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Will Glasses “Fix” My Child’s Vision?

The Vision Council of America says that close to 75 percent of American adults use at least one type of vision correction in daily life. Approximately 64 percent among them wear eyeglasses, while the remaining 11 percent wear contact lenses, with or without accompanying glasses. Despite being a common accessory, glasses remain greatly misunderstood, even feared.

Do you find yourself with unanswered questions about glasses and vision correction? Read through these three FAQ’s and discover glasses for the amazing device they are!

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1. Will glasses correct my vision?

Yes they will. Now it’s important to understand that glasses will not fix eye problems. They will however, correct how you see, despite those problems. Confused? Let’s quickly recap how vision and glasses work, and you will find it easier to understand.

The act of seeing involves light rays from objects converging inside your eyes, with the intention of being focused on the surface of the retina. In people with perfect vision, the rays fall directly on the retina. Next, the pupil and cornea shrink, focus and curve the image formed to create the final image.

In the final step, signals are sent to the brain, which then interprets the signals as the object you are seeing. Again, in people with perfect vision, the shrinking, focusing and curving of the image, by the pupil and cornea, are spot on. In people who do not have perfect vision, whether due to problems in the retina, cornea or pupil, the vision becomes blurred.

Eyeglasses, which contain optimally curved pieces of glass as the lens, correct your vision by directing the rays of light straight to the retina. Similarly, they correct vision by manipulating the entry and exit of light to help you see properly. Therefore, glasses correct what your seeing, but do not fix the root cause of the manner in which you see things.

2. Will glasses correct adult astigmatism?

Yes they will. Properly prescribed glasses are known to correct all degrees of ‘normal’ astigmatism, whether mild, moderate or high. If, however, you suffer from ‘irregular’ astigmatism, you might require rigid, gas-permeable contact lenses to correct the condition.

3. Can glasses fix my child’s astigmatism or will he/she always have to wear glasses?

If your child currently wears glasses because he/she has normal astigmatism or farsightedness, he/she may outgrow it in time. Most children become progressively less farsighted as they grow. By the age of 11, many children stop wearing glasses because their visual impairments have either improved or resolved greatly. In children who have not outgrown glasses, you might consider contact lenses or refractive laser surgery to correct the problem as they approach adulthood.

Find a local Vision Source NC doctor near you to discuss vision correction options for you or your child.