Myths about computer reading glasses

| 01.04.2021

Due to the evolution of technology and the time spent in front of digital screens, the eyes require additional protection measures. The most effective solution is to wear a pair of glasses with lenses provided with a filter against blue light.

People spend more and more time in front of electronic devices, whether it is for personal reasons or their field of activity takes place in an office. The prolonged use of computers, tablets, and mobile phones and the time spent in front of the TV has caused an increasing number of people to experience the sensation of burning eyes, blurred vision, and even headaches. An exercise to combat dry eyes’ feeling is the “20-20-20 way,” which involves blinking 20 times every 20 minutes, then take your eyes off the monitor and look for 20 seconds at an object located at a distance of 20 steps (approximately 6 meters). This exercise relaxes the eye muscles that we use to focus on the computer screen.

There are many opinions about sight and eye health that are, in fact, untrue. Over time, some became so popular that people began to believe and take them into account, thus risking more harm than good.

We have listed below some of the myths in ophthalmology that we know, with the necessary explanations:

Reading in low light weakens vision.

FAKE

A few hundred years ago, all the activities after dark were carried out by candlelight or gas lamp, consequently, in unfavorable lighting conditions. The sight of our predecessors was not weaker for this reason. However, reading is easier under proper ambient lighting conditions.

Eating carrots improves eyesight.

FAKE

Carrots contain vitamin A which is essential for eyesight. However, it is found in many other foods, requiring a minimal amount for the eye’s proper functioning. A balanced diet, with or without carrots, is enough.

Sight is improved through eye exercises.

FAKE

Eye exercises do not maintain or improve vision, nor do they decrease the need to wear your computer glasses. Our vision depends on several factors that eye exercises cannot improve. Only insufficient convergence occurs when the eyes do not work together to focus an image at a short distance, which benefits from such practices.

Looking at the sun is good for health and improves the general condition of the body.

FAKE

Even for short periods, looking at the sun without special goggles can cause retinal damage and even blindness. Ordinary sunglasses are not enough to protect us in this case, requiring special filters.

Reading in low light weakens vision
Using the computer destroys the eyes

Using the computer destroys the eyes.

FAKE

Looking at a screen does not destroy the eyes, but it can cause fatigue and dry eyes if done without a break. Don’t forget to take a short break every 20 minutes and blink as often as possible. Blue light filter goggles are also recommended if you spend a lot of time looking at various digital devices’ screens.

If you “use” your eyes a lot, the eyes themselves will destroy them

FAKE

The eye is a sense organ whose function is the visual perception so that, used for this purpose, it is not destroyed.

Glasses wearers destroy their eyes if they read a lot or work long hours looking closely at the computer.

FAKE

Reading or working does not destroy the eyes. However, they can cause symptoms of eye fatigue, especially in spectacle wearers. In this case, only frequent breaks are indicated, in which the eyes rest looking at the distance.

Did you know that the sun’s harmful rays can affect your vision and facilitate eye diseases? The good news is that all these risks can be reduced by wearing sunglasses that reduce the transmission of UVA and UVB rays by 100. But there are many myths related to sunglasses; below, we list the seven most common.

Sunglasses are only for sunny days.

FAKE

UV rays pass through the clouds. Regardless of the season, sun exposure can increase eye disease risk with profound effects, such as cataracts and cancer. The sun reflected on the ice can lead to photokeratitis, a painful disease known as snow blindness.

Babies and children should not wear sunglasses

FAKE

Children are just as exposed to the sun’s rays as adults. Children must protect their vision in advance.

Cheap sunglasses do not provide protection.

FAKE

Sunglasses do not have to cost a fortune to provide protection. The variants of glasses marked with 100 UV protection are as effective as the firm’s most expensive ones.

Size doesn’t matter

FAKE

The better it covers the eye, the more influential the sunglasses are. When buying glasses, choose with confidence the options that cover the eyes and the sides and prevent UVA and UVB rays‘ entry through these areas.

Sunglasses are only for sunny days
Polarized lenses offer more protection

Polarized lenses offer more protection.

FAKE

Polarized lenses do not block the rays more but are more effective in reducing reflections on cars, water, or pavement, and in this way, these activities become more pleasant.

Darker lenses provide more protection.

FAKE

Darker lenses are not an indicator of UV protection. Instead, make sure that the label shows: 100% protection against UV rays.

Colored lenses offer more protection.

FAKE

Blue, green, or gray lenses do not offer more protection but instead provide more contrast, and thus sports activities such as golf or softball are more enjoyable.

The eyes’ health must be protected as effectively and with the utmost care as we watch the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing sunglasses with 100% protection against UV rays is an efficient, cheap way and protects for a whole year.

To ensure the health of your eyesight or those close to you, we strongly recommend regular checkups to detect any eye problems in time and to have the opportunity to apply a treatment as effectively as possible to restore the natural state of vision.

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