In this age of information overload, we get to hear too many random and unverifiable opinions that try to pass off as “facts”. Many such unverified statements have also been made about vision and eye health. These misconceptions have become so strong that pretty much everybody believes them to be facts. Let’s start debunking them one by one.
- “Sitting too close to the TV will damage your vision”
This is a very common misconception which is fed to us from childhood. The fact is that people or kids who are already suffering from farsightedness tend to sit close to the TV to see it clearly. This is often misinterpreted as the poor television being the root of vision problems.
- “Reading in the dark will ruin your eyesight”
This is another popular misconception, which broke the hearts of so many young bookworms. Reading in the dark can definitely cause a strain on your eyes and may give you a headache, but it will definitely not affect your eyesight.
- “Using glasses will weaken eyesight”
Some people suffer from the misconception that if they use any form of vision correction like spectacles or contact lenses, then their pre-existing power will increase even more. This is a big misunderstanding. Regular use of spectacles actually reduces strain on the eyes and provides crisp and clear vision. Not wearing spectacles further strains the eyes and this can lead to increase in eye power.
- “Staring at the computer for too long”
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it’s not the computer that is damaging your eyes. Staring at the computer screen at a stretch, some of us forget to blink as often, leading to dryness and irritation. This is why you need to take breaks at regular intervals if you work on a computer all day.
- “Regular eye exams are only for people with vision problems”
Just like all other aspects of our health, our vision also keeps changing. In fact you wouldn’t even know that you have vision problems in the early stages until you get an eye exam. Detecting vision problems in these early stages can help in minimizing their effect on your health and life. Hence, one should also go for an eye exam on a regular basis even if there are no visible signs of strain in vision.
- “Squinting can damage your vision”
Squinting does not damage your vision. Although, if you are squinting, then it may be a sign of an existing vision problem, especially in children.
- “Sunglasses are only required for the summer sun”
With the harsh summer sun beating down our backs, we are more aware and conscious about putting on those sunglasses. But the sun is shooting harmful UVA and UVB rays into our eyes throughout the year, which is a leading cause for macular degeneration and cataract formation, often leading to vision loss. Sunglasses
with strong UV protection should be worn throughout the year, whenever you are stepping out in the day time.