As an Optometrist, we often hear from parents “I don’t want my child to wear glasses, as it will make their eyes worse”, is there any truth to this ?
A large study in China has not only proven this theory to be incorrect, but actually the opposite is true. If you need glasses and do not wear them, your vision is more likely to get worse !
The study involved 4376 randomly selected children, they were divided into 2 groups, they had their vision recorded and assess for glasses. In one group they were given the glasses, the other group were not.
Contrary to the myth, the group that was not given any glasses showed a slight decrease in vision compared to the one given glasses.
Ahmed is an Optometrist with over 15 years experience. He is the senior Optometrist at Redgate Opticians in High Wycombe and is also currently working for the John Radcliffe Eye Clinic.