Will sitting too close to a television really harm your eyes? In Honor of September’s Save Your Sight Month, we’re debunking common eye health myths (hat tip to the VSP blog).
Myth 1: Using computers or reading or sewing in dim light can cause damage to your eyes.
False! The truth is none of these actions will actually harm your eyes. For centuries, all nighttime reading and sewing was done by candlelight or with gas or kerosene lamps. However, good lighting does make reading easier and prevent eye fatigue.
Often when using a VDT for long periods of time, just as when reading or doing other close work, you blink less often than normal. This reduced rate of blinking makes your eyes dry, which may lead to the feeling of eyestrain or fatigue.
Myth 2: Eye exams are only needed if you notice a change in your vision.
False! Did you know that there are actually a bunch of vision conditions and diseases that lack clear warning signs?
Myth 3: Wearing the wrong kind of prescription glasses will hurt your eyes.
False! Wearing the wrong prescription will not physically damage your eyes. However, children under the age of eight who need eyeglasses should wear their own prescription to prevent the possibility of amblyopia or lazy eye.
Myth 4: If you can see fine, your eyes are healthy and you don’t need an exam.
False! Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. It is important to make annual visits to an eye doctor to receive comprehensive eye exams. Through an eye exam an eye doctor can detect signs of serious health conditions including diabetes, brain tumors, and high cholesterol before physical symptoms are present.
Myth 5: Sitting too close to the television will harm your eyes.
False! Sitting closer than necessary to the television may cause headaches, but will not cause eye damage.