There are a ton of misconceptions when it comes to your eye health. We’ve collected some of the most common eye health myths and laid out the facts behind them.
False. Reading without sufficient light can cause your eyes to feel strained, dry, sore or watery and may even result in headaches. It will not however, permanently weaken your eyes or lead to blindness. Reading in low light is hard on your eyes because it forces them to multitask; they are both relaxing to collect light and contracting to focus on your reading material. Minimal light also results in less contrast between the page and the words making it increasingly difficult to focus.
Sitting Too Close to the TV is Bad for Your Eyes
Untrue. The myth that sitting too closely to the television will lead to blindness or a reliance on glasses is also incorrect. Just like reading in the dark, sitting too closely to the TV may cause headaches or discomfort, but will not permanently damage your eyesight. If anything, sitting too closely to the TV may be a symptom that you are already have trouble seeing. If you find yourself regularly inching closer to the screen, you may want to visit you eye care professional to see if you need a prescription.
The Wrong Prescription Will Worsen Your Sight
False. Glasses sharpen our vision and allow for us to see better without working our eyes harder. Wearing the wrong prescription is about as damaging as not wearing glasses at all. The wrong prescription lenses will not physically damage your eyes, but they may cause some discomfort or strain. Although it is not harmful, it is also not recommended.
Wearing Glasses Will Make You Dependent on Them
No. Just as wearing the wrong prescription will not physically change your eyes, wearing the right prescription will not cause your eyes to change or develop a dependency on them. Wearing prescription glasses can help correct blurred vision and wearing them more often may emphasize how much worse your vision is without them. Rest assured, this is not because the glasses are making your eyes lazy, you’re just becoming used to seeing clearly. You should definitely wear you prescription lenses as often as needed.
Carrots are Good for Eye Health
True. Carrots have a reputation for being good for your eyes. Although they don’t necessarily help you see better, or improve your vision, they are packed with vitamins and nutrients that are essential for optimal eye health. Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene and lutein; they help in the prevention of macular degeneration and the formation of cataracts.
You Don’t Need an Eye Exam if You Can See Well
Wrong. It is definitely a good sign if you do not find yourself having issues with your sight, but that does not mean having a professional eye examination isn’t worth your time. Some eye health conditions develop with no obvious symptoms or warning signs. Comprehensive eye examinations can help detect complications happening within your eyes that wouldn’t necessarily be obvious until it is too late. You should especially have regular eye exams if you have other health complications such as diabetes.
Vision Loss is Unpreventable
True, sort-of. It is normal for our vision to change and even deteriorate as we age. With that said, there are ways we can work to maintain good eye health for as long as possible. A healthy lifestyle involving exercise and nutrient filled foods in combination with regular eye exams can help prolong our years of healthy vision.
It is Safe to Stare Directly Into the Sun While Wearing Sunglasses
Untrue. It is not recommended to ever stare directly at the sun, even with sunglasses on. The sun releases ultra-violet rays that have the ability to damage our retina, lens or cornea. No sunglass lenses are strong enough to effectively protect your eyes from its ultra-violet rays. It has also been noted that the light produced by a solar eclipse has the ability to blind you if you look directly at it.
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