say that I am equally as comfortable in contacts as I am in glasses. BUT, I do think I see better in glasses.

Johnny - posted on 01/08/2011

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Well, I don't know scientifically, but from my personal experience its ridiculous! I've been wearing corrective lenses since I was 10, and my eyesight hasn't changed since I stopped growing around 18. Some exams it's minutely better, some years, minutely worse.

Jennifer - posted on 01/08/2011

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i haven't heard that exactly but as a kid i liked to put my mom's on just for play. she used to tell me that if i wore her glasses often, that it would mess up my eyes and i would end up needing glasses as well. don't know how much truth there is to that...

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I wear glasses, my two sisters wear glasses, my SO does, aunts and uncles.



From my experience the more you wear them the better your eyes get. Angela was born with really bad eyes 2% vision in one eye and 45% in the other. Her eyes are both around 70% now. IF your eyes develop problems, they can get worse as you age, its not from the glasses, they actually slow down the process by correcting the issue.

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