There are some among us whose problems with their vision become apparent very early in their lives. Fortunately, they are but a small percentage of the population. Nevertheless, those whose conditions were diagnosed and who had the means had glasses fashioned so that they could go about their lives normally.
Most of those who wear glasses early in their lives have really bad problems with their vision, otherwise these would not been diagnosed. Nature helps correct vision problems in childhood, and those who had problems but did not wear glasses would outgrow the complication, benefiting from the body’s correction of the vision problem.
However, many who start wearing glasses early in their lives would continue to wear these throughout their lives, as glasses were never designed to correct the underlying cause of the vision problem, but merely to correct the refractive error in our eyes. In fact, there are many who say that glasses are harmful to the eyes. Once one begins wearing glasses, one becomes prone to straining the eyes to overcompensate when the objects being viewed are nearer or farther than the distance that the glasses were fitted for.
There is contention that it would be wiser not to wear glasses at all, and the eyes would naturally turn toward normalcy.
The reason why more and more of us need glasses in these times is because while working, we need to look at things closely for extended periods of time, thus eventually causing our eyeballs to somehow physically deform according to the focus needed in the extended viewing.
Thus professions that need reading or looking at computer monitors for extended periods tend to need glasses after a time.
The suggestion for people in such jobs or vocations is for them to somehow break the pattern by stopping every once in a while and focus on farther objects, so that the eyes retain their flexibility.
Unfortunately for most of us, that option is not available, specially if we are engrossed in what we are doing. Therefore many would need glasses.
The use of glasses is certainly helpful, for then we could read easier. However, they remain harmful, for beyond or closer than the reading distance that glasses were fitted for, our eyes are forced to compensate for the discrepancy. And the longer we wear glasses in the same close work conditions, the more the eyes would be exposed to an abnormal situation, reinforcing the initial problem.
In modern and post-modern times, glasses and other vision correction items like contact lenses became common. What is however disregarded is that there are no studies that have established that glasses are not harmful. This is because glasses were being used way before the modern and post-modern practice of requiring products to be tested for their safety before these were made available to the public. So we continue to wear glasses, even though we could say with some certainty that these are more harmful than beneficial.
Vision problems in earlier more simpler times, or in simpler societies, are mostly associated with the aging process. Eyesight problems occur mostly when people get old. Yet not all old people would develop eyesight problems in these societies.
Sadly for most of humanity, we have forsaken that simplicity, and so more and more of us would wear corrective lenses. And once we begin doing so, would inflict progressive myopia upon our unlucky eyes.
I am no doctor, but I now write about glasses and vision problems. It is because I misplaced my glasses (perhaps another sign of aging), and am typing this while looking at a blurred computer screen. I leave it to my spelling and grammar checker to correct whatever errors I commit, beyond the usual convoluted nonsense that I normally churn out.
If errors survive after editing, I beg understanding from the reader.