Many patients may have heard lots of advice from their friends and parents to eat carrots and not to read with poor lighting, but do they know which pieces of advice are actually eye myths?
Here are some common eye myths debunked:
Sitting in front of the TV or computer will harm your eyes.
While patients who do this will experience eye strain, the strain and pain are temporary. Mainly it is painful because when you concentrate on something you are not blinking as often as you should! The strain comes from looking at a screen for long periods of time.
Not blinking enough can lead to dry eyes. Doing the 20/20/20 rulecan help alleviate the painful effects of dry eye. Every 20 minutes, take your eyes off your computer and look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Some other solutions for dry eye are to blink often and use artificial tear drops.
Eating carrots improve your vision
While diet can certainly help improve the health of a patient's eyes,eating carrots does not enhance vision. Vitamin A defiency is linked with poorer vision, but an abundance of intake of vitamins will not ensure eagle eyes. Some super foods to eat for healthier vision are: leafy greens, egg yolks, and fatty nuts.
Reading in dim light ruins your vision
While reading with poor lighting can give patients a headache and some eye strain, it won't worsen their vision or damage their eyes. However, for reading comfort, it does help to read with a bright light. Eye strain from reading in dim lighting may result in a number of physical effects including sore or itching eyeballs, headaches, back and neck aches and blurred vision. None of these symptoms damage a patient's eyes, and the effect eventually goes away.
Wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses makes you dependent to them
Using vision correction does not accelerate the deterioration of a patient's vision. Patients may notice that as they get used to clearer vision with their contact lenses or eyeglasses they will use them more, but it does not make them dependent on vision correction.
If you're a patient who needs a possible eye myth debunked, make sure to talk to us, we will de-myth the myth!
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