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Seven Common Misconceptions About Optometry: Advice from Our Optometrists

Within the field of optometry, there are many misconceptions that can cause people to make eye care decision that aren’t beneficial for them. At West Coast Optical, our optometrists are all too familiar with these misconceptions and have made a list of seven of them below.

1. Eyesight = Health

Assuming that the health of your eyes is great just because your vision is great is a dangerous assumption. Optometry diagnoses a variety of health conditions including cancer, liver disease, high cholesterol and more. Optometry is about more than just vision and the health of your eyes can help in the diagnosis of other problems.

2. TV Watching

Although many people believe that sitting too close to the television will damage your eyes, there has actually been no scientific evidence to prove this statement. Your eye muscles will definitely strain, as they will be trying to focus from a short distance, but this strain will fade after a short rest.

3. Computer Usage

Much like sitting too close to the TV, many people believe that staring at a computer screen for long periods of time will damage the eyes, despite a lack of evidence for the claim. However, it can certainly dry out and strain your eyes, which is why frequent breaks are recommended.

4. Carrots Improve Eyesight

Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is an essential ingredient in the replenishing of eye functioning. It also plays an important role in eye protection, so definitely make sure that you integrate Vitamin A into your diet. However, it will not have a significant impact on your prescription.

5. Reading in the Dark

Reading in a low-light environment will strain your eyes due to a lack of light, but it will not cause permanent damage. The worst that can happen is eyestrain and headaches.

6. Brown Eyes

Many people believe that people with brown eyes are more likely to go blind, which is untrue. The truth is, brown-eyes are more common in warmer environments, which leads to increased UV light exposure and thus a higher incidence of eye damage among brown-eyed people.

7. Wrong Prescription

Despite what you’ve heard about the wrong prescription ruining your eyesight, this is only true for younger children due to the fact that their eyes have not fully matured. If you’re an adult, wearing the wrong prescription will likely just lead to eyestrain and headaches.

Our optometrists at West Coast Optical have heard all of the common optometry misconceptions and understand the truth and myth behind each of them. If you reside in the Surrey, Langley, White Rock or Aldergrove areas and have any questions or concerns regarding the health of your eyes, give us a call at 604.533.1171.

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