Chances are you've heard a lot of different things about your vision over the years. There are of course, some supposed myths that really are true (it turns out carrots really are good for your eyes and yes, if you stare directly at the sun you can seriously damage your vision). Unfortunately, there's also a lot of misinformation that can negatively impact your eye health. Below are five of the biggest myths about your vision.
Myth #1: There's nothing you can do to prevent poor vision
Many people who suffer vision problems often accept it as something that's unavoidable due to the effects of aging or genetics. Unfortunately, that simply isn't the case. In fact, there are a lot of things you can do to improve your overall vision health, such as eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and controlling your cholesterol. Most importantly is going for regularly scheduled eye exams that will allow your optometrist to detect vision issues BEFORE they become more serious, offering treatment and prevention options that can help ensure your vision doesn't get any worse.
Myth #2: You don't need an eye exam if there's no change in your vision
Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest myths around vision. People think that because they haven't noticed any dramatic changes in their vision, there's no need to get an eye exam. The problem is that many eye conditions often go unnoticed, with symptoms only appearing in the final stages, by which time it may be too late. That's why getting regular eye exams at least once every two years for adults, and once a year for kids and seniors, is so important.
Myth #3: Reading in low light will damage your eyes
A camera isn't necessarily going to stop working just because it's operating in the dark. The same analogy holds true for your eyes. In low light, your pupil becomes enlarged to let in more light and allow you to see more clearly. While reading in low light for long periods of time might cause a strain on your eyes (leading to headaches and eye fatigue), it's not likely to have any long-term effects on your vision.
Myth #4: Squinting will damage your eyes
While it's true that squinting may be a sign you need corrective eyewear, there's no harm to your vision if you find yourself squinting a lot. In fact, squinting is your eyes way of making the pupil smaller to let in less light. Some people naturally squint more than others, which can lead to headaches and eye fatigue, but isn't likely to cause any serious long-term effects. If you do find yourself squinting a lot you should schedule an eye exam just to be on the safe side, but in all likelihood it isn't a cause for concern.
Myth #5: Wearing glasses or contacts will actually make your eyes worse
A lot of people mistakenly believe that their corrective eyewear becomes a kind of crutch and that eventually their eyes will somehow grow dependent on them and begin to worsen. This is completely untrue. Glasses or contacts help correct your vision issues, they don't make them worse. If anything, corrective eyewear can actually help slow the effects of certain conditions, allowing you to see better for longer periods of time.
To learn more about your vision or to book a complete eye exam, visit an FYidoctors near you.