Like most things in life, urban legends or myths exist with our eyesight. You know you have heard some of them. So let’s take a moment to address the most common eye myths.
First — eating a lot of carrots can improve your eyesight. Carrots do contain a great deal of Vitamin A, a crucial vitamin for functioning vision. But only a small amount of Vitamin A is required for our vision to work properly and most adults usually get enough Vitamin A without adding extra carrots to their diets.
Second — your vision will be damaged if you read by dim, or low light. While your eye muscles do have to work harder to read in the low or dim light, this does not physically damage them. Instead, you may experience the symptoms of “eye strain,” such as headaches, blurred vision, backaches, or sore neck. But these symptoms are temporary and do not cause permanent damage to your eyes.
Third — children and adults don’t need eye exams unless there is something wrong with their vision.
Both adults and children should actually get regular eye exams to catch issues before they turn into something much more serious.
Fourth — if you cross your eyes they will get stuck that way.
Your eyes are muscles and just like other muscles in your body, when you use them too much they become tired. They will not get stuck in place.
And lastly — if you sit too close to the TV or another screen, you will damage your vision. Similar to reading by dim or low light, staring at a screen for too long can lead to eye strain or your eyes becoming dried out.