Widespread misconceptions about how your eyes work and how best to care for them can cause confusion about how best to maintain one’s visual health. In today’s post, Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, your leading provider of laser eye surgery and other eye care services, reveals the truth behind four common eye myths.
Myth #1: Reading in Dimly Lit Places Can Damage Your Vision
Your eyes have the natural ability to see well in dimly lit areas. Your retina, the part of your eye that receives light rays and converts them into image signals, contains specific photoreceptors called rods that help you read in dim places. Although reading in dark places won’t damage your vision, it may cause some discomfort.
Myth #2: Your Family History Won’t Affect Your Visual Health
In fact, many eye conditions are hereditary. If you have relatives with certain eye conditions, you may be at a higher risk of developing those problems yourself. Having an eye exam regularly allows for early detection and prompt treatment of underlying eye conditions.
Myth #3: Sitting Too Close to the TV Is Bad for Your Eyes
While this habit doesn’t directly cause vision problems, it may be a sign that you have a pre-existing refractive error, particularly myopia (nearsightedness). This condition causes compromised distant-rage vision, while short-range vision remains clear. We may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses for your improved vision.
Myth #4: Wearing Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses Worsens Existing Refractive Errors
Your eye doctor prescribes corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses upon confirming you have a refractive error. The lenses are engineered to compensate for your eyes’ structural irregularities, improving your visual acuity. Corrective eyewear helps you see better; it does not cause your vision to get worse.
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