Eye Myths of Old Bridge residents

Friday, May 11th, 2012, 1:14 am

Has anyone ever told you that reading in dim light or using computers frequently can damage your eyes? Both of these statements are actually myths. While these activities may cause eye fatigue, neither will cause permanent damage. Some myths have some truth to them. For example, many people believe that wearing the wrong kind of eyeglasses will damage your eyes. Wearing the wrong kind of eyeglasses won’t damage the eyes, but children under the age of eight should wear their own prescription to prevent the development of amblyopia or “lazy eye.”
One of the most common myths about cataracts is that it needs to be “ripe” to be removed. A cataract is a thickening and discoloration of the eye’s lens. There is no such thing as a “ripe” cataract. When a cataract interferes with the activities of daily living and enjoyment, it is time to fix the problem. Sadly, the myth that wearing eyeglasses causes you to become dependent on them is very popular although it has no basis in fact. Rather than becoming “dependent,” on your glasses, you are simply getting used to seeing clearly. And that’s a good thing.


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