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Eye Care Myths

Updated on April 30, 2013
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Chances are there is an eye care myth that you actually believe. With so many myths floating about, it can be hard to know the truth regarding your eyes and vision. The following is a list of common eye myths and the facts that dispel them.

Eye Care Myth #1

  • Wearing Glasses Will Make You Dependent on Them. This very common eye myth may have led some to avoid the use of glasses despite the need. This is probably the biggest myth when it comes to vision care. The fact is eyeglasses simply make you see better. They do not, however, change the structure of the eye. Those who wear glasses often prefer the corrected vision over the uncorrected. This may lead some to feel that they are dependent on their eyeglasses when in actually they have just become use to seeing clearly.

Eye Care Myth #2

  • Eating Carrots improves you vision. While carrots are rich in vitamin A (which is essential for eyesight) there are many other foods which also contain this vitamin. A well balanced diet will provide you with all the vitamin A you need for good vision, even if you choose not to eat carrots.

Eye Care Myth #3

  • Reading in dim light is harmful to your harms. For many years reading, sewing, and other tasks were completed by nothing but candlelight. While good lighting does make reading substantially easier, using your eyes in dim light does not cause damage.

Eye Care Myth #4

  • Using Computers can damage your eyes. When using computers for long periods of time, people tend to blink less often than normal. This can lead to dry eye, eye strain, and fatigue. This will not, however, harm your eyes. Take regular breads by looking across the room at objects farther away. Artificial tears may for dry eyes and keep the monitor 18-24 inches from your face and at a slightly downward angle.

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Eye Care Myth #5

  • Wearing the wrong glasses damages your eyes. While wearing the correct eyeglasses or contacts will help you see clearly, wearing the wrong ones (or not wearing any at all) will not do physical damage in most cases. Children under the age of eight who are in need of glasses, however, should wear their own prescription to prevent the development of amblyopia or "lazy eye."

Eye Care Myth #6

  • Sitting too close to the television can damage the eyes. There is no evidence to suggest that sitting too close to the television or holding reading material too close to the eyes causes damage. In children, however, this can be an indication that they are nearsighted and not seeing as clearly as they should.

Eye Care Myth #7

  • People with weak eyes should avoid reading fine print. The eye is like a camera and just like a camera it will not wear out sooner when viewing intricate detail.

Eye Care Myth #8

  • Children outgrow crossed eyes. Though infants are known to have eyes that occassionally wander, this typically corrects itself after the first six months. An older child with a eye that constantly moves out/in or up/down, may have a serious eye muscle problem. Any eye crossing or wandering should be evaluated by a optometrist or ophthalmologist.

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