Wearing glasses doesn’t make your eyesight worse. We repeat: Glasses don’t make your eyes worse. Glasses, contacts, and all corrective lenses will only make your eyesight better—when you’re wearing them as prescribed, of course.
Eyeglasses weakening eyesight is a common myth that’s never been scientifically proven. In this article, we’ll debunk this claim and explain why wearing glasses won’t hurt your eyesight.
Does Wearing Glasses Weaken Your Eyes?
Wearing glasses doesn’t weaken your eyes in any way. While some people believe wearing glasses can make your eyes reliant on the glasses and cause your eye muscles to atrophy, that myth can’t be further from the truth.
If Glasses Don’t Weaken Your Eyesight, Why Do People Need Stronger Vision Prescriptions Over Time?
One possible source of this myth might be that eyeglass prescriptions often get stronger over time. But that’s due to age, genetics, behavior, and possibly other factors—not the glasses. The lenses in your eyes can change shape and lose their flexibility as the years go by, which prevents light from reaching the retina as easily as it could in your younger days.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, tends to increase slightly with age. Presbyopia is likewise age-related and often occurs in those 40 and older. (That’s why you see so many adults wearing those distinguished reading glasses.)
So, wearing your glasses is a surefire way to correct the vision issues that naturally arise from aging or other causes. It’s not wearing your prescription eyewear that can cause unnecessary problems. If your eyesight goes uncorrected, you may experience eye strain, headaches, fatigue, and squinting. Always schedule an appointment with an optometrist if these symptoms are occurring.
In more serious cases, especially with children, not wearing prescribed glasses for conditions like strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye) can make the condition worse—or even permanent.
Why Does It Seem Like Your Eyesight Is Getting Worse After Wearing Glasses?
Your eyesight isn’t actually getting worse after wearing the glasses—it just seems like it is.
When you take off your prescription glasses, the world around you might seem blurrier than you remember pre-glasses. But nothing has changed, aside from your perspective. Your eyes and your brain are becoming accustomed to seeing the world a lot clearer, so the effects of uncorrected vision are more noticeable.