Keeping your eyes healthy is essential to protecting your vision. However, to do that, it helps to separate fiction from the facts when it comes to protecting your vision. Here we look at five myths that could be impacting your and your family’s eye health.

Myth #1 – Sitting Too Close to the TV Damages Your Vision

Did your parents warn you about sitting too close to the TV? Maybe you have told your children the same. This is a myth. While doing so may give you a headache, it will not damage your vision. However, if your children are repeatedly sitting too close to your TV, it could be a sign that they have a vision problem.

Myth #2 – You’ll Ruin Your Eyes Reading in the Dark

Reading in the dark will not ruin your eyes. You might get a headache or feel eyestrain from doing so. But these effects should not have a permanent impact on your eye health.

Myth #3 – Eating Carrots Improves Your Vision

A healthy diet is important for good eye health. This includes foods that are high in antioxidants and other nutrients. Vitamin A is one such antioxidant that is needed to keep your eyes healthy, and yes, it is found in carrots. But you are not limited to just carrots for Vitamin A. If carrots are not your thing, you can get Vitamin A in eggs, cheese, and milk.

Myth #4 – Wearing Glasses Weakens Your Eyesight

Wearing glasses or contacts will not weaken your eyesight. As you get older, you might need a stronger prescription. However, this is usually due to aging or a change in your eye health.

Myth #5 – You Can’t Prevent Vision Loss

Yes, you can sometimes prevent vision loss when certain eye conditions are detected early. Early treatment can help stop, correct, or slow the progression of vision loss. Therefore, you must see your eye doctor at the first sign of symptoms, such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Eye pain
  • New floaters in your vision

Call Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 to schedule an appointment with one of our vision professionals if you notice any changes in your eye health.