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Common Eye Myths: Busted!

POSTED ON September 29, 2011

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Don’t be blind to the facts! Below are some common eye myths that have been busted by Prevent Blindness America. Myth: Watching television for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes. Fact: Children often sit close to the TV because they can focus better on objects that are closer to their eyes. This is also why they hold reading material closer to their face. As they get older, these habits will change. If your child continues this trend, you should see your Indiana ...

Don’t be blind to the facts! Below are some common eye myths that have been busted by Prevent Blindness America.

Myth: Watching television for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes.

Fact: Children often sit close to the TV because they can focus better on objects that are closer to their eyes. This is also why they hold reading material closer to their face. As they get older, these habits will change. If your child continues this trend, you should see your Indiana eye doctor to have your child tested for myopia (nearsightedness).

Myth: Eating carrots will improve your vision.

Fact: Carrots are loaded with vitamin A which is good for your eyes, but only a small amount is necessary for good vision. A well-balanced diet provides all the necessary nutrients your body needs.

Myth: An eye examination is necessary only if you’re having problems.

Fact: Proper eye care begins with a regular eye exam, whether or not you have noticeable problems. Prevent Blindness America recommends that children be tested at birth, at six months of age, before entering school and periodically throughout the school years. Dr. Tavel suggests being seen every one to two years. If you have diabetes or an eye disease, it’s imperative that you get a comprehensive exam every year.

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