Vision and eye health myths that one must watch out for – Times Now

New Delhi: Did you know that not all eye doctors are the same? Contrary to the misconception that all eye doctors are called ophthalmologists, there are three kinds of eye doctors namely ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. The human eye is a complex yet brilliant organ that serves as a window to the outside world. The importance of this organ makes it essential to take care of it. However, due to certain myths around eye care and vision, it might get difficult to take care of them the right way. 
Here are some common myths associated with eye and vision:
Myth 1: Too much use of eyes will damage them.
Your eyes are meant to be used to see the world around you. Have you ever worried about your skin losing its sensation because you are using it too much? With appropriate care, eye health could be managed and maintained for a long time.
Myth 2: Reading in dim light or reading too closely will damage the eyes.
Even before the invention of artificial light sources, people used to read and write without worrying about damaging their eyes. As much as it is true that a well-lit room will surely enhance the efficiency of reading and vision, it is also true that a dim room will not hamper the eyesight.
Myth 3: Eye appointments are unnecessary until an emergency arises.
It is never a bad idea to get up to date with your health checkups. Being regular with eye checkups will not only ensure the health of the eyes, but it will also aid detection and treatment of any underlying issue that might have the potential of becoming a problem of the future. 
Myth 4: Wearing glasses will reverse eye damage or deterioration.
Glasses are required to correct distortions in the vision, if any. However, it must be noted that it cannot reverse the eye damage or distortion permanently as the problems could be a consequence of a variety of factors ranging from genetics to other health complications.
Myth 5: Only men can be colourblind
This misconception came into being due to the higher prevalence of colourblind men than women. It must be noted that although rare, colourblindness in women is not an impossible phenomenon.
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