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Common Myths About Your Eyes and Reading

Even though aging is commonly seen as a cause for you sight fading, that’s not always the case. Here are some common myths about your eyes and reading.

Have you been to see your eye doctor lately? As you get older, your eyesight is bound to start deteriorating. But even though aging is commonly seen as a cause for you sight fading, that’s not always the case. Here are some common myths about your eyes and reading.

How to Protect Your Eyes

If you smoke, stop. Smoking can increase your risk for several eye disorders and conditions. Evaluate your current diet. If you strive to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and minimize fats and oils, you can improve your eye health, and your overall health as well. Don’t forget to wear hats and sunglasses whenever you’re outside. Even as the summer gives way to fall, there will still be a lot of sunshine during the day. Lastly, take care to prevent eye strain. You can wear out your eyes by spending several hours staring at a TV or computer screen or reading in dim light. Eye strain isn’t a serious condition, but it can be unpleasant. Besides, eye strain can contribute to exhaustion, and you should protect your eyes by taking breaks every so often.

Myths About Your Eyes and Reading

Myth: Eye exercises reduce your need for glasses.

Truth: Eye exercises won’t help your vision, and it won’t necessarily reduce your need for glasses. Your eye’s shape, and how healthy your eyes are, determine your vision and your need for glasses.

Myth: Reading in dim light harms your eyes.

Truth: Dim light won’t harm your eyes or your eyesight. But as we touched upon above, it will make your eyes tire out more quickly. Use direct light from a desk lamp, but shine the light onto the page to reduce glare.

Myth: Eating carrots will help improve your vision.

Truth: This myth does have some truth in it. The vitamins in carrots can strengthen them and help prevent cataracts from forming or macular degeneration from occurring. Vitamins will help you feel better and improve your overall health, but if you are nearsighted or farsighted, even they won’t be much help.

Myth: Allow your eyes to rest by taking off your glasses or contact lenses.

Truth: Glasses can help you see if you need them for reading and if you need them to see something far away. Reading without glasses will only cause eye strain.

Myth: Using a computer and staring at the screen will harm your eyes, too.

Truth: Using a computer and staring at a screen will also cause eye strain. Reduce glare, blink more often, and look away and rest your eyes from time to time.

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