Eyeglasses : Myths about Vision and Eyeglasses

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 3-Nov-2011

Reading Glasses2If you wear eyeglasses, Dallas is a great place to live because of the resources available to you. Key Whitman, for example, is a leading eye-care facilitydedicated to improving vision and educating people about their eyes. There are a great many misperceptions about vision. Perhaps because the eyes are mysterious body parts for most people, and because they are important and need protection to stay healthy and strong, they tend to be the object of mythology. Here are a few of the top presumptions about vision and eyeglasses, debunked:

  • Eyeglasses make your vision worse over time, so you will continually need to switch to stronger prescriptions. Before you discover the need glasses, you do not realize that you are not seeing things clearly. Once you get glasses, things become much clearer, and you become accustomed to a new reality. When you take off the glasses and things become blurry, it is not because your eyes have gotten worse; it is because you are no longer used to the way things once appeared. It is important to remember that vision tends to get worse with advancing age, whether you wear glasses or not. While people who do not wear glasses may indeed grow to need them, those who do wear glasses most likely may need a stronger prescription.
  • It is necessary to periodically take off your glasses and exercise your eyes, as eye exercises improve vision. The theory that eye exercises can improve vision has been around since the early20th century, but there is no scientific evidence to support this notion.
  • Overuse of eyes is damaging to vision. Overusing your eyes can lead to fatigue, or cause a headache, but it will not damage vision.
  • Sitting too close to the television, using the computer for long stretches, or reading in the dark can damage your eyes. Contrary to what your mother may have said, the TV does not emit harmful radiation. All of these activities can cause fatigue, but they do not cause lasting damage. Eyes are designed for use! Still, it is best to avoid excessive eye fatigue.
  • Over-the-counter reading glasses damage eyes. Some people find that over-the-counter glasses help them see, and others find that they can postpone prescription lenses by a few years by holding objects further away from their faces. Whatever works for you is fine; these things will not damage the eyes.
  • Wearing contact lenses keeps nearsightedness from getting worse. The benefit of contact lenses over eyeglasses is purely cosmetic. The correct prescription will help you see comfortably, but will not improve your vision or keep nearsightedness at bay. However, correcting nearsightedness at an early age may help slow the progress over time.
  • Eating carrots improves vision. If you have a normal, healthy diet, eating extra carrots is not likely to impact your vision. However, the leading cause of blindness worldwide is vitamin A deficiency. Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Taking too much vitamin A can be unhealthy as well, so stick with that balanced diet.

If you think you need eyeglasses, Dallas has one of the leading eye-care facilities in the country. Key-Whitman Eye Center has been providing eye care services, including LASIK eye laser surgery, for fifty years. Their experienced team of board-certified physicians provides quality care and specialty services, and can help to improve your vision.

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