You might be surprised how, with any information being a few taps or keystrokes away, myths about eyesight still persist. In today’s post, local eye doctor Joel H McGahen OD debunks common myths about the human eyes.
Myth: Eye Exams Are Only Necessary When You Have an Eye Problem
There are many types of eye conditions and diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and refractive errors—nearsightedness and farsightedness, among others—that can be detected early in life through routine eye examinations. If found early, these eye conditions can be treated, even prevented, sooner. Even if your eyes seem fine, visit an eye doctor at least every two years.
Myth: Wearing Someone Else’s Glasses Can Cause Eye Damage
It’s fairly common to see people trying out other people’s eyeglasses for fun, or just out of curiosity. While wearing prescription eyeglasses that are not yours will cause eye strain, fatigue, and disorientation, wearing them won’t cause permanent eye damage. However, you should beware sharing eyewear with someone who has conjunctivitis or pink eye, as it is contagious. If you think you need prescription eyewear, schedule an appointment with your local optometrist.
Myth: Using a Computer or Sitting Too Close to the TV Will Hurt Your Eyes
Everyone who spent their childhood within reach of a television, computer or video game console would have been admonished by their parents about how these things will damage the eyes. But the truth is, while these devices do cause eye fatigue and headaches from prolonged use, they do not cause permanent damage.
If you’re in situations where using a computer or a similar device is a must, as is often the case with many types of jobs nowadays, give your eyes some rest by following the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes spent using a screen, look at an object 20 feet away for a total of 20 seconds.
Myth: Eating Carrots Will Improve Eyesight
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A. Incorporating carrots as a regular part of your diet is beneficial, as it can help lower your risk of certain cancers and support bone growth. Many people also perceive vitamin A as good for the eyes, which, for the most part, is true. Vitamin A deficiency can cause night blindness and increase susceptibility to infections, among other things. But what it doesn’t do is cure vision problems such as myopia and cataracts. If you experience these or any other problems, an appointment with your local eye doctor should be your first step.
If you need a routine eye exam or a new pair of eyeglasses, call Joel H McGahen OD at (717) 264-4012. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Chambersburg, PA, and surrounding communities.