Kids Vision Fact Or Fiction


Kids Vision – Fact Or Fiction


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Sitting too close to the TV can damage your eyesight

This is a saying which is so old I can still remember my Grandmother saying it. The fact is, kids can focus on a close item far better than adults can without causing any eye strain. For this reason many children get into the habit of sitting very close to the TV screen and/or holding reading material very close to their eyes.



According to The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) this is normal behaviour for a child, but may also be signs of nearsightedness.


If you cross your eyes and the wind changes they will stay that way

This one is a classic old saying but once again it is just an old wives tale – Your eyes will not stay in the crossed position.



If your child is constantly crossing one eye it could be a sign of visual problems so schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist.


If the parents have poor eyesight then the kids will also have poor eyesight

This one may be true – If the parents need to use glasses to correct their vision or have developed any eye conditions like cataracts it is possible for the kids to inherit the same trait.



Take a look at your family vision history; if you are concerned have a chat with your doctor about preventative treatments.


Eating carrots may improve your vision

This statement is actually based in fact – Carrots contain vitamin A which is essential for good vision.



Many other foods also contain vitamin A such as apricots, nectarines, asparagus and milk, so eating a well balanced diet is a far better option to provide the essential vitamin A than just eating carrots.


Sitting in front of the computer for too long can damage the eyes

According to The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) extended periods in front of the computer screen will not damage your eyes.

Although, when looking at a computer screen, reading, or doing other close work for long periods of time your eyes tend to blink less frequently. This can make the eyes dry and uncomfortable.



Take frequent breaks when using the computer, reading or doing any other form of close work.


If both parents have blue eyes they cannot produce a brown eyed child

For years people believed this old wives tale, but alas, it just isn’t true. Although quite rare, two blue eyed parents can have a brown eyed child and two brown eyed parents can have a blue eyed child.


Color blindness is a male only condition

The fact is that around 8% of boys will have some degree of color blindness and only one percent of girls.


Children are born with their eyes already full size

Children are not born with full sized eyes. The eyes will continue to grow as your child develops. This is one of the reasons that we must change our children’s eye glass prescriptions frequently during childhood.


Wearing glasses too much can make your eyes “glasses dependent”

Vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism change as children grow. This can be caused by many different variables but is generally due to genetics. Whether you start wearing glasses early or late or wear them constantly or rarely will not change this.



Wearing glasses will not make your eyes get worse.