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Common Misconceptions about Eye Health

Common Misconceptions about Eye Health

There are many conditions that can affect a person’s eyesight – and many misconceptions about eye health.  Some of these misconceptions are encountered more than others.

It’s like dental exams, you go every so often for cleaning. You don’t only go in when you feel like a cavity is growing. It’s for preventative measures, not when it’s too late.  If people wait too long to go in for an exam, it can have adverse effects.If someone doesn’t have any issues with their eyes, why would they think something is wrong?  It starts with the eye exam. They may say everything looks good, but they should still come back regularly. For people who don’t have an exam history, they don’t have a baseline of eye health, up to that point.

  • Another common misconception is wearing glasses makes your eyes weaker!  NO. IT. DOES. NOT.Red glasses Maple Grove Eye Doctors at Pearle Vision

That is the farthest from the truth.   Glasses allow you to see clearer, but the reason it seems like that is because when we turn 35 or 40, our eyes’ ability to focus on an object up close becomes more challenging and inconsistent because of muscle fatigue and the hardening of a focusing lens in the eye. So, regardless of wearing glasses or not, that allows the muscles to relax so you have less eye strain and headaches.  But, since the muscles are relaxing when the glasses are on, everything seems blurry at first when the glasses come off. Common sense would lead you down the path that it makes your eyes weaker, but in reality, it just makes it more comfortable to see.

  • The vision misconception that the general public hears the most – how carrots can help one’s eyesight. WE SAY EAT LEAFY GREEN VEGGIES.carrots and leafy greens Maple Grove Eye Doctors at Pearle Vision

Many misconceptions are spread through word-of-mouth. A lot of things stem from the fact a patient hears something in their appointment that applies to them specifically, and share that as fact for everyone. However, what is true for one person isn’t true for the next. Also, this can happen when Googling something. Google is never a good place to start self diagnosing.

The misconceptions occur  because eyes are the most commonly talked about organ of the body.  Because we can assess our vision and we think we can assume that since we can see, our eyes are fine.  This misconception is also a scary thought because you only get two of them. It’s easy to assume things that seem real to us because we can see them.

To combat conflicting information or misconceptions, A visit to the Eye Doctor  is a good place to start.

When our team is  checking out a patient for their exam, we ask them if they want to schedule next year’s appointment.   So, for the patient, when it becomes a routine, it’s easier to do it.

 

By |October 7th, 2021|Healthy Eyes|

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