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Eye Care Facts and Myths

Whether you have perfect vision or below average vision, you’ll still want to become aware of the common myths and facts related to eye care so that you can preserve and possibly even improve your vision. It’s always better and easier to prevent eye problems instead of having to treat any eye complications that you have that could have been prevented.

Fact from Fiction

Here are some common eye related myths.

  1. While you might have heard that reading in low light is bad for your eyes, there’s actually no harm in reading by candlelight or a low-watt bulb. The only time that you need to get better lighting is if you ever have headaches while reading by low light.
  2. It’s also a myth that buying more expensive shades will guarantee you the best eye protection. The truth is that sunglasses that have optimum UVB and UVA protection will do the best job of protecting your vision. A more expensive pair of shades might offer polarization and blue blocking, but such features will only enhance your vision.
  3. It’s a common thought that your vision will improve with age like a fine wine. The truth of the matter is that your vision can change as you get older, but it will not improve. Individuals who are nearsighted will most likely experience a decrease in their prescription when they get in their 40s, but the opposite happens with individuals who are farsighted.
  4. Another eye care myth that’s related to age is that you’ll rely more on eyeglasses when you start using them in your 40s. Before you go and buy a pair of reading glasses if you start having difficulty seeing up close, you’ll want to first visit an eye doctor in order to determine why you’re having these problems in the first place. If it turns out that you actually do need reading glasses, you’ll want to make sure that you only wear them when you need to. One reason for this particular myth is that individuals wear their glasses more than they actually have to, which makes them more dependent on them.

Facts

And now for some facts about eye care:

  • Glasses that don’t fit your face properly will not harm your vision
  • Contact lenses that are a poor fit can potentially harm your cornea
  • Avoid wearing your contact lenses while swimming or using a hot tub in order to keep from getting an eye infection
  • You don’t have to wait until cataracts are “ripe” before you deal with them
  • Surgical incisions are the only way to successfully get rid of cataracts, not lasers, which might be used after cataract surgery

If you think that you might have any complications with your eyes, it’s always best that you go to a licensed eye doctor rather than rely on hearsay.