Eye health is an important aspect of a long and vibrant life. The last thing that a person needs is to fall victim to believing faulty information that may affect how they take care of their eyes. Here, we discuss some of the most common vision myths we’ve heard over the years.
Wearing eyeglasses can exacerbate poor vision.
Fact: Some of the common conditions for which people wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, such as nearsightedness, can naturally worsen over time. It is nature, not wearing glasses, that causes vision ot get worse.
Screen time damages the eyes.
Fact: Screen time is not good for the eyes by any means. Adults who work on computers all day should have screen protectors that minimize the effects of blue light. It is important, when using a computer, to sit with good posture and stay about 18 inches away from the computer screen. Every twenty minutes or so, look away from the computer and focus on various objects situated across the room. This practice can help ward of digital eye strain and its uncomfortable symptoms.
Carrots help improve eyesight.
Fact: Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, a nutrient that is good for the eyes. That said, the eyes require more nutrients than the vitamin A contained in a cup of carrots to resist common eye diseases. Should you eat carrots? Yes, they’re good for the body. If you are looking for ways to promote optimal eye health, you may be better off talking to your ophthalmologist about a quality eye supplement that has a variety of ingredients.
Eyes are fully grown at birth.
Fact: A child does not have fully developed eyesight until about 2 years of age. The eyes continue to change throughout our entire life and can be affected by other health conditions, such as diabetes.
Eye exams are unnecessary unless there is an eye problem.
Fact: Eye exams are of vital necessity not only for adults but also for children. Youngsters may not have the awareness of language to tell caregivers that they do not see well. This may instead present as difficulty learning to read or squinting when looking at objects at a certain distance. For adults, eye exams go beyond checking vision. An ophthalmic exam also observes the lens of the eye, the cornea, and the retina to evaluate all structures for early signs of disease. Ophthalmic exams should occur yearly.
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