Dismissing Eye Health Myths

Dismissing Eye Health Myths

Posted by Reese Jones on 2nd Apr 2019

The fact that vision is our most dominant sense is reflected in how developed our eyes are. Compared to our other senses such as our smell, touch, hearing, and taste, human eyesight is much more advanced. There are 120 million rods and 7 million cones found in the human retina alone – photoreceptors that allow this part of the eye to turn light into something that our brain can then process into images. Our eyes have evolved to automatically focus via the iris, pupil, and lens. Billions of years of evolution have led to modern human vision, able to adjust to nearly every lighting condition save for extremes, and able to self-correct for focus with nearly no active effort.

This is why it’s important to take care of our eyes. And doing this entails debunking many of the myths that still surround eye health to this day.

MYTH: Your Vision Will Be Worsened By Electric Screen Exposure and Low Light

It’s true that sitting too close to the television or spending too much time on the computer screen can make your eyes tired and painful. It’s also true that it’s more difficult to read when there’s too little light. However, no less than the American Academy of Ophthalmology will tell you that neither can cause permanent eye damage. If you encounter eye fatigue due to these activities, simply give your eyes a rest before you resume using them again.

MYTH: Wearing Glasses Will Make You Dependent on Glasses

The same organization of ophthalmologists stresses the fact that glasses are prescribed to correct blurry vision. Those with impaired vision are already dependent on glasses, and by continually wearing glasses it may actually result in better vision, and therefore less dependence in the future. The point here is to follow your doctor and optician’s instructions when it comes to wearing your glasses and/or contacts. Who knows, you may not need them as much as you think you do.

MYTH: Bad Eyesight is Just Part Getting Old and Can’t Be Treated

If your eyesight is gradually getting worse it is believed to be an inevitable part of aging, and Web MD details the many possible vision-impairing conditions that seniors may get. These include, cataracts, floaters, retinal disorders, glaucoma, and conjunctivitis – conditions and diseases that can compromise your vision as you approach your later years. Yet the good news is that many of these conditions are easily treatable, which is why no matter what your age you should always check in with an optician rather than suffer bad eyesight. Although procedures like cataract surgery sounds scary, it is one of the most common surgeries in the world and will have a positive impact on a person's quality of life. Maryville University provides an outlook for healthcare graduates that notes how an aging population is a key reason why the industry is predicting an 18% growth by 2026. This will certainly increase the demand for more eye doctors in the future, which can only be a good thing. Don't be one of those people who feel that nothing can be done for their eyes.

MYTH: Eat Carrots for Better Eyesight

Carrots are not enough to maintain healthy eyes. Times Now News reveals that green leafy vegetables and other antioxidant-rich food might be even better for preserving normal vision – as well as avoiding or delaying conditions like glaucoma or cataracts. Just like your other organs, your eyes will benefit from a more balanced and healthy diet.

Here on Goggles N More we can tell you that roughly 40% of school-aged children encounter vision-related complications. You can avoid and/or mitigate the negative effects of these complications by keeping in mind that some eye-care “facts” are actually myths, and that the truth is always just a Google search away.