Myth or Fact: What'€™s True and What's™ Not about Your Eye Health?

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 28-Oct-2013

eyemythsmallEating carrots is good for your eyes.

Wearing contacts too long will make you go blind.

Spending too much time on the computer or sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes.

You only need to see the eye doctor if you’re having problems with your vision.

Much of what you hear or read online about your health may be true. And much of it may not be. How do you know what’s true and what’s not when it comes to your vision?

These are some common thoughts about eye health. We’ll let you know what’s myth and what’s fact.

Are carrots really good for your vision? Fact. Carrots, like many fruits and vegetables contain many nutrients that are good for your health, including your eyes. They are especially rich in vitamin A, which can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.

What about the TV? Will sitting too close hurt your eyes? Myth. When the television was first introduced in the 1950s, it emitted far greater amounts of radiation than TVs do today. While you may be able to see your favorite show a little better if you sit back from the screen a bit, sitting close won’t damage your eyes.

Will wearing contacts too long, or sleeping in them, make you go blind? Fact (partially). You may not go blind, but wearing your contacts for more than their prescribed use can damage your eyes. The longer you wear your contacts without changing them, the more protein will build up on the surface of your eye. This buildup blocks oxygen circulation to your eye. This may result in infections, irritation or even corneal ulcers. These eye conditions can seriously affect your vision.

Is too much time on the computer going to damage your eyes? Myth. Computer use for hours on end won’t necessarily damage your eyes, but it can cause fatigue and dry eyes. When we look at the computer screen, we don’t blink as frequently as we would otherwise, which dries up tears that keep the eyes lubricated. So if you’re on the computer for long periods of time, make it a point to blink frequently, and follow the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, shift your focus to an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

You only need to see the eye doctor if you’re having problems with your eyes or vision. Myth. This may be the most dangerous myth of all. Routine eye exams aren’t just for checking your vision. They are also for checking the health of your eye. Many eye conditions can develop with little to no symptoms until they reach advanced stages. Keeping up with annual eye exams will ensure that any eye conditions are detected early. As with any health condition, early detection means early treatment which will help prevent serious or permanent damage to your eyes.

If you have a question about your vision or eye health, don’t rely solely on the Internet to find your answer. Instead, ask your eye doctor. Your eyes are the most complex, intricate parts of your body. Damage to your eyes or loss of vision will significantly affect your quality of life. If you haven’t seen your eye doctor in a while, contact Key-Whitman Eye Center and schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.

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