We have all heard the vision myths while growing up. From telling you “you’ll hurt your eyes if you sit too close to the tv” to “eat your carrots for better vision”. It’s important to separate fact from fiction, especially when the topic is eyesight. Knowing how to take good care of your eyes is the first step to protecting your sight for a lifetime.
- Myth: Spending hours in front of a computer will wreck your vision.
Sitting closer than necessary to a screen may give you a headache, but it will not damage your vision.Electronic screens don’t cause vision loss, but staring at them constantly can increase dryness and strain. You may also blink less while working at a computer, making your eyes dry and irritated,To prevent these symptoms, take regular breaks from the computer and look at objects far away.
- Myth: Reading in dim light will damage your eyes.
Reading in dim light is not bad for your eyes but tough. You won’t suffer eye damage or become short sighted. Your eyes may get strained or you may get a slight headache and your eyes will become tired a bit quicker causing words to seem blurry but this is only temporary and no permanent damage has been done to your vision. Point a lamp directly on the page while reading.
- Myth: You don’t need regular eye exams if you don’t have any obvious vision problems.
Many serious conditions involving the eyes don’t cause symptoms. In many cases, the only way to know there is a problem is with an eye exam. Regular eye exams can prevent eye disease, correct eye problems at an early stage helping to prevent more damage. A yearly eye exam is therefore essential to protecting your eye health, regardless of the visual status of your eyes.It check can protect more than just your sight. It can detect early symptoms of serious health conditions such as tumors, diabetes, hypertension, increased cholesterol, etc.
- Myth: Eating carrots can improve your eyesight.
Carrots are high in vitamin A, a nutrient essential for good vision. Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye (cornea) from ulcers, dryness and other defects. It also helps prevent night blindness. So although Vitamin A is essential to maintaining good eye health, it may not improve your vision if you have poor eyesight due to reasons other than Vitamin A deficiency. Eating carrots will provide you with the small amount of vitamin A needed for good vision, but vitamin A isn’t limited to carrots; it can also be found in milk, cheese, egg yolk, and liver.
- Myth: There’s nothing you can do to prevent vision loss.
When it comes to protecting your vision, you are not powerless.By eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, being physically active you will have a better chance of staying healthy and keeping your eyes healthy.
- Myth: Poor Eye Health/Vision Loss is Genetic
You’re safe if your family has no history of glaucoma. It’s a myth that If your parents have good eyesight, so will you.While some types of glaucoma, cataracts and other issues are inherited, there’s no guarantee either way. Get regular checkups!
- Myth: Crossing your eyes will make them stay like that.
When you cross your eyes for humor or amusement it may cause a few laughs but it will not cause permanent damage to your eyes and once you are done your eyes will return to normal placement. Our eyes naturally come together when we look at something closely so when you purposefully cross your eyes you are just exaggerating your eyes natural response.
When myths are treated as fact, proper eye care suffers.There are many more vision myths out there that we didn’t touch on in this article but these are some of the common ones. If you are in doubt that what your hearing about vision is a myth or fact talk with your eye professional to get the truth.