DO GLASSES MAKE OUR EYES WEAKER?June 13th, 2008
"EVER SINCE I STARTED TO WEAR GLASSES MY EYES GOT WORSE" - does not it sound familiar?
As Barbara Wright reported in Ophthalmology Times, May 15, 2008, people seem to think that wearing glasses when you are young makes your eyes worse, having to get stronger glasses from then on.
Dr. Dello Russo explains that nearsightedness is a progressive process. The average person who’s DNA determines that they are destined to become nearsighted will start to need them at around 8-9 years old. As the child grows so does the myopia which gets worse and hence the increasing need for ever-stronger glasses. This will continue until about the age of 20 when the prescription settles and becomes “stable.”
So, it is not the wearing of the glasses that makes one’s eyesight worse, but getting stronger glasses is just keeping up with the normal worsening of their myopic condition.