Top Myths About Vision in Indian Children

Myth: Eating carrots improves your vision.

Fact: Vitamin A aids in the normal functioning of eyes. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, but green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits are rich in it as well. In addition to vitamin A, these other vegetables also contain greater amounts of vitamin C and E, which protect eyes from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. However, these sources will neither prevent nor repair vision problems like nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Myth: Sitting too close to the television can damage children’s eyes.

Fact: There is no evidence that watching TV closely can be damaging to the eyes. However, it can affect your eyes temporarily. A decrease in the amount of times children blink their eyes while watching TV can lead to eyestrain. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), kids are actually able to focus up close without eyestrain better than adults can. Because of this, they often develop the habit of sitting close to the TV. However, sitting close to a TV can also be a sign of nearsightedness.

Myth: Taking a break from glasses or contact lenses allows your eyes to rest.

Fact: Glasses help people to see more clearly. Those who are prescribed glasses for distance or reading need to use them all the time because reading without glasses will strain the eyes and tire them out. Wearing glasses doesn’t weaken vision or lead to eye disease.

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