If you’re wearing glasses, chances are you’ve heard that if you use them for years and years, your eyes become smaller, appear sunken and you get dark circles or eye bags. Now, we’re not ones to fall for a popular myth, so we decided to do some digging to discover if there’s any truth to this, or if it’s just an old wive’s tale.
Let’s get this out of the way first: it’s impossible that wearing glasses, over any length of time, can physically shrink or change the size of your eyes. But do your specs cause an optical illusion that makes your eyes appear smaller than they are? Well, that right there is what might have caused this myth to even come about.
Lenses in glasses work to correct a vision problem like myopia by decreasing the size of your retina to better your long-distance vision. So, the higher your prescription, the smaller your eyes will look. On the other hand, glasses that correct hyperopia have thicker, more magnifying lenses to improve your close-distance vision, and actually make your eyes appear larger.
However, the fact that glasses don’t cause a physical change to the size of your eyes, doesn’t mean you don’t have to deal with your eyes looking small behind your glasses. We all want to look and feel our best, so we’ve put together some eye-enhancing tips to tackle this annoying effect with ease.