We think we know a lot about our eyes and how to treat them best. But how many facts are actually true and not just fiction?
Take our quiz and see how much you really know. You might surprise yourself!
FICTION: Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes
It is actually not harmful. Reading in dim light can make your eyes feel tired, causing you to believe it can damage your eyes, but this will not cause any damage.
FICTION: You do not need to have your eyes checked until you are in your 40s or 50s.
Explanation: This is NOT true. You should have your eyes checked annually, starting as early as six months old. Several asymptomatic yet treatable eye diseases (most notably glaucoma) can begin prior to your 40s.
FACT: Using a computer screen is not harmful to the eyes.
Explanation: How many of you said Myth? Although using a computer screen is associated with eyestrain or fatigue, it is not harmful to the eyes.
FICTION: Wearing poorly fitting contact lenses does not harm your eyes.
Explanation: Poorly fitting contact lenses can be harmful to your cornea, the clear front window of your eye.
FACT: Eyes cannot be transplanted.
Explanation: Many people believe that eye surgery involves transplanting the eye, however, this is untrue. The eye is connected to the brain by the optic nerve, which cannot be reconnected once it has been severed. However, the cornea can be transplanted.
FICTION: You can wear contact lenses while swimming.
Explanation: You should not wear contact lenses while swimming. Blinding eye infections can result from swimming if you wear your contacts.
FICTION: An eye exam is only necessary if you’re having problems.
Explanation: Go to the ophthalmologist BEFORE you notice your problems. Everyone should follow a proper eye health program that includes a regular eye exam.
FACT: Eating carrots is not necessary in order to improve your vision
Explanation: How many of you tell your children to eat carrots to improve their vision? While it is true that carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for sight, only a small amount is necessary for good vision. Leafy, green vegetables are even more effective for health vision.
FICTION: If you need glasses, your eyes are not healthy.
Explanation: Wearing glasses has nothing to do with your eye health.