Several myths associated with eyesight and vision have confused many about what’s good for the eyes and what isn’t. So, which ones should you believe?
Myth: Too Much Screen Time Will Ruin Your Eyes
Staring at a mobile phone device or laptop screen for long periods can indeed make your eyes feel tired and dry. You may even feel other symptoms like headaches. However, there’s no proof that it leads to permanent damage that will threaten your vision. Even so, taking frequent breaks helps relieve your eyes. Consider following the 20-20-20 rule – take your eyes off the screen every 20 minutes, focusing on an object from at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Myth: Eye Checkups Aren’t Needed When There’s No Problem Reading or Driving
You might not have any vision problems while you read a book or drive a car. However, keep in mind that serious eye conditions often manifest as you advance in age. Cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration usually occur when you reach middle adulthood. To keep your eyes in top shape, visit your eye doctor once at least a year or two. Diagnosing a vision-related problem in its early stages is usually easier to treat.
Myth: It Is Normal to See Halos Around Lights
Seeing bright circles or rings around a light source like a lamppost or headlight of a car can be a cause of concern. Get it checked by your eye doctor to see what’s wrong. For example, the shape of your cornea may be off; in this case, a change in your prescription contacts might help. It could also be a symptom of a serious eye condition like cataract or glaucoma. The eye doctor will have to properly examine your eyes to determine the underlying cause.
Turn to Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry for all your eye care needs. We offer a wide range of specialties, including pediatric eye care, eyeglasses prescriptions, LASIK consultations, sports vision evaluations and dry eye treatments. Call us today at (703) 467-9080, or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. Our Virginia service areas include Reston and the surrounding communities.