DOES SITTING TOO CLOSE TO THE TELEVISION RUIN YOUR VISION?

Debunking Common Myths about Children and Vision –Ask the doctor at the Free Vision Screening for adults and children on February 25, 2011 from 10 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in Lake Ariel.


DOES SITTING TOO CLOSE TO THE TELEVISION RUIN YOUR VISION?
Debunking Common Myths about Children and Vision –Ask the doctor at the Free Vision Screening for adults and children on February 25, 2011 from 10 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in Lake Ariel.

Lake Ariel, 2/1/2011 – Mother always said eat your carrots and don’t sit too close to the TV. The former is supposed to help your vision, the latter to hinder your vision. “Many myths surround children and vision,” explains Dr. James Tickner from Family First Vision Center. “Here are some common myths along with what is the truth.”

Myth: My baby’s eyes are fine. There is no need to take him to the optometrist.
Truth: Just as you take your baby to the pediatrician for well-baby exams, you should also schedule a thorough eye exam with an optometrist at about age six months.

Myth: Eating carrots will improve your vision.
Truth: Carrots do contain nutritional value by supplying the provitamin A beta-carotene which is essential for night vision. However, spinach and other dark, leafy greens prove to be the healthiest foods for eyes because they naturally contain large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.

Myth: Computer use can damage the eyes.
Truth: Children can experience many of the same symptoms related to computer use as adults. Extensive viewing of the computer screen can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches.

Myth: Sitting too close to the television will ruin your eyesight.
Truth: Parents have been telling children this for years. The truth is sitting too close may cause eye strain, however, it doesn’t cause physical damage to the eye or eye sight. However, if your child is sitting close to the television because he cannot see as well when he scoot’s back, it could be a sign that he has an undetected vision problem.

Myth: If my child wears glasses all the time, his eyes will get worse.
Truth: Children should wear their eyeglasses as prescribed by their doctor of optometry.  When wearing eyeglasses, vision is usually clearer.  Once a child becomes accustomed to clear vision, the blurry vision that occurs when glasses are removed may appear worse.

“Another truth is that children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life – academically, socially and athletically,” said Dr. Tickner. A free vision screening can break down these barriers and help enable children to reach their highest potential.
Although a vision screening is not a replacement for a good comprehensive eye exam, it is a good start. Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems, so your child can learn to see clearly.
Optometrist Dr. James Tickner has been serving the local communities in Northeast Pennsylvania for over 10 years. His office is located on Rt 191 in Lake Ariel, 1315 Lake Ariel Highway, (570) 698-4140. Dr. Tickner will also respond to emails at FamilyFirstVision@yahoo.com.