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EYE HEALTH MYTHS EXPLAINED

You’re probably familiar with these words of
wisdom: “Don’t sit too close to the TV; it’s bad
for your eyes.” We explore the truth behind
some well known eye health sayings.

COMMON EYE HEALTH MYTHS

You might not be too surprised to learn that motherly eye health statements aren't completely true - read below for some more common eye health myths.


Squinting = bad for vision – Squinting won’t hurt your eyes; it actually enhances your focus as your pupil gets smaller with the decreased amount of light. However, if you find yourself squinting frequently, it might be a sign that you need glasses or contacts to correct a refractive error (such as near-sightedness or far-sightedness).


Sitting too close to the TV – Its advisable to sit a distance from the TV, however, if you are able to see comfortably only when close it may be a sign of nearsightedness.


Crossed Eyes , a lucky charm  – Contrary to this belief , this is not lucky both cosmetically and in terms of Vision. Its important to see the eyecare practitioner at the earliest for further advice / treatment.


UV rays are only harmful in the summer sun – This is an important myth to bust! Radiation from the sun beams down regardless of the weather, and your eyes are exposed to UV rays 365 days a year. Keep your eyes protected with glasses that block UV.


I only need to visit my eye doctor if something seems wrong – You should have a comprehensive eye exam every year, even if your eyes feel fine. Annual eye exams help protect your vision and provide insight into overall health. Diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and multiple sclerosis can be discovered during an eye exam.

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