Myth: Eye exams are not necessary unless you have an eye problem. Fact: Due to the chronic nature of many eye diseases sight is stolen bit by bit and by the time you realize it you may already have significant loss of vision.
Myth: Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes Fact: A Television does not cause eye damage Kids often sit “too” close to the TV simply to become more engaged. This isn’t known to cause any human health issues. This myth had its origin back in the 1960s when General Electric sold some novel color TV sets that emitted excessive amounts of radiation (as much as 100,000 times more than was considered safe). GE quickly recalled and repaired the faulty TVs, but the stigma stuck to this day.
Myth: If you are a contact lens wearer and have dry eyes you cannot have LASIK Fact: Soft contact lenses soak up tears and make eyes experience gritty discomfort, this does not mean that you have dry eyes. In the MO Price Three Year Lasik Study comparing dry eye symptoms in contact lens wearers that continued using contact lenses to those who had LASIK, the LASIK patients did better.
Myth: Wearing over the counter reading glasses will weaken your eyes. Fact: Your reading vision worsens because you are ageing Over the counter reading glasses are not the most stylish or well-made glasses but the price is certainly right.
Myth: Smartphones cannot permanently damage your eyes Fact: Too much screen time may wreck your eyes, especially at night. Blue light in particular that is transmitted by smartphones may be toxic to your eyes. The specialized photoreceptors located in the retina are damaged by blue light and can lead to Macular degeneration, a major cause of vision loss worldwide.
Myth: Eating carrots will improve your eyesight. Fact: Unless you are vitamin A deficient carrots won’t make bad vision better.