Myths About Your Eyes and Vision

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Your eyesight is one of your most critical senses: we perceive 80 percent of what we see with our eyes. By preserving your eyes, you can lower your chances of becoming blind or losing your eyesight, as well as stay on top of any growing eye illnesses like cataracts and glaucoma. Here are some myths about eyes and vision that can help you know more about them.

1. Carrots help to improve your vision

Fact: A healthy diet is essential in maintaining good vision. One of the first food items that probably comes to mind when you think about improving your vision is carrots. The fact is that Carrots are high in vitamin A and eating carrots will provide you with a small amount of vitamin A needed for good vision. However, some studies suggest that eating too many carrots won’t help your eyesight. When you have enough beta-carotene in your body, it will not be converted into Vitamin A. The body naturally responds against excessive production of Vitamin A to prevent the toxic levels buildup of the substance.

2. Reading in the dark will damage your eyesight


Fact: According to Optometrist, while reading in the dark might strain your eyes and give you a headache, It will not weaken your eyesight.
Most people can experience some decline in their vision as they age. Research shows that it is family history above all else that determines to what extent your vision will weaken. Some eye conditions are hereditary that includes:

  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Optic atrophy

Therefore, It’s important for you to learn eye conditions that your parents or grandparents had can help you take precautions.

3. Children With Crossed Eyes Can Be Treated

Fact: While children cannot outgrow strabismus (the medical term for crossed eyes) on their own, it can be repaired more readily at a younger age with the right help and can help prevent “lazy eye” (amblyopia). That is why it is critical to have your child’s eyes examined at a young age, first as an infant and then again by the age of two.

4. It Is Harmful to Your Eyes to Look Directly at the Sun.

Fact: Staring at the sun can not only give you a headache and distort your vision temporarily, but it can also harm your retina (the back of your eye) permanently. Any amount of time spent in the sun increases the cumulative effects of UV radiation on your eyes. Macular degeneration, solar retinitis, cataracts, pterygia, and corneal dystrophies have all been linked to UV exposure. Midday and during a solar eclipse are the most harmful times to look at the sun. The sun’s brightness is obscured, but the harmful invisible rays that permanently damage your eyes are not.

5. Artificial sweeteners cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light.

Fact: Artificial sweeteners, such as cyclamates, might make your eyes more sensitive to light. Other conditions can also cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light. Antibiotics, oral contraceptives, blood pressure meds, diuretics, and diabetic treatments are among them.

6. Sitting too close to the television can cause vision problems

Fiction: Sitting too near to the television can give you a headache, but it won’t hurt your eyesight. This may be done by children, especially those who are nearsighted, in order to see the TV more clearly. It’s possible that they’ll need glasses.

7. There Isn’t Anything You Can Do to Avoid Vision Loss

Fiction: You should consult your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms such as impaired vision, eye pain, flashes of light, or the abrupt appearance of floaters in your vision. There are treatments that can rectify, stop, or at least slowdown vision loss if identified early enough, depending on the reason.

8. Using a Nightlight in Your Child’s Room Will Contribute to Nearsightedness

Fiction: It has been suggested that using a nightlight in your child’s room can cause nearsightedness, however, there isn’t enough evidence to back this up. When your baby is awake, keeping a nightlight on in their room may really help them learn to focus and develop key eye coordination abilities.

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