Old wives’ tales about your eyesight may cloud your judgment when it comes to properly caring for your eyes. This is why Six One Six Vision Center, your trusted eye care clinic, is committed to setting the record straight. Here are the truths behind four common eye care myths:
Myth #1: Carrots Are the Best Food for Your Eyes
Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. This nutrient protects your eyes from premature damage. While carrots are good for your eyes, there are other foods that are just as good. Dark, leafy greens, for example, contain antioxidants that help reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and other eye illnesses.
Myth #2: Sitting Too Close to the TV Can Damage Your Vision
Sitting too close to the TV, holding a book up-close and other similar habits have not been proven to damage your vision. That said, these habits may indicate you already have an underlying vision problem. Visit your eye doctor as soon as possible so we can perform an eye exam.
Myth #3: Wearing Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses Worsens Your Eyesight
There is no evidence that wearing glasses or contacts makes your vision worse. That being said, it’s normal for many people’s vision problems to progress over time, necessitating a lens upgrade every now and then.
Myth #4: Eye Exams Are Only Necessary When You Notice Visual Changes
This is one of the biggest and most common misconceptions about eye care. Your trusted optometrist explains that having routine eye exams is an important part of your preventive eye care. Undergoing a yearly exam, even if everything seems fine with your vision, helps keep your eyes in good shape for many years.
Get in touch with us today at (208) 214-5080 to learn more about your visual health. You may also complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve Boise, Eagle and the surrounding communities.