When you were little, did your parents ever tell you that if you crossed your eyes for too long they would stay that way forever? Or that if you eat plenty of carrots your vision will improve?
These are common myths many people are told about their vision. Sometimes, we receive so much information that it’s hard to know what is real and what isn’t.
In order to clear up some of the biggest misconceptions, here are some of the most common questions we receive about eye care:
1. Can too much “screen time” be a problem?
Yes, spending too much time looking at screens can cause something known as digital eye strain. This can cause headaches, blurry vision, and neck pain.
Sometimes screens can’t be avoided so make sure you take the proper precautions. Don’t hold the screen too close to your eyes, use good posture, and make sure to take frequent breaks to give your eyes a rest.
2. Can sitting too close to the TV hurt your eyes?
No. When TVs were first developed they emitted low levels of radiation and — with excessive amounts of exposure — could theoretically cause vision problems. But radiation is no longer an issue with modern televisions.
Watching tons of TV may not be the most productive use of your time but it won’t hurt your vision.
3. Can sunlight give you cataracts?
Yes. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can increase your likelihood of developing cataracts.
For that reason, the Academy of Ophthalmology recommends wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and hats every time you spend time outdoors.
4. Do carrots really improve your eyesight?
Sort of. Carrots have a lot of beta-carotene, which your body uses to make Vitamin A, which can help promote good eyesight. But the goal should be to have a balanced diet overall.
5. Do you need to get your eyes checked more frequently as you age?
Yes. Not only does your vision start to decline as you age, your risk increases for things like cataracts and glaucoma. But yearly comprehensive eye exams are recommended for all adults, regardless of age.
If you are overdue for your yearly eye exam, contact one of our many Long Island locations today to schedule your appointment.