Myth #1: Staring At Screens Weakens Your Eyes
Fact: In the recent past, we all heard that sitting too close to the TV damages your eyes. Today, people say the same thing about computers and phone screens. Not true! Staring at screens can cause eye fatigue, since we tend to blink less often during screen time, but this does not result in eye damage. To reduce eyestrain and eye fatigue, follow the 20 20 20 rule. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Myth #2: Eating Carrots Will Improve Your Vision
Fact: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A (also known as retinal) inside the body. Although retinal is an important molecule involved in maintaining normal vision, it cannot improve poor eyesight. A diet rich in retinal can only help to maintain eyesight that is already normal and healthy.
Myth #3: Sunglasses Protect Your Eyes From The Sun
Fact: This is not completely true. Dark shades that do not have UV protection do nothing to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Only sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays provide real protection from the sun. For extra sun blocking safety, look for frames with a wraparound shape.
Myth #4: Eye Exams Are Only Necessary When Problems Arise
Fact: Regular visits to the eye doctor are not just for the elderly or the vision impaired. Eye checkups are an essential part of overall health, whether or not you’re having noticeable issues with your vision. Diseases like glaucoma can arise long before old age sets in, which is why preventative care is vital to maintaining healthy vision. Be sure to make an appointment with an eye care professional and follow a regimented eye health program.
Myth #5: Children Can Outgrow Crossed Eyes
Fact: Crossed eyes (medically known as strabismus) do not go away as a child gets older. In fact, crossed or misaligned eyes left untreated can lead to poor vision and depth perception. Speak with your eye doctor about treatment options for your child as soon as possible. Optometrists may recommend an eye patch, eye drops, or surgery to correct the problem.
The ophthalmology team at Everett & Hurite is highly experienced in all areas of eye care - from routine exams to complex surgical procedures. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and eye care products enable us to deliver a superior level of care to all of our patients. If you have any questions or concerns about your eye health, call 412-288-0858 or Request an Appointment with us today.