Eye Health: 8 Common Myths About Glasses

Ok, brace yourself: We have some fun facts that are going to blow your mind. You know fortune cookies? Apparently, they didn’t come from China, even though you can find them at pretty much any Chinese food restaurant in the country. It was actually the Japanese who brought them to the U.S. And remember George Washington’s little incident with the cherry tree? That whole story was invented by a biographer in the 1800s. 

Sometimes we hear information repeated so often, we accept it as truth. When it comes to your eye health, though, you can’t afford to take every rumor at face value. It’s important to stay informed on what will actually keep your eyes healthy and comfortable, and not just rely on hearsay or myths. 

To clear up some misconceptions about eyeglasses, we’ve put together a list of the most common myths that surround them: 

Myth #1: Can wearing eyeglasses makes you dependent on them?

No. Your glasses will not make your eyesight worse. When you feel like you need to wear your glasses more frequently, you’re just getting used to your improved vision.  

Myth #2: Can wearing the wrong glasses prescription damage your eyes?

If you wear someone else’s glasses, it just means that you won’t see as clearly as you would with the proper prescription. But it will probably give you a headache and make you dizzy if you wear the wrong glasses prescription for too long. 

Myth #3: Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from the sun. 

No. Just because sunglasses have dark shading doesn’t mean they’ll keep your eyes safe. UV-blocking agents help block the sun’s harmful rays, so even clear prescription lenses with UV-blocking agents can adequately protect your eyes. When you buy sunglasses, make sure they have the proper UV protection, not just dark shading. 

Myth #4: Will eye exercises keep you from needing glasses?

The quality of your vision depends on the shape of your eyes, the health of your eye tissues and lots of other factors. While eye exercises may have some benefit, even if you do them, you may still need glasses or corrective lenses. 

Myth #5: Taking a break from wearing your glasses is good for your eyes and allows them to rest. 

No. Glasses won’t weaken your vision or cause any eye problems. If you take a break from wearing them, you’ll simply strain your eyes and tire them out faster. Like we mentioned in Myth #1, wearing glasses doesn’t make your eyes dependent on them. If you are prescribed glasses, just use them.

Myth #6: Can wearing poorly fit glasses will damage your eyes? 

No. Glasses that aren’t fit perfectly to your face won’t hurt your vision; they just need to be adjusted for better comfort and clearer vision. In some cases, your prescription is designed specifically for how your glasses will position on your face. So, keep them adjusted properly. If you have questions about adjusting your glasses, contact your local VSP eye doctor.

Myth #7: Eating lots of carrots will make you not need glasses. 

No. It’s true that carrots contain Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes, but actually dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit are better. They can help protect the eyes from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, but they can’t prevent or fix problems like nearsightedness or farsightedness, which is what glasses are for. Plus, eating too many carrots can cause your skin to turn yellow. You don’t want that, do you? 

Myth #8: You don’t look good in eyeglasses. 

No! You don’t need to look far to find plenty of examples of how glasses add class and sophistication to someone’s look. 

So, next time you hear someone say they’re going to eat carrots so that they won’t need glasses, or that wearing glasses makes your eyesight worse over time, you can kindly educate them on the truth. Here at VSP Individual Vision Plans, we’re all about helping you have healthy eyes and clearer vision. Find a VSP vision insurance plan that provides the right eye care plan for your needs.

Disclaimer: Information received through VSP Vision Care's social media channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

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