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Top Myths About Our Eyesight

Just like any health checkup, it is important to get your eyes checked regularly. Making sure you are doing all you can to keep your eyes healthy is important but there are many myths out there that can make this difficult. Read on to put some of the top eyesight myths into perspective.

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Wearing the Wrong Glasses Will Hurt Your Eyes

This is only a true statement for a very small percentage of people. For example, children who have corrective eye problems should definitely wear the proper glasses. However, it is important to understand that corrective glasses and contacts are used to improve eyesight. Not wearing your glasses will not do further damage.

Reading in Low Light Hurts Your Eyes

Reading in light that is too low or dim, will cause your eyes to become fatigued, but it will not damage your vision permanently. Reading in dim light is not a great idea because it can cause you to have a slight headache, and as your eyes become tired your vision may become a bit blurry. However, this is not permanent.

Eating Carrots Improves Vision

Carrots are definitely a great source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. However, just a small amount of Vitamin A is actually necessary for good vision. It doesn’t matter how many carrots you eat, it will not drastically improve your eyesight. But they are part of a healthy and well-balanced diet.

An Exam is Only Necessary if You Are Having Problems

As with any potential health issue, everybody should get regular eye exams, even if they are not having any noticeable problems. It’s just like going to the dentist. If you wait until you have a cavity or an infection, then the issue becomes painful and expensive. Regular eye exams can help to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.

Watching Too Much TV Can Damage Your Eyes

There is absolutely no proof that watching television for too long or sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes permanently. You may notice your kids sitting close to the television and this is not something you should be overly concerned with. Children are able to focus on objects that are closer more easily than adults. As an adult, if you have to hold a book at arm’s length or examine that restaurant menu from across the table then you understand what we’re talking about here. However, if you find yourself needing to sit close to any object to see it better, you might be nearsighted and you should definitely talk to your doctor.

There is Nothing You Can Do to Prevent Losing Your Sight

It is true that as we age, our eyesight can naturally deteriorate. However, you can slow this process down through eating a healthy diet, wearing protective eye gear, such as goggles or sunglasses and by having regular eye exams.

Crossing Your Eyes Will Make Them Stay That Way

This is something you may have told your kids to get them to stop crossing their eyes to get a laugh out of you. But, this is actually not true. Your eyes will naturally return to their normal placement and no permanent damage will be done.

Staring at the Computer All Day Will Ruin Your Eyes

Staring at anything for an extended period of time typically causes us to blink bless frequently which can cause dry eyes and fatigue, however, it won’t permanently impact our vision. Experts recommend taking “breaks” regularly where you take your eyes off the computer screen a focus on something else for a few seconds. This will help you blink more and get some moisture back into your eyes and help reduce strain and fatigue.

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What is the Ideal Light to Read in?

Whether you want to enjoy a good book, or you need to study for a big exam, finding the right reading light is more important than you might think. Reading in the wrong light can put an unhealthy strain on your eyes. Read on for simple tricks to help you read in the right light.

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Lighting Options

First, think about the space you are looking to light. Is there natural light coming from a nearby window? Is there already some overhead lighting? Or maybe a more direct source of light is necessary? Answering these questions can help you determine the type of light fixture you need to give you the best source of light.

Reading in dim light can strain your eye muscles, so having enough light can help you reduce this strain and the common short-term issues that come with reading in low light: headaches and tired, dry eyes. When reading, it’s important to focus bright light directly where you need it to be. Options include desk lamps or adjustable lamps that can be moved to where you need to direct the light. If you have your comfortable recliner next to a table, you may need a simple table lamp with a shade directing the light down to where you need it, rather than directing light to the entire room.

Distribution and Brightness

Light distribution and brightness are often overlooked factors when determining the best reading light. It’s actually better for your eyes to have the light evenly distributed throughout the room, rather than having a very bright light in a dark room. Ever wonder why you get so sleepy when reading before bed? It’s because your pupils dilate from the dark whenever your eyes happen to look off the page. This can cause eye fatigue.

Another cause of eye fatigue is reading from a computer screen. This may be a requirement for work, but you should avoid reading from that electronic device as much as possible in your free time. The fatigue comes from the constant shifting of the pixels. There are a couple of options to help combat eye fatigue from computer screens. One option is to dim the lighting on the screen so it’s not so bright. The other option is to reverse the text color scheme. For example, move the white text to a black background.

Our eyes will generally become weaker as we age and more light will be needed. Brightness is measured in lumens, which can be difficult to gage since most of us are used to buying light bulbs in terms of wattage. Here’s a general chart that can help you determine what you might need:

• 40 watts: At least 450 lumens

• 60 watts: At least 800 lumens

• 75 watts: At least 1,100 lumens

• 100 watts: At least 1,600 lumens

It’s best to let your eyes tell you exactly what they need. If the lighting isn’t right for your eyes, you can experience fatigue, burning, itching, redness, headaches and you might find yourself squinting more than normal. Adjust as necessary, by either taking away the glare or focusing the light to where you need it. And remember, the older you get, the more light you are going to need.

Regular Eye Care and LASIK in Orange County

Just like any health checkup, it is important to get your eyes checked regularly. If you are suffering from prolonged eye issues, visit Dr. Ghosheh and his team at Advanced Eye Medical. Don’t let issues with your vision become a more serious health problem. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about maintaining healthy vision as you age and how LASIK in Orange County can benefit you.