When it comes to eye care, it seems that every single person says different things. Carrots do not improve your eyesight. This is just one of the numerous misconceptions that often pop up in optometry. You have to talk to an optometrist if you want to learn the truth. This doctor will tell you what is right and what is not. These are the most common myths that optometrists often talk about with their patients.
Spending Too Much Time In Front Of A Computer Does Not Damage Your Eyesight
We have to start with this one as it is growing in popularity. There are more and more people that say eyesight is not damaged by spending too much time in front of a computer screen or any other digital screen. This is incorrect. When you spend too much time in front of such devices, you can end up with digital eye strain. This will bring in symptoms like shoulder pain, neck pain, dry eyes, blurry vision and headaches.
Reading Glasses Are Just As Good As Prescription Glasses
The truth is that reading glasses will only help when near vision is deteriorated, which often happens as a person ages. If the only problem you have is that you cannot read small fonts up close, the reading glasses work great. However, even if this is the case, it is really important to talk to an optometrist so that you can get appropriate prescription glasses. A pair of reading glasses will not correct astigmatism or any other condition you might have.
Cataracts Cannot Be Caused By Bright Sunlight
Cataracts can be caused by too much exposure to sunlight. This is because of the UV rays that come from the sun. They increase cataract growth rate and can even lead to cancer. UV-blocking sunglasses should always be worn when out in the strong sun and you might even want to consider wearing hats. This is a recommendation that is also important for toddlers and babies.
You Can Put Contact Lenses In The Mouth And Then Back In The Eye
This is a misconception that is associated with emergencies but you should never do this. If you do not have a proper saline solution or lens care solution with you, re-lubricating lenses with your mouth is a really bad idea. This is because the lens can easily end up being dirty due to the bacteria on your hands and in your mouth. Only use appropriate solutions to clean your contact lenses.
Only Men Can Be Colorblind
Colorblindness is definitely more likely in men but this does not mean that women cannot be colorblind. This is due to chromosomes and although just 0.5% percent of women are affected by the condition, they still exist.
You Can Use Eye Drops As Often As You Want
Prescription eye drops need to be used just as they are prescribed. Wetting drops that are just saline solutions will not be a problem. However, even then you might have to go to an eye doctor because you might suffer from dry eye syndrome.