Myopia Myths: Debunked

July 26th, 2017

Despite being such a common sight, there’s actually very little we know about myopia. In fact, science can’t come up with a definitive answer on what causes it. Even the Singapore National Eye Centre, can only state that short-sightedness is a complex disease that results from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. There’s quite possibly no simple and concrete answer to this riddle. That hasn’t stopped a myriad of old wives’ tales to spring in its place, causing many to act from misinformation. Just what about myopia is fact and which is just plain fiction? We’re here to bust some myths about myopia once and for all. False: Sitting too close to the television will harm your eyes An enduring piece of advice, but a myopia myth no less. Viewing the television from a close distance won’t damage eyes, but may cause eye strain. Unlike adults, children can focus at a close distance without straining their eyes, which is why most of them develop the habit of sitting right in front when they get a chance. False: Reading in dim light causes your eyesight to worsen Despite being touted as a universal truth, children who delight in reading under the covers under the torchlight will be happy to know that this is just a piece of fiction. While it does cause short-term eye fatigue, there’s no scientific evidence that it does long-term damage to your eyes. True: We inherit myopia Myopia isn’t hereditary like physical traits are, but it definitely plays a role in contributing to shortsightedness. According to SingHealth.com, a child is twice as likely to develop myopia if one parent is myopic and eight times more likely if both parents are. False: Wearing glasses makes myopia worse If your child has been prescribed glasses for shortsightedness, it’s better […]

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