College of Optometrists sheds light on myths

College of Optometrists sheds light on myths

The College of Optometrists has shed light on some so-called "old wives" tales" concerning vision and the eyes.

According to the organisation, many people still believe that reading in dim light will damage people"s eyes, when in fact this is not the case.

Reporting the college"s statement, Wales Online said that there are also many old wives" tales concerning contact lenses, none of which are true.

One of these is that contact lenses can get "lost behind the eyes," something described as complete fiction by the source.

"The membrane that covers the white of your eye (the conjunctiva) also lines your eyelids, so it is impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eyes," it said.

According to the college, many people are also under the assumption that watching too much TV will harm their eyesight, though this is also untrue, as the activity may only cause a headache, not vision impairment.

by Adrian Galbreth

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