Eye Myths Busted

woman with glasses reads eye myths

For generations, eye health and care myths have spread on countless playgrounds, at dinner tables, and in schools. Everyone has heard these all-time classics:

  • “Eat carrots for good eyesight.”
  • “Don’t cross your eyes, or they will stay that way.”
  • “Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyesight.”

Just how accurate are these myths? Sometimes the myths have merit; other times, they simply need to be ignored.

So, grab your deerstalker hat and magnifying glass, Sherlock, and let’s debunk a few eye myths!

Myth 1: You only need to see an eye doctor when you notice vision problems.

Busted, busted, busted! It is always good to be proactive when protecting your vision, even if you are not experiencing noticeable eye issues. A yearly exam allows early detection of eye disease and other issues that can affect your vision.

Myth 2: Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes. children sit in front of tv to represent eye myth

There is no evidence showing that sitting too close to a TV will damage eyesight. However, doing this can ultimately cause tired eyes and other discomforts such as neck tension and headaches. The good news is if your eyes feel tired, you can simply take a break.

During extended periods of screen time, take a break every 20 minutes and look into the distance. This will give your eyes a rest. A good point to note is that sitting close to the TV could be a sign of nearsightedness; another reason regular eye exams are important. Myth: Busted!

Myth 3: If you cross your eyes, they will stay that way.

Your eyes will not stay crossed if you cross them. Your eye muscles can certainly tire if you cross them for an extended period, but they will not get stuck. Some children, however, are born with a condition called strabismus, commonly called crossed eyes, but it is often treatable. Another myth bites the dust!

Myth 4: Wearing glasses causes your eyesight to worsen.

Wearing glasses does not weaken your vision. This myth exists because when someone begins wearing glasses, vision continues to deteriorate over the years, and stronger prescriptions are needed. Vision naturally weakens as people age – with or without the use of glasses or contacts. Now that we’ve debunked another myth, let’s move on to the last one.

Myth 5: Eat carrots to improve eyesight.

There happens to be a grain of truth to this myth. Carrots contain vitamin A, which benefits your eyesight. Carrots, however, are only a moderate source of vitamin A; eating carrots alone will not improve vision.

Eating carrots along with fruit and other vegetables high in vitamin A is beneficial. In addition to carrots, yellow corn, sweet potatoes, squash, and leafy greens can all help you maintain eye health.

Myths, superstitions, and rumors can often be rooted in truth. But if you have questions about your eye health and vision, it is best to consult an eye care professional. They will be able to accurately answer your questions and clear up any misconceptions you may have.

If you would like to schedule an eye exam, please contact The Eye Center, with locations in Huntsville and Madison, at 256-705-3937.

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