What are common myths about eye health?

Monica R. Khitri, MD
There are a number of common myths about eye health.
  • Myth 1. Sitting too close to the TV can cause eye problems. However, watching TV and doing indoor activities instead of being outdoors may cause an increased risk for nearsightedness.
  • Myth 2. If you cross your eyes, they will stay that way. However, if the child is consistently crossing one eye and not on purpose, he should be evaluated for a condition called strabismus.
  • Myth 3. Wearing eyeglasses too often can make your eyes “dependent” on them. Eyeglass prescriptions change as children get older due to the eye growth and your genes, not from wearing glasses too often.

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