As we bid adieu to January, National Eye Health month, Nationwide Vision’s leading Arizona eye specialists would like to take this timely opportunity to dispel common myths about eye health care. Comprehensive wellness starts with a solid understanding of how your eyes function, so hone your ocular understanding and clarify your outlook with this Arizona eye care insight.
Take if from us, the Arizona eye specialists – these three tall tales are works of fiction:
- Your vision will be worsened by reading in dim light: False.
This common misunderstanding goes hand in hand with another fallacy – that frequent squinting weakens your eyesight. Fortunately for late-night bookworms, both of these statements are incorrect. When there is inadequate light (or when you’re due for a new pair of glasses), squinting is quick common. By squinting, one’s eyes let in less light, making the pupils smaller and further enhancing the eyes’ focus. Those who squint often are not permanently damaging their vision, but may find themselves with a headache and, ultimately, wrinkles around the eyes. Consult your doctor if you find yourself squinting excessively – it may be time for a new pair of eyeglasses.
- Eating carrots improves your eyesight: False.
Although carrots are high in vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, carrots don’t contain enough of the nutrient to affect how well you read. Eat a balanced diet and consider taking a multivitamin daily to ensure your eyes have all the vitamin A necessary to function at full ocular capacity. If you are concerned about your vision or interested in perfecting your eyesight with a procedure like LASIK, visit your Arizona eye care provider today.
- Staring at a computer screen is bad for your eyes: False.
Children throughout Arizona can collectively say “I told you so!” Staring closely at the television or computer screen will not hurt one’s eyesight. Temporarily, however, it might incur a headache. Much of the problem stems from the screen itself, because people staring at a screen for extended periods tend not to blink. Normally, people blink about 15 times a minute. If you spend most of the day on a computer or watch a lot of television, be cognizant of your blinking. Blinking keeps the cornea from dying and stop dust and debris from collecting in the eye.