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Myths about needing glasses

Rumours which achieve popular consensus turn into myths. The world of prescription glasses are not devoid of these. Some of the most commonly followed rules have been scientifically proved to be myths. With the increasing use of prescription glasses, one must be aware of these myths, so that one is not misguided or misinformed. Some of the most popular myths are discussed in this article.

One of the most popular myths is that, if one watches television from a close distance, it will have damaging effects on one’s eyes. This is not proved scientifically, though it may make you teary eyes and your vision blurry. Once the TV is turned off, these effects go away and do not entail the need for prescription glasses. In fact, if you do find yourself or someone else, always watching the television from a close range, it means that the person has a problem in watching from a distance and might require prescription glasses.

People often believe that a regular intake of carrots will actually reduce the requirement for prescription glasses. While eating carrots is no doubt a healthy habit, it doesn’t take care of all the eye disorders. Carrots contain Beta Carotene and when ingested, this Beta Carotene gets converted into Vitamin A. A deficiency of Vitamin A leads to poor night vision. An increased deficiency can even cause blindness. So, though carrots can reduce this risk, a regular intake does not guarantee the non – requirement of glasses.

Childhood does play a part in shaping up your behaviour but it has nothing to do when it comes to your vision. Most people believe that if a child spends more time reading books, it will lead to nearsightedness. On the other hand, if a child spends more time outdoors, it will gradually develop his / her vision. This is not the case and these actions have no bearing on the requirement of prescription glasses or its lack thereof.

Staring into a bright light may stress your eyes and blur the vision, but it has not been linked to any vision damage. In fact, studies show that constant staring at light is a sign of boredom.

Another misconception which many people harbor is that dyslexia is a vision related disorder. Dyslexia is not caused by poor vision, nor can it be corrected with prescription glasses. It is actually a neurological disorder which makes the brain invert letters and in some cases, numbers too.