Since childhood, we’ve all heard of myths and urban legends in some form or another.
So, this Easter, let’s go on a myth-busting adventure and see which ones are true and which ones make us laugh out loud.
Debunking the truth!
Eating carrots will improve your eyesight
Ok, so there’s some truth to this.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A which can play a part in eye health. However, munching on a 5 kg bag of carrots will probably only give you indigestion!
According to research, eating a carotenoid-rich diet, which includes beta-carotene, has been shown to improve eye health and prevent illnesses.
Furthermore, people with high blood levels of carotenoids had a 35% lower risk of macular degeneration.
Carrots and other sources of Vitamin A may help you see better in low light, if you have a Vitamin A deficiency.
Solely relying on these crunchy veggies to improve your eyesight is not a good idea. Visiting your nearest Vision Works store for an eye test and professional advice, however, is a great idea!
As a child, I remember my parents telling me if you cross your eyes on a full moon, they’ll stay crossed forever!
To my relief, I found out that this myth is as false, as false eyelashes. Crossed eyes or strabismus is a congenital condition that has nothing to do with the moon!
There is some truth that reading in dim lighting may cause eye fatigue, but it cannot cause permanent damage.
Trying on perscription glasses
You’ve probably tried on someone else’s prescription glasses to see how you look?
You’ll be relieved to know that the myth that wearing someone else’s glasses will damage your eyes is totally incorrect. You may only get a headache and not see too well, but that’s about it.
And finally, the biggest myth of them all is that an eye test is not necessary unless you’re having problems.
That’s 100% false!
Regular eye tests are necessary because early detection is the best form of prevention. Conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension all need a proper diagnosis.