We’ve all heard myths related to eyesight and vision, causing confusion about what’s good for eyes and what isn’t. But, are any of them actually true?
Here are 6 common misconceptions and the truth behind them:
Myth #1 – Glasses Make Your Eyesight worse
Glasses and contact lenses make your vision clearer and wearing them does not improve/worsen your vision. As a result, by wearing glasses, the muscles in our eyes are working less which can prevent eye strain.
Myth #2 – TV’s, Computers & Phones Hurt Your Eyes
We’ve all been told ‘don’t sit too close to the tv’ or ‘take a break from our phones’ but screens do not cause a loss of sight. However, staring at screens constantly can lead to dryness and eye strain as we all tend to blink less when we use them. Try the 20-20-20 rule to help with this.
Myth #3 – Your Vision Is Affected By Reading in Poor Light
Though reading in poor light doesn’t worsen your vision, it can cause more strain than it needs too. Always make sure you have plenty of light whether you’re reading a book or on a screen.
Myth #4 – Poor Eye Health/Vision Loss is Genetic
Whilst there are some conditions that you are more likely to be at risk of than others due to your family history, there is no guarantee.
Myth #5 – Glasses are just for old people
Glasses are for everyone. Your eyes are like any other part of the body, as we age they will change. We will all need help with our vision sooner or later but some of us are lucky to wear glasses earlier than others
Myth #6 – Carrots Are the “Magic” Food for Eye Health
The most famous of them all. Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A deficiencies are a leading cause of blindness, so carrots are important for your eye health and so are green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits.
When myths are treated as fact, proper eye care suffers. Don’t wait till you’re 40 (another myth) to get annual eye checks, since early detection is the best treatment!