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Breaking Down Myths About Eye Health

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A lot of people avoid scheduling appointments with the optometrist because they believe certain myths about eye health. Use this guide to learn the truth about these myths so you really understand your eyes and how they function:

Starting at the Television or the Computer Could Hurt Your Eyes
Most people have heard warnings that sitting too close to the television or staring at a computer screen for too long will cause permanent damage to the eyes. In actuality, sitting too close to the television will not cause any damage. If you have to sit close to see the screen, it might actually be a sign that you need a new prescription. Staring at a computer screen will not damage your eyes either, but it might dry them out a little. If you are sitting in front of the computer for a long stretch of time, you should look away from the screen once every twenty minutes.

Reading in a Dim Room Will Damage Your Eyes
This is another myth. Reading with dim lighting will not cause any long-term damage to your eyes. It might lead to dry eye, some slight blurriness, or some strain in your back or your neck, though. It is easier to see with more light, but reading in a dim room will not make a big impact on your overall vision.

Looking at the Sun Does Not Cause Damage
Actually, staring directly at the sun can cause significant damage to your eyes. If you do it, you put yourself at risk for developing solar retinopathy. This condition occurs when UV rays destroy rods and cones inside the retina, which leaves a small blind spot on this important part of the eye. If you notice that your eyes start to water or feel sore, it might be an indication of solar retinopathy. You might also have trouble staring at bright lights or differentiating between shapes. If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucy at Eye Luv Lucy today.

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