EYE HEALTH : MYTHS AND FACTS

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Learn the truth about this and other common eye health myths by reading the following:

Myth: Reading in dim light affects eye health.

Fact: Most evening reading and other work was done by low candlelight or gaslight until the development of electric light. Reading in low light now will not injure your eyes any more than it did in the past, nor will snapping a shot in low light harm a camera. ALSO READ : HEAD LICE : HOW TO CURE

Myth: Excessive use of your eyes will ‘wear them out.’

Fact: Using your nose or ears excessively will not cause you to lose your sense of smell or hearing. Your eyes were designed to see. Using your eyes for their original purpose will not cause you to lose your eyesight.

Myth: If you wear eyeglasses that are too powerful or have the improper prescription, your eyes will be damaged.

Fact: Eyeglasses alter the light beams that reach your eyes. They have no effect on the eye’s structure. Wearing glasses that are excessively powerful or otherwise inappropriate for your eyes will not injure them, but it may cause a momentary headache. In the worst-case scenario, the glasses will not restore your eyesight and will make you uncomfortable.

Myth: Wearing eyeglasses makes your eyes weaker.

Fact: Wearing eyeglasses to address nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia will not weaken your eyes or permanently fix these visual disorders. Glasses are simple external optical devices that let persons with refractive problems see well. Glasses for youngsters with crossed eyes (strabismus) or sluggish eyes are exceptions (amblyopia). These glasses are worn for a short period of time to assist correct their eyes or improve their eyesight. If you don’t use these glasses in certain situations, your vision may be permanently impaired.

Myth: Crossing your eyes may cause them to stay crossed indefinitely.

Fact: Your eye muscles are designed to move your eyes in a variety of directions. Looking left, right, up, or down will not make your eyes cross indefinitely. Disease, an untreated refractive defect, or muscle or nerve injury cause crossed eyes, not by pushing them into that position.

Myth: Having 20/20 eyesight means you have flawless vision.

The expression “20/20” refers to someone who has outstanding centre vision. They may, however, have visual problems in other areas, such as side vision, night vision, or colour vision. Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, two potentially devastating eye conditions, can take years to develop. During this time,

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