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Vision Problems: Myths or Realities?

5 May 2017

There are many beliefs about eye health and vision problems. Some are justified, others are only urban legends! Gauge your knowledge with the test below and learn more about eye problems, their myths and their realities.




Remember that…


  • Carrots do not improve your eye sight.


Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and contribute to the health of your eyes and their ability to adapt to darkness. However, a particularly high carrot diet does not solve vision problems and cannot replace the wearing of glasses. The myth that carrots help improve vision goes back to the Second World War. Did you know? The Royal Air Force of England was fighting the German forces with, among other things, a new radar technology. To keep this weapon secret, England started a rumor that the Royal Air Force pilots had exceptional night vision thanks to their diet high in carrots and other vegetables rich in vitamin A. The myth was born!


  • Pregnancy can affect vision.


Eyes are sensitive to hormonal changes, water retention and blood circulation disorders. During pregnancy, it is possible that water retention alters vision. It’s important to note that pregnancy-related vision problems often disappear after pregnancy. For this reason, it is not advisable to have contact lenses prescribed or to have surgery during pregnancy.


  • Sitting too close to the TV screen does not explain the onset of an eye disease..


Watching TV too close to the screen can cause vision problems such as visual fatigue, which range from dry eyes to headaches, tingling and redness. The same applies to reading with little light: it tires your eyes but it’s not enough to trigger an eye disease.


  • The sun can cause vision problems.


Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays without suitable sunglasses can permanently damage your eyesight. In the same way that the sun can burn your skin, it can burn the surface of your eyes and, in the long run, promote the development of cataracts. In some cases, staring at the sun can cause severe damage to the retina (retinal burn) with often irreversible damage. It is important to never stare at the sun, especially during a solar eclipse.


  • A child whose parents have a certain vision problem will not necessarily have the same problem.


Genetics play a major role in the development of eye diseases, but it does not explain everything! Two myopic parents can give birth to a child whose eyes are in perfect health. Similarly, two parents whose eyes are in perfect health can give birth to a child with short-sighted vision


The Michel Pop Clinic thanks you taking the time to take the test. Congratulating you for your knowledge and hopes that we helped you learn a little more!