Can I Wear Glasses All The Time?

If you’ve recently started wearing prescription glasses, or have just gotten your very first pair of glasses, you are hopefully experiencing clearer vision.
If you’ve visited our office, you should have a great set of frames for your glasses that are very comfortable. (If you don’t have comfortable frames – definitely come see us!). If you are comfortable in wearing your new glasses, there is no reason why you can’t just wear your glasses as much as you’d like to.

Many folks love their new improved vision and find themselves increasing the amount of time that they wear their glasses.  However, many times we hear that people are very concerned that they could possible wear their glasses too much and damage their eyesight.  We’re going to look at this issue in depth in this article.

The likely outcome – increased time wearing your glasses but can you wear glasses all the time?

In the majority of cases wearing your glasses in an increasing amount will not harm your eyes. Whether it’s prescription glasses, or a specific set of lenses for corrective vision, wearing your glasses for longer periods of time won’t hurt your vision.

In the majority of cases wearing your glasses in an increasing amount will not harm your eyes. Whether it’s prescription glasses, or a specific set of lenses for corrective vision, wearing your glasses for longer periods of time won’t hurt your vision.

Situations Where You Can’t Wear Glasses All The Time

There are certainly times when you will need to not wear eye glasses based on the situation or choose a different eyewear option.
One of the most obvious answers for a time to not wear glasses would be during sleep. While you glasses are definitely not necessary for sleep, you’ll also want to remove them to insure that you don’t damage them while you’re sleeping.  We also recommend cleaning your glasses as a regular practice either upon going to bed at night, or upon waking up in the morning.

Another situation when you may not wear your regular glasses would be outdoor.  Especially here in Oklahoma, our Summers are very bright.  Combined with a flat geographic area and not a lot of trees, we have major sun exposure.  This especially true here in Tulsa. For outdoor wear or even for driving, you really want to consider a pair of glasses that combines your prescription with a coating that blocks UV rays.  You can always visit our shop for one on one assistance to find the right solution for your needs as well.

Why Not Wear Glasses All The Time?

There are many reasons why people don’t wear their glasses all the time. They may not like the way your frames look, be self conscious about how they look, or just not feel comfortable wearing them.
Beyond the look and feel of your glasses, a lot of people are afraid that wearing glasses all the time can hurt their eyes and worsen their vision, increasing their dependency on eye glasses or contacts.

What do people believe about wearing glasses all the time?

In a recent study found that among several different people groups that the majority  (over two thirds surveyed) believed that wearing glasses all the time could significantly damage their eyesight. In addition to the belief that wearing glasses all the time would damage your vision, many people surveyed were self conscious when it came to wearing glasses and believed that they would be mocked or made fun of. 
Surprisingly, there have been very few trials conducted on the affect of wearing glasses on a continuous basis.  From what we’ve seen though, there is no clear evidence of negative impacts for adults when it comes to continuously wearing glasses.

Why do people still think that wearing glasses all the time makes their eyesight worse?

We really believe that the truth is that many people find themselves more and more dependent on their eye glasses only because their glasses deteriorate after many years of use.  The fact in most cases is that the glasses have worsened not the eyes!   We see this all the time when folks visit us with a worn out pair of glasses that have significantly deteriorated over the years.  They served their purpose day in and day out for a long time, but they just aren’t cutting it anymore. 
If you’re not convinced, you can always visit us or contact us to bring in your glasses for an inspection.  We’ll get to the bottom of the issue for you.
Getting a new set of frames can be a bit daunting, but with the right fit and the right look you can greatly improve your quality of vision.  That’s why we love helping families and individuals find the winning combination for their eyewear. 
We carry the very best styles and brands to make sure you find a pair of glasses that fits your face perfectly and matches your unique look.  We’ve got names like HUGO Boss and Maui Jim as well as Vera Wang.  No matter what your preference is – we’ll get you the perfect pair of glasses.

When it comes to reading glasses, many times people falsely correlate the pain they experience from straining their eyes when reading to the reader glasses that they’re wearing.  Whenever you experience an inconvenience or pain with your eyes, it’s time to have a conversation with a professional about your eyewear.

The Exception: Children

Children are an exception. Wearing the wrong glasses or wearing glasses when they are not actually needed is not OK.  Forcing the wrong glasses or unnecessary glasses on a child can have a major negative impact on a child.
If your child needs glasses though, please act quickly.  The benefits are very evident for children when it comes to eyesight.  They need clear vision to make sure that they can have full educational benefits in school.  Beyond that the quality of their life can be greatly improved as well. Glasses have been well documented to improve reading speeds and thus greatly improve learning for children.

Disclaimer: All content within this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional.