Seeing the Light: Vision Myths and Facts
You should do everything in your power to protect your vision. After all, without proper vision, your quality of life would be greatly diminished. Despite the universal concern for ocular wellness, myths regarding eye health abound. At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, our doctors are dedicated to providing complete eye care and to answering all your questions about ocular health. From cataract surgery to prescription sunglasses, we are here to help you. Additionally, we can help you distinguish between vision myths and facts. Contact our Eustis, Leesburg, or Clermont locations today to learn more.
Do I Really Need to Wear Sunglasses?
The answer is a resounding “Yes!” At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, we like to call sunglasses “your other first pair” because of their immense importance in protecting your vision. Like the rest of your body, your eyes can become sunburned, in some cases leading to temporary vision loss for up to 48 hours. If your eyes are continually exposed to the sun without proper protection, it can lead to more serious damage such as cataracts, macular degeneration, a benign tissue growth called pterygium, and eyelid cancer. Children should also wear sunglasses, since their eyes are more susceptible to UV rays than those of adults.
Do I Need to Wear Sunglasses on a Cloudy Day?
Absolutely! Even on a cloudy day, UV rays are present and your eyes are still susceptible to sunburn.
Are All Sunglasses Equal?
Unfortunately, many sunglasses do not offer adequate protection for your eyes. For optimal safety, you should choose sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Many inexpensive sunglasses that claim to offer 100% UV actually provide far less defense, so it's important to be careful when purchasing sunglasses, particularly from non-reputable sources. Cheaply manufactured lenses can also distort vision. At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, you can rest assured that we provide high-quality lenses that offer complete protection from UV rays while offering the clearest field of vision.
Does Working at the Computer Hurt My Eyes?
Yes and no. Although working at the computer does not cause permanent vision damage, it can lead to temporary eye strain and dry eye. When you are working on a computer, your eyes constantly have to adjust and realign with the words on the screen. This can strain your muscles, and lead to fatigue that will worsen the longer you are at the computer. Patients of all ages are susceptible to vision problems stemming from computer use, with older adults often having more trouble adjusting their eyes to the screen. You can reduce your risk of eye fatigue by wearing glasses with the proper prescription and by taking frequent breaks to look at objects at varying distances. You should also use eye drops to treat dryness and itchiness as indicated by your doctor.
Does Reading in the Dark Hurt My Eyes?
This is a persistent myth, often stemming from childhood warnings. Reading in the dark will not harm your vision, though it can cause temporary eye strain and fatigue.
Will Wearing the Wrong Glasses Make My Vision Worse?
For adults, wearing an outdated prescription or someone else’s eyeglasses will not harm your vision, although it could cause eye fatigue. Children under the age of eight should always wear the correct prescription, as failing to do so can cause lazy eye.
Learn the Truth about Your Eyes
Contact Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists today. We are always ready to answer your questions and help you take steps to protect your vision.