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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s estimated that up to 8% of boys have some degree of color blindness, whereas less than 1% of girls do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This statement does have some truth in it for a small number of
people. Some children have eye problems that can be corrected, and
it is important that they wear their glasses. But vision problems caused
by heredity or physical injury do not go away, even with glasses. While
corrective glasses or contacts are needed to improve eyesight, using your
eyes with or without glasses will not damage your vision further.
Source : webmd.com, kidshealth.org