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My 11 year old daughter just got diagnosed with a mild astigmatism,

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My 11 year old daughter just got diagnosed with a mild astigmatism, one eye a little worse than the other. The Doctor recommended glasses for her.She is not nearsighted or far sighted, she sees fine. One eye is just blurry far away. Does she need the glasses? Will wearing glasses make her nearsighted? Will her eyes get worse without glasses? Are there exercises she could do instead?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
Hello,

Most people will have some prescription if checked. Getting glasses will depend on your daughter. If she is having difficulty reading small print or seeing what is written on the board in school, then the glasses will help get it into sharper focus.

It will not harm her eyes if she chooses to wear glasses or not to wear them. People's eyes change during aldolescence and her prescription may worsen next year. This will happen regardless of wearing or not wearing glasses. No exercises have been shown to change the outcome of a glasses prescription.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I wanted to know if she needs the glasses for her astigmatism? Will it harm her eyes if she does not wear them?
Expert:  Dr. James replied 7 years ago.
I wanted to know if she needs the glasses for her astigmatism?

Since you said she sees fine far away, just a little blurry in one eye, then I can assume the astigmatism is mild. Without knowing the actual numbers, it is hard to say if she needs them.

If she really is not having any trouble seeing near or far, then she may not need glasses.
If your daughter noticed that the letters where much sharper during her exam, then getting glasses may be a good idea.

Will it harm her eyes if she does not wear them?

No.
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