Demystifying Myths About Your Eyes

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Urban myths, “old” wives’ tales and your mom saying you’ll go blind if you sit too close to the TV.  It’s time to debunk the myths and share some truths about your beautiful eyes.

Myth: Eating carrots can improve eyesight

Fact: This myth dates back to WWII and has some truth to it! Although carrots will not correct your refractive errors, they contain beta carotene which is needed to produce a type of Vitamin A that is used by your eyes to support your night vision!

While we are talking food for the eyes, carrots aren’t your only friend. Sweet potatoes, salmon and leafy greens provide all sorts of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants that are great for your eyes. Check out some of our suggested yummy recipes which include ingredients your eyes need.

Myth: Eye exercises can improve vision

Fact: This is false! There are exercises to relieve eye strain, as well as therapeutic exercises to help with conditions that affect the sight of children, but eye exercises do not correct refractive error or help you see better.  This has been a popular myth for centuries but there is no scientific proof. If you are having difficulties seeing at a distance or what is right in front of you, best consult with your eye doctor.

Myth: Eyes need a break from glasses

Fact: Nope! If you are prescribed glasses by your Optometrist, it is best to wear them when you need them. Otherwise, your eyes can get strained and tired. Eye strain can cause many symptoms like, headaches, dry eyes and blurry vision. Best to use them if you have them! In the market for new glasses? Check these out!

Myth: Digital screens will damage your eyes

Fact: The fact is, your eyes will not get damaged from using digital screens for a long period of time. However, we tend to blink less often when we use them and that can cause dry, fatigued, strained eyes. So here is a fact, you should give your eyes a break during prolonged exposure to the blue light that is emitted from your smartphone, tablet or computer. We even have a “rule of thumb” we call 20-20-20; every 20 minutes, stare at a distance of 20 feet away from you for 20 secs. Doing this and remembering to blink more often should help relieve your eyes from overworking.

Myth: Eye exams are only necessary if you have vision problems

Fact: Wrong, wrong, wrong! Whether you are seeing perfectly or not, you need to stay on top of your eye health!  Yearly eye exams are recommended because many eye conditions progress without noticeable symptoms until there is significant and possibly irreversible damage. Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and hypertension are examples of serious vision afflictions that can go undetected. Through a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist can identify early signs and recommend treatments to prevent and/or reduce their progression and damage to your eyes. If it has been a while since your last eye exam, book your appointment today!


CARP members receive exceptional benefits at IRIS:

  • $150 towards any complete pair of prescription eyewear (frame and lenses valued at $250 or more) or prescription sunglasses
  • $50 towards the purchase of an annual supply of contact lenses
  • $50 towards non-prescription sunglasses valued at $100 or more
  • $500 towards vision correction procedures at our ophthalmology clinic in Laval, Quebec
  • $25 towards the purchase of 3 or more bottles of Eye Omega Benefits 240 Gel Caps

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