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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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Vision changes are a natural part of the aging process. Although some of these changes are gradual and hard to notice, they could have a huge impact on your ability to drive. Keep reading to find out how regular eye exams can help you and those around you stay safe when you get behind the wheel.

Difficulty Seeing Far Away
A lot of older drivers experience blurred or cloudy vision that might make it more difficult to see far away objects while they drive. If you are experience this vision change, it could significantly hinder your reaction time behind the wheel because it makes it much harder to see potential hazards that are far up on the road.

Difficulty Seeing at Night
Another danger of driving with vision changes is a difficulty seeing at night. Sometimes headlights or low light bother people who are experiencing vision changes. If you are driving and the headlights from an oncoming car disrupt your vision, you might cause a collision.

Difficulty Seeing Road Signs
Changes in the way you perceive colors could also lead to dangerous situations behind the wheel. If you cannot differentiate between different road signs due to colors or distances, you might not know about an upcoming hazard that could lead to an accident.

Difficulty Distinguishing Objects
A lot of people also have trouble distinguishing objects once their vision starts to change, especially when driving at night. It might be hard to see a sign or a person against a particular background. Vision issues like these might hinder your reaction time enough to lead to a serious incident.

It is important to schedule regular eye exams with Dr. Lucy at Eye Luv Lucy so you are aware of any vision changes as soon as they happen. She might prescribe glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision or suggest another treatment. If your vision is changing, you should also try to minimize driving at night or in unfamiliar areas to reduce your risk for an accident.

What To Expect From An Eye Exam

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Regular eye exams are an important part of protecting your vision health. During an eye exam, your doctor can catch problems with your eyes in their early stages, when they are most treatable. If you have an eye exam with Dr. Lucy of Eye Luv Lucy scheduled, you probably have a few questions about what to expect. Eye exams vary from patient to patient, depending on needs. For instance, if you have diabetes, your eye exam may include a screening for diabetic retinopathy. Here is an overview of some of the most common parts of an eye exam.

Eye Muscle Movement Test

The eye muscle movement test is designed to make sure your eyes are aligned. To perform this test, your eye doctor will ask you to visually track a target in different directions. As you track the item, the eye doctor will note how your eye moves. A related test is the cover test, which determines how well your eyes work together. Your doctor will ask you to focus on an object and then cover each eye individually while you stay focused on the target.

Slit Lamp

Using a slit lamp, or biomicroscope, your eye doctor can light up the front part of your eye. This is done to examine the cornea, lens, iris, and anterior chamber of the eye. The slit lamp allows your doctor to diagnose a range of vision disorders and diseases of the eye.

Visual Acuity Test

The visual acuity test is what most people picture when they think of an eye exam. This test involves a chart of letters that get smaller on each line. When you schedule an exam with Dr. Lucy, she will ask you to read lines on the chart using one eye at a time to determine how strong your vision is. The visual acuity test is an important part of determining your prescription for glasses or contacts.

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