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5 Myths About Vision

There are a lot of old wives’ tales about the ability to see. You’ve most likely heard a few of them. However, it’s important to be able to separate fact from fiction — especially when it comes to your health and ability to see clearly. Here’s a look at five common myths about vision and the corresponding truth you should know about.

1. Wearing glasses will make your vision worse over time

This is entirely false. Wearing glasses will not make your vision worse. Glasses bend the light so that it focuses properly on the retina, they don’t affect the shape of the eye.

2. Eating carrots can improve your eyesight

Although carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, both of which are essential for maintaining retinal health, eating them won’t improve your vision. Eating too many carrots isn’t good either as it can cause carotenemia, a condition that turns the skin orange. Instead, try to maintain a balanced diet.

Fun fact: Recently, scientists have linked the antioxidant zeaxanthin to improved vision. This nutrient can be found in leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, and brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, like bell peppers.

3. Sitting too close to the TV is bad for your eyes

There’s no evidence that sitting too close to a television or computer screen can damage your eyes. However, it may be a sign of nearsightedness. In addition, frequent screen time can lead to eyestrain and headaches. Try to limit the amount of time you spend in front of computer and TV screens.

4. Reading in the dark will make you go blind

Luckily, this myth is also false. Although it may be difficult to read in dim lighting and you may experience eye strain, it won’t cause permanent damage.

5. You only need regular eye exams if you wear glasses

Regular eye exams help you maintain your ocular health. Even if your vision is 20/20, you could develop an eye condition such as a retinal detachment or glaucoma. Healthy adults should therefore have an eye exam at least once every two years. Regular exams will ensure that early signs of eye disease and other medical problems are detected before they become major issues. Early detection results in better outcomes.

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