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Common Eye Myths: Debunked

Common Eye Myths: Debunked

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Don't Be Blind to the Facts— 

You've heard so many of them: knuckle-crackers will get arthritis, wet hair can cause a cold, your eyes will stay crossed forever if someone hits you on the back of the head while you're crossing them, and more. Over the years, there have been a lot of myths and misconceptions circulating about an array of topics—including eye health and vision. That's why we're here to separate fact from fiction and to help you rest assured that you're taking good care of your eyesight.   Here are a few of the most common myths, debunked:   Fiction: Failure to use proper eyeglasses will hurt your eyes

Fact: This statement does have some truth for select people. Some children have eye problems that can be corrected within a time-sensitive period, and it is important that they wear their glasses. However, while corrective eyeglasses or contacts are needed to improve eyesight, using your eyes with or without glasses will not damage them further.

Fiction: Reading in dim light cam damage your eyes

Fact: Reading in dim light can cause eye strain and, in turn, eye fatigue, but it will not permanently damage your eyes.

Fiction: Watching TV for too long or sitting too close to the screen can damage your eyes

Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that doing this can damage your eyes. However, young children that often sit close to the TV may be doing so because they may have a vision problem. If this habit continues take the child to an eye doctor to ensure any potential eye problems are caught early and treated.

Fiction: Reading fine print for too long will wear out or damage your eyes

Fact: This is one of the most widely held myths about vision. Some people are concerned that they should not read too much because it will wear out their eyes. Although extensive or prolonged reading of fine print can cause eye strain, there is no evidence to suggest that reading, no matter how small the font size, will damage or wear out your eyes.

Fiction: An eye examination is only necessary if you're having problems

Fact: Everyone should follow a proper eye health program that includes an eye exam, whether or not they have signs or symptoms of vision problems. Children should be tested at birth, at 6 months of age, before entering school and periodically throughout their school years. For adults, the frequency depends on a doctor's advice and may be every 2 years or more often. Why get checked, though? Because it's not just about prescription glasses. An eye examination not only tests for visual impairment, but it also detects other underlying problems, many of which are asymptomatic, at their earliest stages.

Fiction: There's nothing you can do about preventing sight loss

Fact: Untrue! Routine eye examinations and proper safety eyewear can save your sight. At Prevent Blindness, we aim to arm you with all of the information and resources you need—because knowing how to take good care of your eyes is the first step to protecting your sight for a lifetime.

It's Time to Focus on the Facts

Now that we've dispelled common myths and misconceptions about your eyes and vision, we hope you feel equipped to protect your sight for a lifetime. Want to set the record straight with friends and family, too? Download and save a copy of the Common Eye Myths fact sheet.