Good eyesight is an essential part of your well-being and daily efficiency. This is why Opti-Care highlights the importance of taking good care of your eyes. Widespread misconceptions about how your eyes actually work can undermine these efforts, however. Read on as your optometrist reveals the truth behind common vision misconceptions.
Myth 1: Sitting Too Close to the TV Will Damage Your Eyes
While sitting too close to the TV will not damage your eyes, it may be a sign that you are nearsighted. This means you can see objects nearby clearly, but have trouble seeing distant-range objects. We can correct this problem through contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Myth 2: Wearing Prescription Eyewear Will Worsen Your Vision
Contact lenses and eyeglasses help correct your vision problems, allowing you to see better. They do not cause any harm. While you may need to update your prescription periodically, this is not due to wearing prescription eyewear.
Myth 3: Staring Directly at the Sun Isn’t That Bad
You should never look straight at the sun. Doing so can overwhelm your eyes and lead to overexposure to UVA and UVB rays, which can cause corneal sunburn, retinal changes and other vision irregularities. Always wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection when going outside to avoid these risks.
Myth 4: Your Family History Will Not Affect Your Current Visual Health
Heredity is actually a major risk factor for many eye conditions. If your mother, for example, is farsighted, you’re more likely to develop this refractive error too. Undergoing a routine comprehensive eye exam can help in the early detection and management of such vision problems.
Get in touch with us at (410) 600-3173 for more information about your eyes. We serve Westminster, MD, and the surrounding areas.