Myths & Facts About Your Eye Health

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 9:00am
Routine eye exam for child

There are several myths out there about our eyes and how to take care of them. Here are a few myths and the facts behind them. 

Myths About Our Eyes

One common myth that we spread often is that reading by low or dim light will worsen our vision. This is simply not true. 

Reading by low light will tire your eyes out, but it won’t worsen their health. Either way it is important to read by proper light. 

A similar myth applies to screens. Just like reading by low light, staring at a screen for an extended period of time won’t damage your eyes, it merely tires them out. 

Carrots and Eye Exercises Help, Right? 

Other common myths include “eating carrots” to correct eye issues or performing eye exercises to reduce the need for glasses. 

Carrots, which contain antioxidants, are indeed good for eye health but eating more dark, leafy greens will help more. Antioxidants can help protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. But eating loads of carrots won’t protect against basic vision issues. 

Likewise, eye exercises do not reduce the need for glasses. Other factors like the shape of our eyes contribute to vision issues which are not affected by eye exercises. 

Contact your family eye care provider for regular eye exams to stay on top of your eye health.