Eyesight myths debunked

Eyesight myths debunked

Contact lens wearers worried that their eyesight may get worse if they read in low light have been told that the suggestion is untrue.

The Starpress spoke to Dr Mark Melson, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, who claimed that temporary straining of the eyes may give you a headache, but will not affect vision in the long term.

He added that eating carrots will not make you see better in the dark, although the small amounts of vitamin A in them will contribute to better eyesight, and the expert also commented on the myth that vision can deteriorate by wearing glasses.

"Eyesight can naturally degrade as you age, but wearing glasses does not damage vision or make the eyes dependent on them," he explained.

A recent report did find that the risk of age-related macular degeneration can be reduced by the regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.

by Martin Burns

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