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should i wear glasses all the time short sighted?

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I have been wearing glasses for a few years only to see the board at school. my prescription is -3 in both eyes. I sometimes have to squint and strain to see things out in public places. Should I wear them all the time?

Also should i wear my glasses when going to have a haircut and keep them on for the duration of the haircut?

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asked Feb 17 in Health by smyadmin

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I assume your short-sightedness (myopia) is mild, and in that case you must NOT wear glasses when reading books or doing near work in general. Glasses are meant for distance and optically speaking "distance" means 20 feet (6 meters) or more. When you use your glasses to look at something closer, your eyes make an effort to compensate the glasses which in that specific circumstance are too strong. That effort is called over-accommodation and it's the main cause of myopia (short-sightedness). The shorter the distance, the greater the strain on your eyes. Using glasses to watch tv might still be acceptable because distance isn't very short, but wearing glasses to read a book is the worst thing you can do to your eyesight.

A young person who has perfect eyesight can easily become myopic if he/she spends most of the time looking at things that are too close. Constant over-accommodation leads to myopia. When one becomes myopic, the use of wrong glasses (i.e.. too strong for a specific task) leads to over-accommodation and to more myopia. For instance many boys/girls keep books too close when they read/study. It's not necessary, it's just a bad habit that may ruin their eyesight over the years
A considerate eye doctor/optometrist/optician should always tell their young patients that glasses are not to be used unless they are necessary. When a myope can see fairly well without them, they must not use them. For example many young myopes do not need glasses for reading and writing, because for such a small distance their natural eyesight is more than enough. You can read books and write without glasses/contacts, so don't use them. When distance is greater you may use glasses but only if you feel you need them. Always remember to remove them when you don't really need them.

If I were you I'd try to get rid of myopia in a natural way. Since you have interests in the bio-medical field you could find this book very interesting: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Perfect-Vision-Prevent-Nearsightedness/dp/1556436777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254924159&tag=ahai-20

Despite its horrible title it deals with myopia and its causes in a very scientific way, and it also includes a visual training method which has allowed me to reduce my myopia from -3.75 to -1.00 (so far).
There's also a forum:
http://www.powervisionforum.com/forum/forum.php
answered Feb 17 by Sarek of Vulcan
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Yes, with that correction you need your glasses all the time. But no, you should remove them while they shampoo and cut your hair...put them back on afterwards.
answered Feb 17 by Titchou
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First time wearing glasses - short sighted, how often should I wear them?
Alright so I'm 22/F shortsighted low prescription, about -0.5.. anything that's 2 metres or more away starts getting blurry for me. But everything is so much clearer when i have them on! I got told that I should wear them for lectures, movies, etc.
Most of the time I'm on my laptop, so I don't need glasses for that. I mainly need them for lectures to see the powerpoint slides. Someone told me that I shouldn't wear them all the time if I don't need to (i.e. outside of lectures) because my eyes will rely on them too much and my eyes will get worse.. is this true? Any tips or advice on how often I should wear them?
answered Feb 17 by heartshapes
Honestly, wear them when you feel you need them. Wearing them too much/not enough will not affect your eyes down the line, if they are going to get worse it's going to happen regardless of how often you wear your glasses. I started at a similar prescription to you and only wore them when needed, over the years I started noticing I needed them more as my eyes were getting worse. I'm now a -1.75 with a tiny bit of astigmatism and wear my glasses 99% of the time.
Source: personal experience/works in an opticians.
Most myopia occurs because the eye grows too long. If the problem is simple myopia, it doesn't make much difference whether you wear glasses part-time, or full, or not at all.
If you don't wear them, you wouldn't see as good or as sharp. That's all that's going to happen.
If your myopia is going to get worse over time, your eye will change with the glasses or without them. So at this point, just do whatever makes you more comfortable.

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