Myths and Facts about Eye Health

Myth: If you need glasses or contacts, it hurts your eyes when you don’t wear them.

Fact: It doesn’t hurt your eyes when you don’t wear your glasses. The exception: Some children have correctable eye problems that do require glasses to improve the condition.

Myth: You don’t need to go to the eye doctor unless you have vision problems.

Fact: Everyone needs to go to an eye doctor regularly.

Myth: When you get something in your eye, rub it out.

Fact: Dust, sure. But if you get sand or small debris in your eye, don’t touch it! Use an eye wash to flush it out. If an object is stuck in your eye, don’t remove it or rub your eye—go to a doctor ASAP. Some serious eye injuries can seem minor at first.

Myth: Eat carrots for eye health.

Fact: Spinach is actually the best food for eye health. Spinach has lutein and zeaxanthin. A diet rich in these substances helps prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss

Dark sunglasses are best to protect your eyes from the sun.

Fact: The color of sunglasses doesn’t have anything to do with eye protection. Look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Exposure to bright sunlight might increase your risk for cataracts and age-related vision loss.

Myth: There’s nothing I can do about my sight getting worse as I age.

Fact: Smoking increases your risk for age-related macular degeneration by two- to five-fold. Obesity may make this disease worse. Having healthy blood pressure levels and eating lots of fish and green leafy vegetables can reduce your risk.

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