Some Myths and Facts About Vision in Children

There are many old thoughts about healthy vision and some of these thoughts are also stated as myths by eye doctors. Here are some common myths related to eyes and vision in kids and the related facts to know:

Myth: Watching television by sitting close is not good for eyes:

Even though, parents insist their children to sit away from television stating that watching television by sitting or standing at shorter distance is not good for eyes, there is no evidence for this statement. The American Academy of Ophthalmology actually states that kids can focus up close without any strain as compared to adults. This is why they sit close to the television to watch their favorite programs. Even though, it will not create any ill-effect, it may be a sign of nearsightedness, so it is suggested that parents should take their child to an ophthalmologist to ensure that everything is fine.

Myth: If parents have poor eyesight, children will also get it:

Even though, this statement is true to certain extent, it will not hold true always. For instance, if parents have cataracts, there are great chances that their kids will also develop cataract. But, this may not hold true in the case of other eye issues.

Myth: Carrots can make vision better:

This cannot be stated as myth as carrots are rich in beta carotene. So, they can improve vision, but taking carrots alone cannot help and it is important that there should be other healthy foods in the diet.

Myth: Computer can cause damage to the eyes:

The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that computer cannot create harm to the vision. However, when an individual works in front of the computer for long, he/she forgets to blink and this may cause problems. This can cause dry eye issue, resulting in fatigue and strain in eyes. This is why parents should encourage their kids to take breaks in between video gaming and internet browsing sessions.

Myth: Both Mom and dad with blue eyes cannot produce kids with brown eyes:

Even though, parents with blue eyes can produce kids with brown eyes, this happens only rarely. In most of the cases, kids born with the same eye color if both mom and dad have similar eye color.

Myth: Boys alone get color blindness:

This is also a false statement. However, the percentage of boys with color blindness is higher than that of the girls with this issue.

Myth: Eyes are at full size during birth:

This is a myth as eyes grow when children grow. Like other parts of the body, eyes also grow with the child.

Myth: Wearing spectacles can make the eye dependent on them:

This is also a myth. Some refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism will change when children grow older. Here, different factors like family history and healthy diet get into play. However, the fact is that wearing glasses will not make the eyes worse.

So, it is important that parents should get out of the myths related to eyes and should take their kids to regular eye examination to avoid any problems.

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