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DO READING GLASSES MAKE EYES WORSE?

Middle-aged individuals first start wearing reading glasses when the age-related condition (“presbyopia”) that leads to their increasing inability to read printed material worsens. Consequently, they may blame their glasses for their declining condition. However, it is the worsening presbyopia, not the glasses, that is at fault. Moreover, wearing reading glasses may lead to a more pronounced contrast between corrected and uncorrected vision when the glasses are removed. This can be explained by the brain’s ability to interpret blurry images and make them look better defined by making adjustments. If reading glasses make these adjustments unnecessary, the brain may get out of the habit of correcting vision with reading glasses removed, which is not the same as glasses making eyesight worse.   

Our eyes change as we get older, so glasses are often needed.  Protect your vision and lifestyle by having routine eye health examinations.  Please call to schedule an eye examination that includes dilation of the pupil for examination of the retina, blood vessels, and the optic nerve.  Today’s fashion eyewear is an accessory that enhances your appearance.  We offer lightweight, scratch-resistant lenses for all vision needs and designer frames in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. 

 

P.S. Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in a person’s early to mid-40s and continues to worsen until around age 60.