• Myth: Sitting too close to the TV is bad for the eyes

    Fact:

    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. Study 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.

  • Myth: If you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way

    Fact:

    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.

  • Myth : Children With Crossed Eyes Can Be Treated

    Fact:

    Children are not able to outgrow strabismus  (the medical term for crossed eyes) on their own but, with help, it can be more easily corrected at a younger age. That’s why it is important for your child to have an eye exam early, first when your child is an infant and then again by age two.

  • Myth: If parents have poor eyesight, their kids will inherit that trait

    Fact:

    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.

  • Myth: Eating carrots can improve vision

    Fact:

    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 study.

  • Myth: Computer use can damage the eyes

    Fact:

    According to the study, 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.

  • Myth: Two blue-eyed parents can’t produce a child with brown eyes

    Fact:

    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.

  • Myth: Only boys can be color-blind

    Fact:

    It’s estimated that up to 8% of boys have some degree of color blindness, whereas less than 1% of girls do.

  • Myth: The eye is full size at birth

    Fact:

    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.

  • Myth: Wearing glasses too much will make the eyes "dependent" on them

    Fact:

    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 genetics and continues despite wearing glasses earlier or later or more or less. Wearing glasses does not make the eyes get worse.

  • Myth : Reading in the Dark Will Weaken Your Eyesight

    Fact :

    As with sitting too close to the television, you may feel eyestrain or get a headache from reading in the dark,
    but it will not weaken your eyes.

  • Myth : There’s Nothing You Can Do to Prevent Vision Loss

    Fact:

    At the very first sign of symptoms, such as blurred vision, eye pain, flashes of light, or sudden onset of floaters
    in your vision, you should see your doctor. If detected early enough, depending on the cause, there are treatments that can correct, stop, or at least slow down the loss of vision.

  • Myth : Using a Nightlight in Your Child’s Room Will Contribute to Nearsightedness

    Fact:

    It has been thought that using a nightlight in your child’s bedroom may contribute to nearsightedness, however there is not enough evidence to support this claim. Keeping a nightlight on in your baby’s room may actually help him or her learn to focus and develop important eye coordination skills when they are awake.

  • Myth : Looking Straight at the Sun Will Damage Your Sight

    Fact:

    Looking at the sun may not only cause a headache and distort your vision temporarily, but it can also cause permanent damage to your retina — the back of your eye. Any exposure to sunlight adds to the cumulative effects of ultraviolet radiation on your eyes. UV exposure has been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis, cataracts, pterygia, and corneal dystrophies.

    The most dangerous time for sun gazing is midday and during a solar eclipse. The brightness of the sun is hidden; but the dangerous invisible rays that permanently burn your eyes are not reduced.

  • Myth : Using Artificial Sweeteners Will Make Your Eyes More Sensitive to Light

    Fact:

    If you use artificial sweeteners, like cyclamates, your eyes may be more sensitive to light. There are other factors
    that will make your eyes more sensitive to light as well. They include antibiotics, oral contraceptives, high blood
    pressure drugs, diuretics, and diabetic medications.

Source : webmd.com, kidshealth.org