Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Top Eye Myths Are Debunked by Bill Nye the Science Guy! (Also, Enter to Win an Eyewear Makeover!)

Do you remember Bill Nye the Science Guy? This Emmy Award-winning scientist has a reputation for making science fun! Now he’s partnered with VSP Vision Care to address common myths that people have about eyes. When they were doing research for this new series of videos, they sent surveys to eye doctors across the country asking about the vision-related myths they heard from their patients the most. Here are some they found: (How many did you believe?)

Myth: Working many hours in front of a computer screen will harm your eyes.
Fact: Although using computers will not damage vision, fatigue, headaches, neck pain or eye strain may occur with use over extended periods of time. This overuse can result in a serious condition called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). To help prevent CVS, remember the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away.

Myth: Wearing glasses tends to weaken the eyes.
Fact: Glasses do not weaken eyes. Eyes lose the ability to focus on near objects as people get older, a natural digression called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which means “old eye” in Greek, becomes noticeable between the ages of 38 and 42. The bottom line is glasses do not weaken eyes; rather, eyes naturally become weaker with age.

Myth: Sitting too close to the television will harm your eyes.
Fact: Despite what your mother told you as a kid, sitting closer than necessary to the television may cause headaches, but will not cause eye damage.

Myth: As long as your eyes don’t hurt, you can wear contact lenses 24/7.
Fact: If your contacts aren’t the overnight-approved, extended wear variety, don’t treat them that way. Daily wear contacts need nightly soaks to clean and disinfect them. Contacts are a great alternative for lenses, but proper contact care is needed to prevent eye irritation and infection.

Myth: Children do not need to have their vision tested until they are at least 5.
Fact: The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a six-month eye exam to make sure the baby’s eyes are developing correctly and to scan for serious problems such as cataracts and tumors. Eighty percent of what we learn is through our eyes, and one in four students has a visual impairment problem. One study shows a whopping 85 percent of America’s pre-schoolers haven’t received a vision exam by age five. Experts recommend that children see their eye doctor at six months, between the ages of 2 and 3, before entering kindergarten, and annually thereafter to ensure their eye health and learning progression.

Myth: If you can see fine, your eyes are healthy and you don’t need an exam.
Fact: Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. It is important to make annual visits to an eye doctor to receive comprehensive eye exams. Through an exam, an eye doctor can detect signs of serious health conditions, including diabetes, brain tumors, and high cholesterol, before physical symptoms are present.

Myth: You cannot get cataracts unless you wear glasses.
Fact: Cataracts are caused by the aging and deterioration in the lens of the eyes. This is a normal process that occurs in about half of adults between the age of 65 and 75. Everyone can develop cataracts, no matter if they wear glasses or not. In fact, glasses can actually help postpone cataract surgery.

Bill Nye the Science Guy and VSP are also developing a series of very entertaining videos about eye health. Here’s one called: Do 3-D Movies Cause Motion Sickness?

And another one: Can an Eye Exam Really Detect Signs of Diabetes?

Good eye health is extremely important for the whole family! I hope you’ll visit the eye doctor soon with your children, if you haven’t done so recently. And continue to watch Bill Nye’s terrific videos on eye myths!

You can also enter a contest to win an eyewear makeover! Click here to enter the VSP Facebook Eyewear Makeover Contest (Ends 7/10/13)


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