The LA eye specialists at Eyesthetica are invested in the eye health of our patients. We believe that you should have all of the correct information you need to make good decisions about your health and medical care. In this blog post, we clear up the most common myths and wives’ tales about your eyes and vision.

Sitting Too Close to the TV or Computer Can Hurt Your Vision

You won’t ruin your eyes forever by sitting too close to the television or computer screen. But you can certainly tire your eyes out. If you plan a movie marathon or work at a computer all day long, take frequent breaks so your eyes can rest.

If you cross your eyes, they will stay that way.

This long-held wives’ tale is false. Your eye muscles function like the other muscles in your body and cannot get “stuck” if held in a position too long. Crossing your eyes can fatigue them, but they will not get stuck.

Wearing someone else’s glasses can hurt your eyes.

Wearing someone else’s prescription eyeglasses may strain your eyes, make you dizzy or even give you a headache — but it won’t cause long-term damage. Nonetheless, try to avoid doing so. Also, if you wear glasses, have regular eye exams to ensure that your prescription stays current.

Reading in the dark is dangerous.

It isn’t dangerous to read in the dark or in a dimly lit room, but it is more difficult! Read in a well-lighted spot for your comfort and ease.

Dark sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun.

The color of sunglass lenses is not as important as their UV blocking agents. Dark lenses cut down on glare but don’t necessarily keep out UV rays. When shopping around for new sunglasses, look for a pair with a label that indicates they block 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays.

Colorblindness only affects males.

While it is true that the majority of the colorblind are male, women can also be affected by the condition.

Cataracts can grow back after cataract surgery.

Cataracts do not grow back after being surgically removed. What can happen is that cells grow up in the back of the lens capsule behind the newly implanted IOL. This may cause hazy vision, which is mistaken for another cataract. Luckily, a quick laser treatment can clear up the cells and restore clear vision.

Get the Information You Need about Your Visual Health

If you have questions about your eye health or vision, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Call us today at (213) 986-8789 to speak with one of our ophthalmologists.