When your eyesight is not perfect, you have to start wearing glasses.
But in the rugged world of high school, wearing glasses can be a real torment especially because of offensive nicknames.
This can lead to the avoidance of wearing glasses, even if it is really needed for correction of the deficiency or condition of the eyesight.
We can notice this with many adults who want to maintain their youthful appearance.
Reduction of vision is an inevitable part of aging, and the rejection of glasses and putting pressure on the eye is not so unusual.
The question is, if we need to wear glasses, but are not wearing them, can we worsen our eyesight?
What does it mean to have a bad eyesight?
When talking about “poor vision” we do not describe only one condition.
In fact, there are a number of different problems that one person may have that can lead to visual impairment.
In children, obscene vision is usually the result of refractive errors (shortsightedness or farsightedness), astigmatism.
Or as a result of lazy or crossed eyes.
Myopia (shortsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) are the most common forms of vision problems, but astigmatism is also common.
These damages are due to the shape and size of the cornea in relation to the eye. Because the cornea is where the light and the image are “focused” so that we can see it. When the light does not focus properly, we see the images blurry under certain conditions.
Although these problems were believed to be dictated by genetics, however, the genetic predisposition to these conditions could be exacerbated by some behavioral habits. Such as too much time before the screen, reading or straining the eyes at a young age (especially smart-phone users).
A combination of genetics and behavioral factors may cause early problems with eyesight in our youth.
For these conditions, the glasses help to compensate for the discrepancy in the shape of the cornea and to see clearly without straining the eyes.
If we constantly strain our eyes to see clearly, there is a high likelihood of having persistent headaches. As well as lack of concentration.
However, this does not mean that our eyesight is getting worse. But simply compels our eyes to work diligently with the possibility of a number of unpleasant side effects.
Complicated problems with vision that occur in children, such as lazy eyes (amblyopia) or crossed eyes (strabismus), are different from problems with blurred vision.
These problems can actually be corrected with certain types of glasses. If a child has such problems and does not wear glasses, then the situation may continue to deteriorate and become a permanent problem.
And what if we get old?
There are other vision problems, such as cataract, glaukom and macular degeneration. This latter happens to us slowly, as we age.
The result of oxidation and the influence of free radicals in the eye causes a gradual breakdown of our macula. Causing many people to need glasses as they age.
Macular degeneration hurts our ability to use a central focused sight, which hampers activities such as reading and driving.
If you don’t wear glasses for this type of eye problem at this stage of your life, it will not harm your eyesight directly. Nor will it get worse faster.
It will simply cause eye strain, which will lead to headaches, inability to focus, double vision and other symptoms.
This, in turn, will make the eyesight more difficult and will weaken the muscles in the eyes.
Most vision problems are anatomical and physiological by nature. Which means that by wearing glasses we will return our eyesight to normal, while preventing eye strain.
But it is not the same as fixing the problem.
Or, in other words, wearing glasses is a means of relieving symptoms in an effective way, not completely removing them.
The best way to protect yourself from vision problems is to minimize eye damage. Such as exposure to the sun, maintaining proper hygiene, regular examinations and vitamins (beta-carotene containing carrots is great for the eyes).
Conditions such as glaukom and cataract can be corrected with different procedures and drugs.