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Debunking Common Eye Injury Myths

July 22, 2022 Pegalis Law Group

Debunking Common Eye Injury Myths for Eye Injury Awareness Month

July is Eye Injury Awareness Month, and Pegalis Law Group, LLC has decided to debunk some common eye injury myths to inform our clients and the public. Of the approximate one million eye injuries that occur in the United States per year, nearly 90% of them are avoidable. Be sure to wear protective eyewear at home and in the workplace to protect your eyes from potential harm.

Myth: Most Eye Injuries Occur to Men at Work.

While many eye injuries occur in the workplace (especially on construction sites and in warehouses), more than 40% of eye injuries are related to sports and recreational activities. Other common causes of eye injuries include fireworks, sun exposure, and house and garden-related injuries. Wearing safety goggles in the workplace is important, as is wearing protective eyewear while playing sports. Protective eyewear will not negatively impact your sports performance. It may actually help you play better with improved depth perception. Sunglasses with UV protection can prevent the sun’s UV rays from hurting your eyes while outdoors. For the ultimate protection, consider the type that wraps around your face. While eye injuries may be more common among men, be aware that they happen to women too.

Myth: Sitting Too Close to the TV Damages Your Eyes.

We’ve all been warned about sitting too close to the TV as children, but is there any truth behind these motherly words of wisdom? Sitting too close to the TV may make your eyes feel tired and give you a headache, but the same could be said about the computer and other electronic devices. However, there’s no concrete evidence that it harms your eyes. In fact, kids often sit closer to the TV because they tend to focus on close objects more naturally, making this a more comfortable seat for them.

Myth: Reading in the Dark Will Ruin Your Vision.

Another thing you’ve probably been warned about all your life is reading in dim light. Your eyes may have to work harder to allow you to read in the dark, but there’s no proof that it causes permanent damage to your eyes. Reading in the dark may cause fatigue or eyestrain, but it won’t cause vision loss or eye injury. However, good lighting makes it easier to see what you’re reading.

Myth: Wearing Glasses or Lenses Worsens Your Vision.

Wearing glasses or corrective lenses does not make your vision worse. However, once your vision begins to deteriorate, it’s not uncommon to receive higher vision prescriptions from your eye doctor over time. Many people experience problems with their vision as they age, regardless of whether they wore glasses or contacts when they were younger. Early detection and treatment are essential for excellent vision at every stage of life, so get those comprehensive eye exams from your eye doctor.

Myth: You Can’t Do Anything to Prevent Vision Loss as You Age.

Many adults experience vision issues as they age, ranging from macular degeneration to presbyopia, cataracts, and glaucoma. However, not everyone will lose their vision. A yearly comprehensive eye exam is in your best interest if you’re over 40. Identifying and treating eye issues early can help protect your eyesight for many years. Not every vision issue is untreatable or irreversible, so don’t hesitate to see your eye doctor. Procedures can correct many vision issues, including cataracts. Consult your doctor any time you notice changes in your vision, especially flashes of light, floaters, excessive dryness, or pain.

Public Safety & Awareness Advocates for Nearly 50 Years

Pegalis Law Group, LLC has represented clients with personal injury and medical malpractice cases for nearly 50 years. Our New York-based law firm is also committed to educating the public about being proactive about safety and healthcare issues. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional insights to keep you and your loved ones healthy and happy.