EYE CARE FACTS & MYTHS

Myth:

  1. Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.
  2. It is not harmful to watch a welder or look at the sun if you squint.
  3. Using a computer, or video display terminal (VDT), is harmful to the eyes.
  4. If you use your eyes too much, you wear them out.
  5. Wearing poorly-fit glasses damages your eyes.
  6. Wearing poorly-fit contacts does not harm your eyes.
  7. You do not need to have your eyes checked until you are in your 40s or 50s.
  8. Safety goggles are more trouble than they're worth.
  9. It's okay to swim while wearing soft contact lenses.
  10. Children outgrow crossed eyes.
  11. A cataract must be ripe before it can be removed.
  12. Cataracts can be removed with lasers.

Fact:

  1. Although reading in dim light can make your eyes feel tired, it is not harmful.
  2. Even if you squint, ultra-violet light still gets to your eyes, damaging the cornea, lens and retina. Never watch welding without wearing the proper protection. Never look directly at an eclipse.
  3. Although using a VDT is associated with eyestrain or fatigue, it is not harmful to the eyes.
  4. You can use your eyes as much as you wish-they do not wear out.
  5. Although a good glasses fit is required for good vision, a poor fit does not damage your eyes.
  6. Poorly fit contact lenses can be harmful to your cornea (the window at the front of your eye). Make certain your eyes are checked regularly by your ophthalmologist if you wear contact lenses.
  7. There are several asymptomatic, yet treatable, eye diseases (most notably glaucoma) that can begin prior to your 40s.
  8. Safety goggles prevent many potentially blinding injuries every year. Keep goggles handy and use them!
  9. Potentially blinding eye infections can result from swimming or using a hot tub while wearing contact lenses.