It’s likely that everyone has heard some myth related to their eye health over the course of their life, and we’ve all probably believed one too. Here are some of the most common eye myths from over the years, as well as reasons why you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.
Myth 1: Reading text in low light will harm your vision
For decades, people have believed that reading printed text with very little light will cause permanent damage to your vision, but it’s simply untrue. Reading in dim light is difficult and can cause eyestrain and fatigue, but it won’t do any harm to your eyes.
Myth 2: It’s not necessary to get an eye exam unless you notice specific issues
For many people, it’s all too easy to go through life without caring about eye health until something bad happens. It’s rarely the same for other aspects of their health, and it shouldn’t be with the eyes either. Routine eye exams are an important part of regular health maintenance.
Myth 3: Continued use of lenses will weaken your eyes
People who wear corrective lenses often notice that their prescription strength changes over time, and they attribute this to the lenses weakening their eyesight. In reality, prescriptions often need to be changed due to progressive eye conditions that cause the need for correction in the first place, but it has nothing to do with wearing the lenses themselves.
Myth 4: Vision loss is untreatable and irreversible
People often put off going to see an eye health specialist when they notice a problem because they assume it’s only going to get worse no matter what. But many types of eye problems can be treated effectively. Time is usually of the essence, so the sooner you make the choice to see a healthcare professional, the better chance you will have of correcting your vision loss and restoring your eyesight.
Whether you have a specific symptom that you’d like to get checked or you just need an overall evaluation of your eye health, the experienced team of ophthalmologists at Florida Eye Specialists are here for you. Our specialists have decades of experience treating a wide variety of eye conditions, and we are dedicated to helping each patient optimize their eye health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of our six convenient locations throughout the Jacksonville area.