Some eye myths you may not know about

OphthalmologistYour eyes and your eye care are one of the most important health worries you are likely to have, especially if you are over 55. It seems that everyone has been told some tall tale from time to time about their eyes. Sometimes, it is difficult to separate superstition and myth from scientific fact. Here are just a few you might want to discuss with your eye doctor.

  • Despite what you may have been told, reading in a less than brilliantly illuminated place will not damage your vision. Your vision will not be hurt though you may end up with some straining and, perhaps a headache.
  • As your eye doctor will attest, just because someone told you that you have 20/20 vision does not mean that your eyesight is beyond reproach. All the 20/20 designation really means is that you don’t seem to have a major problem or challenge with your vision. It has been reported that there are many people with this designation that are extremely farsighted. In addition, you should meet regularly with your eye doctor because you may be developing some form of eye disease. If you think you are perfect with your 20/20, you may not have the exams that may uncover some early trouble.
  • Legend has it that you should not worry about a baby or a young child whose eyes are crossed. They will outgrow that you are told. While there may be some early eye alignment challenges, crossed eyes or wandering eyes could be signaling a deeper problem related to the function of the eye muscles. Your eye doctor can best determine the challenge and the remedy.
  • Recent popular myth involves exercising your eyes in an effort to improve your vision. While the exercises may strengthen your eye muscles, it won’t do anything to fix your actual vision problems.

There are many more myths and misconceptions floating around out there about your eyes. Only your eye doctor will be able to properly care for your eyes and help you with your vision problems. Keep your eyes well maintained and properly cared for by having them examined on a regular basis.