General Facts vs Myths Number 6.

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.

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General Facts vs Myth Number 5.

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.

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General Myths vs Facts Number 2.

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.

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Glaucoma Myths vs Facts Number 4

Myth - Glaucoma only affects the older generation. FACT – The risk of glaucoma does increase with age, but this eye disease can affect all ages even new-born babies. There are different types of glaucoma for example congenital glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and angle closure or open angle glaucoma or even pigmentary glaucoma. Although your risk is smaller the younger you are, anyone can have glaucoma.

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