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5 Common Vision Myths Debunked

Passed down through generations, there are plenty of myths about eyes that cause confusion. Here at our independent opticians in Cobham, we feel it’s important to set the record straight. Let’s take a look at the vision myths we get asked about most often:

Wearing Glasses or Contact Lenses Will Weaken Your Eyes

Glasses and contacts bend light in the direction of the retina, improving vision and reducing the need to squint. It’s normal to feel dependent on your lenses, but they’re not weakening your vision – you just get used to seeing more clearly with them.

A Child Won't Have Poor Vision If Both Parents Don't

Some eye issues have been linked to genetics but, being blessed with 20/20 vision is unfortunately no guarantee for your kids. It’s difficult to tell when children are struggling with sight, which is why regular check-ups are essential. Not sure if your youngest has inherited your best genes? Children are welcome to join us for an eye test in Cobham.

You Don't Need Regular Eye Exams If You Don't Have Any Problems with Your Vision

Your eyeballs are an unusual part of your body as they don’t have any pain sensors. This often means that you can’t feel when something isn’t quite right with them. Most eye conditions are best treated early, so regular eye examinations are wise, even when your eyesight appears crystal clear.

Staring At Screens for Too Long Will Damage Your Eyesight

Staring at digital screens hasn’t been proven to cause vision damage, but it can definitely contribute to the dry, itchy, irritated eyes associated with digital eye strain. So, remember to take regular screen breaks and practise the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, stare at something 20 metres away for 20 seconds.

Eating Carrots Will Improve Your Vision


Every parent’s favourite dinner-time legend, carrots don’t actually improve your vision. However, the vitamin A found in carrots, which is also found in dark leafy greens and fresh fruits, is an important nutrient for supporting your overall eye health.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions or concerns about your eye health or you’d like to book an eye examination, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly staff at our opticians in Cobham, Surrey would be more than happy to help!

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