Vision Facts and Mythsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-visionFactMyth-enHD-AR1.jpgOld wives' tales abound about the eyes. From watching TV to eating carrots, here's the lowdown on some vision facts and fiction.myths, facts, fact, fiction, vision, your child's eyes, eye, eyes, my child's eyes, my child's vision, carrots, eyesight, eye sight, eye-sight, seeing, sight, see, sees, seen, saw, computer, computers, tv, watching tv, television, bad vision, poor vision, poor eyesight, is tv bad for your eyes, crossed eyes, cross-eyed, crosseyed, computer screen, computer screens, blue eyes, brown eyes, colorblind, colorblindness, vitamin a, CD1Ophthalmology, CD1Ophthalmological Surgery05/07/200404/30/201904/30/2019Jonathan H. Salvin, MD09/01/2016f1b98298-9875-4a62-b924-8e6efdcdd285https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision-facts-myths.html/ <p>Old wives' tales abound about the eyes. From watching TV to eating carrots, here's the lowdown on some vision facts and fiction.</p> <h3>Myth: Sitting too close to the TV is bad for the eyes.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> Although parents have been saying this ever since TVs first found their way into our homes, there's no evidence that plunking down right in front of the TV set damages someone's eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says that kids can actually focus up close without eyestrain better than adults, so they often develop the habit of sitting right in front of the television or holding reading material close to their eyes. However, sitting close to a TV may be a sign of nearsightedness.</p> <p><img title="eye diagram" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/eyeDiagram-390x240-rd1-enIL.gif" class="" alt="eye diagram" name="211-EYE DIAGRAM" /></p> <h3>Myth: If you cross your eyes, they'll stay that way.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> Contrary to the old saying, eyes will not stay that way if you cross them. If your child is crossing one eye constantly, schedule an evaluation by an ophthalmologist.</p> <h3>Myth: If parents have poor eyesight, their kids will inherit that trait.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> Unfortunately, this one is sometimes true. If you need glasses for good vision or have developed an eye condition (such as cataracts), your kids might inherit that same trait. Discuss your family's visual history with your doctor.</p> <h3>Myth: Eating carrots can improve vision.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> Although it's true that carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for sight, so are many other foods (asparagus, apricots, nectarines, and milk, for example). A well-balanced diet can provide the vitamin A needed for good vision, says the AAO.</p> <h3>Myth: Computer use can damage the eyes.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> According to the AAO, computer use won't harm the eyes. However, when using a computer for long periods of time, the eyes blink less than normal (like they do when reading or performing other close work). This makes the eyes dry, which may lead to a feeling of eyestrain or fatigue. So encourage your kids to take frequent breaks from Internet surfing or video games.</p> <h3>Myth: Two blue-eyed parents can't produce a child with brown eyes.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> Two blue-eyed parents can have a child with brown eyes, although it's very rare. Likewise, two brown-eyed parents can have a child with blue eyes, although this is also uncommon.</p> <h3>Myth: Only boys can be color-blind.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> It's estimated that up to 8% of boys have some degree of color blindness, whereas less than 1% of girls do.</p> <h3>Myth: The eye is full size at birth.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> The eye is NOT full size at birth but continues to grow with your child. This growth partially accounts for refractive (glasses) changes that occur during childhood.</p> <h3>Myth: Wearing glasses too much will make the eyes "dependent" on them.</h3> <p><strong>Fact:</strong> Refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism) change as kids get older. Many variables come into play, but most of this change is likely due to&nbsp;genetics and continues despite wearing glasses earlier or later or more or less. Wearing glasses does not make the eyes get worse.</p>
AmblyopiaAmblyopia interferes with the way the eye and the brain work together. The result is poor vision. Treatment may involve glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/amblyopia.html/486d90aa-3652-4c89-9e4d-110539ca3269
BlindnessKids who can't see, or can't see well, learn to live without using their eyes. To learn more about visual impairment and what causes it, read our article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/visual-impaired.html/a6517f0b-ab44-41ea-84c2-c8270e866793
Eye InjuriesYou can treat many minor eye irritations by flushing the eye, but more serious injuries require medical attention.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eye-injury.html/478e5af4-6659-4a6f-ba0b-9870e14936cc
EyesAlthough your eyes are small, their structure is incredibly complex. Find out how they work in this body basics article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/eyes.html/603f05a6-aecf-46e3-be27-6080fd9345ac
Glasses and Contact LensesSometimes the different parts of the eye don't work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/glasses.html/13fcf85b-32ae-4ddd-a689-361a25c43203
Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the InternetTV, interactive video games, and the Internet can be excellent sources of education and entertainment, but too much plugged-in time can have unhealthy side effects.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tv-habits.html/d3adc586-2694-438a-af13-0099fea0dc1e
Quiz: EyesTake this quiz about your eyes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/eyequiz.html/dd81c9ea-2bf1-4b99-8d86-ce4599eca94f
StrabismusStrabismus causes eyes to wander or cross. Treatment may include glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strabismus.html/cbbbdb38-b30e-4efd-99fe-65598c1acdbf
Taking Care of Your VisionEven if you're lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of and protecting your eyes is vital to keeping your peepers perfect. Learn all about how to take care of your baby blues (or browns or greens) in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/vision-care.html/25c29a93-b9b8-4350-81bf-455e1b19d57b
Visual ImpairmentWhen one or more parts of the eye or brain that are needed to process images become diseased or damaged, severe or total loss of vision can occur. Read all about visual impairment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/visual-impairment.html/24537535-ce73-4c5a-b289-632602997457
Visual Impairments Factsheet (for Schools)What teachers should know about visual impairments, and how to help students with vision problems succeed in school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision-factsheet.html/b31ec62b-ac15-4b92-b7d9-514961504a64
Your Child's VisionIt's important for kids to have their eyes examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision.html/892d3a4f-f816-4903-a587-3514f79f4d68
Your EyesEver wonder how your eyes work? This article for kids takes you from the pupil to the retina and beyond.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/eyes.html/41e9a218-5f21-465b-9403-85aacb77c062
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