I used to occasionally try on other people's glasses in high school, but forgot about it for 15 years until last year I'd done it at work. A guy with about -2 prescrition let me borrow his extra pair, and I liked it! Now over those years I'd had regular eye exams, but always had 20/20 and been given a script of around +0.5 -0.75 @ 90 in each eye, never buying glasses (no insurance or need). Well at last year's exam I decided to fill it online since they were so cheap. On a whim I substracted -2 from the sphere; if I couldn't stand it, hey, what's 20 bucks? Well long story short I now also own pairs -4 and -6 too strong, and for the most part, can see well thru them after a brief 'learning' period (except the -6 I can't read anyting closer than my PC monitor) and like the effects. Sometimes when I wear the stronger ones I get eyestrain, but can handle the -2s all day and -4s for a long time.
I also just ordered glasses with the right script and I don't like them as much, otherwise, I'd stop this silliness.
I have two questions, #1, is this illegal? and, #2, will I damage my eyes - serious disease, or just refractive errors like myopia, astigmatism increase, or earlier loss of near vision? The internet-and what little I can make of studies - is full of conflicting info about that question #2 so I am asking a real person (afraid to ask my own eye doc on this year's visit during which my script hadn't worsened...yet).
Thanks for hearing my strange request, Buddy J.
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