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Can Wearing Someone Else’s Glasses Ruin Your Eyes?

We all know that eyes are one of the important organs of human beings. Because of this, people, especially parents show their extra care to assure the proper eyesight and vision of their children. Accordingly, a few parents also ask a few common questions related to eyes, like for instance whether watching TV for a long time may hurt the human eyes or wearing anyone else prescribed eyeglasses may damage your eyes and so on. Thus, with the help of this article, we have done a detailed analysis of what exactly will happen when a child or an adult wear prescribed eyeglass of someone else. Can Wearing Someone Else's Glasses Ruin Your Eyes?

Can Wearing Someone Else’s Glasses Ruin Your Eyes?

Firstly, the effects related to wearing someone else eyeglasses depend on the age of an individual. Accordingly,

In Children Or Kids

If we talk about the effects on children, if a child wears the wrong prescribed eyeglass for only 5minutes, it may not cause any harmful effect even though it forces him/her to be uncomfortable. However, when children put wrong prescription glasses for an extended period, they remain at a huge risk to suffer from lazy eye i.e. amblyopia, which further results in permanent eye damage. Other than this, a few other relevant theories have proved that children wearing wrong prescribed glasses for a long time develop the problem of myopia in the coming years. The logic behind this is simple, i.e. whenever a person puts on anyone else glasses, they presumably possess wrong prescriptions. Because of this, such eyeglasses present out-of-focus type of images in front of the retina, which is almost similar to any distorted image obtained from a mirror of an amusement park. Considering this fact, we should say that the risk in children or kids is relatively higher because the vision of a human being develops in his/her back area of the brain up to 7years or 9years.

In Adults

On the other side, in the case of adults, the nerve-wiring present between the brain and the eyes established already and become rigid. Because of this, they remain free from any risk or danger related to suffering from amblyopia. However, with the consistent usage of wrong prescribed eyeglasses, adults often experience headaches and eyestrain even though they do not experience any permanent damage. Along with this, prolonged usage of someone else prescribed eyeglasses in adults may result in deviation of eyes, also known as induction of squints. (1) (2)


To conclude, we should say that wearing someone else prescribed eyeglasses may cause severe problems in children but it may not cause any big problem in adults.


Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 1, 2022

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