Many myths have developed over the years about eye care and eye health. People have even spread myths about how often one should visit an optometrist. The truth is that one should visit the optometrist at least once every two years. A parent should bring a child to the eye doctor by the time that child turns three years old. The following are some common eye care myths and some information on whether they are fact or fiction:
Computer Use Can Damage Your Eyes: Fiction
Many people suffer from deteriorating vision because of their genetic makeup. The fact that they may use a computer frequently has no bearing on their eyesight. Most people will find that they have a condition such as astigmatism that causes eye blurring. The problem does not come from the computer use itself.
Wearing Glasses Can Cause Dependency: Fiction
Some people believe that wearing glasses will cause them to become dependent on them. The myth is false. Glasses are intended to assist a person’s vision, not create an additional problem. A person who suddenly stops wearing glasses will not have “withdrawal symptoms.” The person will go back to his or her pre-prescription eyesight, which will be poor.
An Eye Doctor Is an Eye Doctor: Fiction
Several types of eye doctors exist, and they each have a different main purpose. For example, an ophthalmologist is a full medical doctor. He or she has the knowledge and the training to diagnose eye diseases. Such a doctor may perform various types of eye surgery, as well. Optometrists do not have the same level of training and credentials that ophthalmologists have. Optometrists can care for certain eye disorders, but they are not authorized to tend to everyone. For example, an optometrist will not be able to perform eye surgery or prescribe medication.
Sitting Close to a TV Can Destroy a Child’s Eyes
The myth about sitting close to the television has existed for decades. The truth is that children can adjust quite well to sitting in front of the television. In fact, their little eyes can adjust better than an adult’s eyes can adjust. However, sitting close to a television may be an indication that myopia is present in a child. A parent may want to visit an eye doctor if he or she noticed that the child prefers to sit close.
Many other myths about eye care exist, but the previously mentioned myths are the most commonly used.
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