6 Eye-Care Myths

  • Many people may think they know all about eye care, but there are some things that we may be getting wrong, or just not know about Here, EyeCare America clarifies five misconceptions:

    I Don't Really Need An Eye Exam

    Don't wait until you feel pain or notice changes in your vision. Most eye diseases, like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), have no early warning signs or symptoms. By the time a change in vision is noticed, the damage can be irreversible. Regardless of symptoms, regular eye exams are essential in protecting sight.
  • Computer Screens Ruin Your Eyesight Spending long hours in front of a computer screen can cause eyes to feel tired and strained for a variety of reasons, including the tendency to blink less frequently. But the good news is that computer screens are not responsible for any permanent damage to vision.
  • Kids Don't Need Sunglasses Exposure to UV rays can increase your risk for AMD and cataracts. Since UV damage is cumulative, even the youngest eyes need to be protected from the sun. Make sure sunglasses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, and don’t forget to wear them on the slopes or during other outdoor winter sports. Wear a hat and seek shade, too, to protect eyes from UV damage.
  • Vision Loss is a Normal Part of Aging Getting older does not mean that vision loss is inevitable. Most vision loss can be prevented as long as you catch eye diseases early and take steps to protect your vision. Staying active, eating healthy foods and practicing other healthy habits will help protect your vision as you age.
  • I Just Got A Prescription - I Don't Need An Eye Exam Only a dilated eye exam allows an ophthalmologist to examine the entire eye and detect signs of eye disease. Even if you recently got a new prescription for glasses or contacts, you might still need a dilated eye exam. Taking proper care of our eyes is essential to preserve good vision as we age. The first step in maintaining healthy vision is to schedule regular, dilated eye exams, starting with a baseline exam by age 40. After age 65, you should schedule eye exams every one to two years or as advised by your ophthalmologist.

    EyeCare America offers eye exams and up to a year of care at no out-of-pocket cost to qualifying patients. To find out more about eligibility, visit www.eyecareamerica.org.