eye care questions

Are there certain myths you grew up believing about your vision? Things like, if you cross your eyes will they stay crossed forever? (Spoiler alert: NO.) There are a number of things people have commonly believed about their vision that may or may not be true.

So when it comes to vision care, how do you know what’s real and what isn’t? That is what we are attempting to clarify in this blog post. Here are five common questions we get about eye care:

 

  • Is spending too much time looking at digital devices bad for you?

 

Yes, spending too much time in front of digital devices can cause something known as eye strain. The symptoms of eye strain include headaches, dry eyes, and neck pain. To avoid this, try to hold digital devices as least 20 inches away from your face and take frequent breaks to give your eyes time to rest.

 

  • Can spending too much time in the sun give you cataracts?

 

Yes, this one is true as well. The sun’s UV rays can increase your risk for cataracts and they can also increase your risk for cancer. That’s why we recommend always wearing sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection whenever you are spending time outdoors.

 

  • Will sitting too close to the TV damage your eyes?

 

No, this one is just a myth. TV’s used to give off low levels of radiation which were bad for you. But this hasn’t been an issue for a long time. So while TV may not be the most productive way to spend your time, sitting too close to it won’t ruin your eyes.

 

  • Are only boys colorblind?

 

No, but colorblindness is found in boys about eight percent of the time whereas girls only have it about five percent of the time.

 

  • Will eating carrots improve your vision?

 

Sort of. Carrots do contain Vitamin A which has been shown to be beneficial to your vision. And a Vitamin A deficiency can eventually lead to blindness. But it’s a better idea to try to incorporate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Hopefully, this list has been helpful for you! If you have other questions about caring for your vision, contact our office to schedule your yearly eye exam with one of our doctors.