Not quite as unruly as those about Big Foot, myths about eye health are a little easier to grasp – and less frightening to deal with. From the tall tale that “carrots strengthen eyesight” to common health misconceptions, we’ve gathered quite a few myths, fictions and truths below for you to look through and apply to your life. Take a look and see if you know what’s right and wrong when it comes to your eyes. After all, they’re your window to the world!
Fact. We can all take a lesson from Galileo. The old Italian astrologist stared into the sun far too often, for far too long when perfecting his telescope and eventually paid the price. Extended exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays caused Galileo to go completely blind. This is an extreme example, but even short instances of UV exposure have been associated with macular degeneration and other eye disorders. You can avoid Galileo’s fate by simply not looking into the sun. Wearing sunglasses with 98% UV protection will also protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Statement: Eating more carrots sharpens your eyesight.
Fact (and sort of fiction). The vitamin A we get from eating carrots is absolutely vital for good vision, but to truly enhance our sight we need more than just the occasional helping of the orange veggie. While too much vitamin A can be harmful, the right amount can make a difference. Some other ways to get vitamin A are:
· Eggs, especially egg yolk.
· Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale.
· Liver – cast aside all doubt, liver is perhaps the best source of vitamin A out there.
· Fortified milk.
For additional ideas, read our post about food to improve eyesight.
Statement: Eyes become dependent on contact lenses/glasses and lose strength.
Fiction. Corrective lenses are an aid; they will not stunt or weaken the growth of your eyes. A change in prescription comes from aging or eye diseases – not from reliance on glasses or contact lenses. If you feel your vision is getting worse, make an appointment with your local eye doctor for a checkup. Or if you need some new lenses, try the latest from Acuvue!
Statement: Reading in the dark damages your eyes.
Fiction. While it’s significantly harder to see the pages in dim light, reading in the darkness will not actually harm your vision. Sure, it’ll make you tired and you might even fall asleep with a minor headache and classic novel on your face, but your eyesight will remain intact.
Fiction. This is a common workplace misconception. The strain from working on a computer will make your eyes tired and dry, but won’t actually damage your eyesight. If your work involves lots of computer work, it’s important to remember to take occasional breaks throughout the day in order to give your eyes a break. Blinking is also vital, as it helps keep your eyes moist.
Don’t believe everything you hear (or see) about eyesight – sometimes the old generalities just aren’t true. But that’s what we’re here for; Replace My Contacts’ blog has all you need to know about eyesight, contacts and more!