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Many times, adults say a lot of things to get children to behave. Children also tell each other the most wonderful things. A lot of the things we have heard about the eyes are not scientifically true. We’ve compiled some to share with your child.

  1. Babies are born with their eyes fully grown.

Actually, they are born with eyes approximately two-thirds of the adult size and the eyes to full size will grow in two phases; the first few years after birth and during puberty.

  1. Eating carrots will improve your vision.

While carrots are rich in Vitamin A and very healthy, they can help you maintain good vision but not improve it by much. Also, milk, cheese, egg yolk, and dark, leafy green vegetables are good sources of Vitamin A. So, you could be getting your Vitamin A requirements from them as well.

  1. It is really okay to look at the sun.

Your retina can be damaged permanently if you stare at the sun for even a short time without the right eye protection. You need special glasses for this, not ordinary sunglasses. The glasses must have special-purpose solar filters that meet ISO 12312-2 standard.

  1. If you cross your eyes, they’ll get stuck that way.

Your eyes don’t get stuck when you look left or right, crossing the is just one more way they can move. Crossed eyes are a condition that can result from uncorrected vision issues, disease or muscle or nerve damage

  1. Reading in dim light damages your eyes.

It can cause eye strain and headaches, but not permanent eye damage. But who wants strained eyes or headaches? Reading in good light is good practice.

  1. Only boys can be colour-blind.

Females can develop or inherit colour blindness as well. But it is more common in males.

  1. Colour-blind people only see in black and white.

Most of them see partial colour. The most common challenge is distinguishing between greens and reds.

  1. Sitting close to the TV can damage the eyes.

Children are more capable of seeing things that are near and stay close to the TV because they are focused on it. It will not damage their eyes but can cause eye strain or a headache. However, if the child habitually goes in front, it might be a sign of nearsightedness, so a check-up would be a good idea.

  1. Eyes can be transplanted.

Doctors haven’t figured how to transplant whole eyes yet because of the complex connection between the eyes and the brain, but ophthalmologists can transplant the cornea, which is the clear front part of the eyes.

  1. All eye doctors are the same.

Optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians play different roles and have undergone different types of training, so their expertise is different. Ophthalmologists can practice both medicine and surgery. Optometrists can run eye tests and prescribe lenses and medicine. Opticians can prepare, adapt and fit the eyeglasses or contact lenses prescription written by the ophthalmologist or optometrist.

  1. Eyeglasses spoil the eyes.

Eyeglasses only help light get to the back of the eyes, they do not spoil the eyes. Vision might appear blurry when the glasses are taken off because the eyes were at rest when the glasses were on. Once they are taken off, the eyes strain themselves to get clearer vision.

  1. Eyeglasses make your eyes go inside.

They do not. You are just used to seeing the faces of eyeglasses wearers on a flat plane. So, when they take off the glasses, their eyes appear deeper than usual.


There you have it, eyes can’t be transplanted and colour-blind people don’t see only in black and white. What other eye myths have you heard? We’d like to hear them. You can also contact us for more information on eye issues concerning children.