According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), these are the myths surrounding children’s vision.
1). Blue light from TVs, computers, and tablets poses a threat for young eyes
Now more than ever, children spend more time on devices emitting blue light. Plus, with all the buzz surrounding blue light “blocking” glasses, parents might be concerned about blue light safety exposure. In reality, kids receive more blue light exposure from the sun than phones or tablets. Just remember your kids follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a break every 20 minutes and focus on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds (source).
2). Visual loss only strikes older adults
Children of any age can experience visual loss or blindness. Conditions such as amblyopia or strabismus can steal sight if not treated. Thought rare, more serious issues like glaucoma or retinoblastoma can affect children (source).
3). Farsighted children always require glasses
According to the AAO, this isn’t always the case, and is something that’s fairly common. In fact, children need to exercise their eye muscles so they can see clearly both near and far. However, corrective eyewear is recommended if one eye is significantly more farsighted than the other, or if their vision blurs too much and causes strabismus (source).
4). Only young children can get pink eye.
Not so! Both teens and adults can still get the annoying affliction, regardless of age. While it is true younger children are more at risk due to poor hygiene skills and their willingness to share everything (including germs), adults aren’t immune. One of the major reasons? Sleeping in contacts (source).
5). Antibiotics are the only thing that can cure pink eye.
Most cases of conjunctivitis in children are viral-and viral cases will clear up on their own. Only if a child has a severe bacterial pink eye infection will he or she require antibiotics (source).
6). Vision exams and vision screenings are the same
Vision screenings should be done regularly, and they can occur in school settings or at a pediatrician’s office. If your child exhibits signs of more serious eye problems, they will be referred to an ophthalmologist for a complete (and more thorough) eye exam (source).
7). Sunlight is harmful to eyes
While we all know not to stare at the sun, studies suggest exposure to sunlight supports healthy development for eye growth. However, arm children with proper UV-blocking sunlight attire before letting them play outside (source).