Top 5 Eye Health Myths

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Read about silly facts that have become associated with our eyesight over the years. While no one knows for certain where these myths originated, many people still believe these eye health myths are true to this day.

1. Eating carrots will improve eye health.
While Vitamin A needs to be included in a normal healthy diet, eating vast quantities of the nutrient won’t create a sudden improvement in your vision problems. However; the lack of certain nutrients can cause certain eyesight problems  to occur, such as age related macular degeneration. So eating a balanced diet is more important to overall eye health than designing your menu around specific nutrients.

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Does sitting too close to the TV cause vision problems?

2. Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyesight.
Spending countless hours in front of the TV, playing video games or checking social media sites online, won’t cause permanent vision problems. You may experience short-term headaches or temporary blurry vision, but those problems will go away on their own. The problem is when you spend too much time focusing on close up objects, you have a tendency to blink less which causes your eyes to dry out.

3. Reading in a dark room, with the lights turned off, will lead to vision problems.
Reading or doing homework in a poorly lit room could cause a bit of eye strain which may lead to headaches. So although your vision won’t be permanently affected, you may want to open up your curtains during the daytime or at least turn on a small lamp on your bedside table when reading at night. But if you prefer to play Plants VS Zombies on your iPad with the lights turned off, you don’t have to worry about causing permanent vision problems.

top 5 eye health myths

Wearing really dark glasses may not prevent sun damage.

4. Dark glasses are necessary to protect your eyes from the sun.
Sunglasses need to have both UVA and UVB protection to properly prevent damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. How dark a pair of sunglasses are has nothing to do with how well they will protect your eyes. Overexposure to sunlight from not wearing sunglasses, does increase your risk for developing cataracts and other age related vision problems.

5. Wearing glasses all the time will make you more dependent on using eyeglasses.
Glasses and contact lenses don’t cause a degradation in your vision. If your optometrist has prescribed eyeglasses, wear them when needed. Some people only need glasses for close up reading and computer use while others need them for distance vision while driving.

If you are experiencing vision problems, make sure to visit a licensed eye doctor who can complete a thorough eye examination and prescribe the exact RX needed for your lenses. Retail stores, such as Stanton Optical, are staffed with board certified Doctors of Optometry from 6 to 7 days per week. Experts suggest having routine eye exams every 2 years from the age of 18 to 60, with yearly exams for anyone 60 and older.