Facts or fiction about your eyesight

There may be some truth in the stories that your grandmother told you about your eyes, but some need to be squashed.
Find out what what is true and what is not about your eyes.


Contact lenses can get lost behind your eyes.
The membrane that covers the white of your eye also lines your eyelids, so it is impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eyes.




 Wearing someone else’s glasses may damage your eyes.
No harm can come to you by wearing someone else’s glasses. You may not be able to see very well with them though.




Using your eyes too much can wear them out.
Fiction: The health of your eyes has nothing to do with the number of hours you use them.




You can inherit poor eyesight from your parents.
Fact: Sadly, this is true and weak vision can be inherited from one or both parents.



Eating carrots can improve vision.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for sight. Many other foods such as asparagus, apricots, nectarines and milk  also contain this important vitamin.




Reading in the dark or dim light will damage your eyes.
It’s not very likely that your eyes will be damaged by reading in a poor light. The worst that can happen is that you will train your eyes and get a headache.




Watching TV too much or too closely will damage your eyes.
Fiction: Watching too much TV or sitting very close to it may make your eyes tired or give you a headache – but won’t cause any serious permanent damage. Sitting close isn’t the one which harm your eyes, it’s the number of hours you put in watching TV. Long hours in front of a screen causes  an immense amount of near-point stress which can increase nearsightedness.



Two blue-eyed parents can’t produce a child with brown eyes.
Fiction:  Two blue-eyed parents can have a child with brown eyes, although it’s very rare. Likewise, two brown-eyed parents can have a child with blue eyes, although this is also uncommon.




Only boys can be color-blind.
 Fact: It’s estimated that up to 8% of boys have some degree of color blindness, whereas less than 1% of girls do.




The eye is full size at birth.

Fiction:  The eye is definitely full size at birth but continues to grow as the child does.




Using Artificial Sweeteners Will Make Your Eyes More Sensitive to Light
Fact: Artificial sweeteners may make your eyes more sensitive to light.  There are other factors that will make your eyes more sensitive to light as well. They include antibiotics, 
oral contraceptives, hypertension medications, diuretics, and antidiabetic medications.



As you get older, worsening of eyesight is inevitable.
Fiction: At the very first signs of vision loss, such as blurred vision, spurge of floaters or flashes of light, you should see your doctor.  If detected early enough, depending on the cause, there are treatments that can correct, stop, or slow down the loss of vision.




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