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Have you heard that you can get seven years of bad luck if you look into a broken mirror? What about throwing salt behind your back prevents evil spirits from coming around you? Or if you step over someone’s outstretched legs, it means they will become short?

These are myths that you might have heard from your parents or those around you. It is also important to know that there are also eye myths that you might have believed to be true. Technology had made information more accessible to people around the world. However, a lot of non-medical personnel are also giving eye information not based on factual study, just mere opinion. The sad thing is that most of their opinions are the opposite of what you should know to protect your eyes.

Here are five myths concerning your eyes:

Eyeglasses or contact lenses weaken your eyes.

This is a myth that discourages many people who need eyeglasses from wearing them. There is no evidence to prove that the eyesight worsens because of eyeglasses or contact lens usage. They assist and even improve your vision.

Carrots for better vision.

Eating carrots is good for your health. However, while carrot has beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which is good for your eyes, it cannot heal the eyes if damaged. At best, it can maintain the current health of the eyes. Also, beta-carotene does not convert automatically to vitamin A, other nutrients and factors determine if this happens. But overall, carrot is good for your health.

Eye damage from staying too close to the television.

This can hurt or strain your eyes but not damage them as you might have heard. Strains are often uncomfortable and nobody wants this, so don’t sit too close to the television but know that it will not cause eye damage. The same goes for reading in the dark.

Squinting damages your vision.

This is a myth; it doesn’t damage your eyes but shows that you might need glasses or other eye remedies.

Vision problems can be corrected but not detected.

It may sound funny to you, but many people believe that most vision problems cannot be detected early and thus prevented. People accept certain vision loss as part and parcel of their heritage or as the effect of ageing. But when you have regular eye checkups, your doctor will detect any eye problem before it happens or gets worst. And go even further than just diagnosis to prevent or mitigate the severity.

Some of these myths are harmless, while others cause more serious consequences if adhered to.

If you need help with your eyes or have any health challenges, seek help from medical professionals to avoid serious health complications.