Here’s What’ll Happen if You Don’t Wear Glasses or Lenses When You’ve Shortsightedness

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Shortsightedness, better known as myopia, is a condition that plagues a significant portion of mankind – an estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide.

An eye focusing disorder in nature, the condition causes sufferers to unable to perceive distant objects clearly. Instead, it will all be, for lack of a more fitting phrase, a blur.

Shortsightedness occurs when the eyes become “overly elongated”. After concentrating on nearby projects for long periods of time, the focusing muscles in the eyes tend to lock up – which in turn causes the eyes to become more elongated.

Here’s What’ll Happen if You Don’t Wear Glasses or Lenses If You’ve Shortsightedness

With that said, prescriptive glasses are routinely used to circumvent the blurriness in the distance. With the help of these items, myopic people are able to perceive faraway objects just as clearly as before.

And yet, the all-important question begets; what, then, would happen if you don’t wear prescriptive glasses or lenses, despite having shortsightedness?

See, some people may detest glasses for how they look. Others may find lenses a great inconvenience.

Several may also fall under the whole “not wearing glasses will cure your eyes” impression – a notion which, though supported by testimonies, has since been debunked by certain organisations.

Whichever reason it is, one thing’s clear:

Not wearing glasses or lenses is not going to help your eyes.

In fact, if left unchecked, it may even take on an adverse effect in the long run.

For starters, you may risk the possibility of eyestrain.

Lest you’re unaware, eyestrain is the result of your eyes “working overtime” to either read or focus.

Symptoms of eyestrain include serial headaches, double vision, blurry vision and fatigued eyes.

Needless to say, it would almost certainly affect you adversely during working or studying hours.

Not wearing glasses may also entail obvious risks.

For instance, driving with a blurred vision is logically unsound.


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Scouring your way through public places without glasses may also prove to be a distinct disadvantage.

Needless to say, you would have to live your life in a constant blur – with only the nearest objects discernible to your naked eye.

This would certainly create a whole host of inconveniences, and may also give rise to anxiety problems – which may occur when you’re somewhat disadvantaged in the sight sector.

So Are Glasses Or Lenses A Must?

For the time being, it would certainly appear to be the case.

According to endmyopia.org, glasses (or lenses) serve to correct a focal plane error. Without glasses, we would have to uncover why there is a focal plane error, and how we can rectify it accordingly.

Most of the time, we are unable to achieve the latter – in spite of online-prescribed eye exercises and the allure of the outdoors. 


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Though more so than the ‘ineffectiveness’ of the given methods, a case can be made that present reality just doesn’t accommodate such 16th-century notions.

In the year 2020, we are more likely to be involved with an electronic gadget of sorts than say, a wildflower.

As such, self-prescribed methods are likely to falter in the long run.

Granted, methods like LASIK surgery have served to eliminate myopic problems. However, they are still, for the most part, only available to the more well-off population in the world.

Others would still have to contend with the conventional, temporary measures.


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But then again, it does not have to be all gloom and bleary. Though prescriptive glasses and lenses are recommended for eye-intensive activities, you can still afford to take them off once in a while.

And so, in conclusion?

Not wearing glasses has not been scientifically proven to heal your eyes, and it might strain eyes instead unless you sleep 24 hours a day.

Wearing glasses may not exactly serve to heal your eyes either (though it may prove rehabilitative). But one thing that glasses has over the naked myopic eye is “vision”.

Though it may be a “temporary” measure, glasses (or lenses) still help us to view the world in a clear, distinct fashion.


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And to some, that may be all they need.

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