Throughout your life, you’ve probably heard a lot of advice concerning your peepers. “Don’t rub your eyes.” “Don’t stand so close to the TV.” “You don’t need a BB gun; you’ll shoot your eye out.” Whether it’s from personal experience or popular culture, we’ve been exposed to numerous eye-related warnings, but how many of them are myths? To help clear the air, here are a few fictitious rumors we’ve been told about our eyes.
The wrong prescription can damage your eyes
Believe it or not, wearing contacts and eyeglasses with the wrong prescription cannot harm your eyesight. However, they can cause you a great deal of discomfort. Wearing the wrong prescription can certainly strain your eyes and cause headaches and/or overall fatigue, but they will not cause permanent damage. Although, we recommend getting an eye exam regularly to ensure your prescription is up to date.
Staring at a screen all day can harm your eyes
In this day and age, our eyes are exposed to a multitude of screens. From computers to TVs and mobile phones to tablets, our lives are immersed in technology that’s seemingly harmful to our eyes. Thankfully, this is only a myth. Despite popular belief, your eyes cannot be damaged from TVs and computer screens. Although, they can certainly strain your eyes and cause mental or physical fatigue. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, make an effort to limit your exposure to screens or take breaks periodically to give your eyes a rest.
LASIK Eye surgery can make you go blind
This myth has been thrown since the advent of the procedure. LASIK eye surgery is a simple and safe procedure that’s helped millions worldwide see better without the use of prescription eyeglasses or contacts. In fact, the FDA has never reported a case where a patient has lost their eyesight due to a LASIK procedure. Complications may occur, but these instances are very rare and most likely reversible. If you’d like to learn more about LASIK, schedule an appointment with your local Houston eye center.
At Mattioli Vision Professionals, a Houston laser vision correction center, we treat your eyes as if they are our own. And considering we have 96% success rate to reach 20/20 vision for our patients, we think the results speak for themselves. Schedule a free consultation today to see what we can do for you!