There are a lot of eye care myths out there. If you mistakenly believe that any of these myths are true, you could be inadvertently causing harm to your eyes. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of the biggest eye care myths we’ve seen so you can learn the truth about each. Find out here if you’re making some of these eye care mistakes that could be harmful to your eye health.
Truth: The reality is that prolonged or continuous exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can damage your eyes’ natural lens. This can lead to cataracts and cause macular degeneration, which will eventually lead to vision loss.
When you’re outside for long periods of time, wear sunglasses. Ideally, you should get a pair of sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays.
Truth: Sorry, but rubbing your eyes is the easiest way to get eye infections. Next time you go to rub your eyes, think about where your hands have been. If you shake a person’s hand or touch a contaminated surface, then rub your eyes, you’re smearing all those germs in your eyes.
If you really need to rub your eyes, wash your hands first or opt for a facecloth when you can.
Truth: Unfortunately, contact lenses are not meant to be worn for extended periods of time. They are especially not meant to be worn overnight. This deprives your corneas of oxygen and encourages bacterial growth, which can cause eye infections. Wearing your contacts too long can also cause keratitis.
Always remove your contact lenses before bed, clean them with fresh solution and store them correctly.
Truth: The truth is, using blue screen filters or computer glasses won’t protect your eyes 100%. While these tools might help reduce the effects of blue light, they won’t prevent the damage that can occur from staring at screens all day. The harm in staring at screens for so long comes from the fact that we get so focused that we don’t blink very often and we might be straining to see what’s on the screen.
If your life involves heavy screen use, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something at least 20 feet away and refocus your eyes. Throw in a few blinks, too.