MYTH OR MISSUS?

These days there's a lot of talk about the Easter bunny. I know, I know... it's that time of year. And while some people are talking about world politics and water shortages, there are people who actually spend their time debating about whether the Easter bunny exists. Is he real? Is he a myth? Is he even a he?

Well, I don't have much to say on the subject. But it does remind me of all those crazy myths relating to people's eyes. Like I always say, I'm just an old pair of glasses so what do I know? But here are some eye myths that always make me laugh...

Watching TV will give kids square eyes. Yeah. I know a lot of parents who say a lot of things to their kids to get them to do what they want. And this one is a classic... don't watch too much TV or your eyes will go square. Do I need to point out that this one's a myth? On the subject, sitting too close to the TV won't actually damage your vision. It might give you one serious headache, but that's about it.

Same thing about reading in the dark. Sure, it might strain your eyes and you could find yourself with another headache. But your vision won't actually be affected if you read in the dark. So next time your husband doesn't want to see a foreign movie because he says reading subtitles will damage his eyes, you go ahead and set him straight.

Here's another winner: People with weak eyes shouldn't read fine print. If your eyes are already weak, focusing on fine details won't make them weaker. So if you use this excuse to ignore fine print on a contract and you end up signing your life away, don't come running to me.

Some people worry that wearing the wrong kind of glasses will damage their eyes. Well, experts say the right glasses are a tool that'll help your eyes. But wearing the wrong ones for a few minutes won't do any harm. I mean, we've all seen a whole table of restaurant diners sharing a single pair of glasses. (You know who you are...)

Young kids shouldn't be wearing other people's glasses, but if you're an old timer like me it doesn't make a difference if you borrow someone else's reading specs now and then.

So there you go. A bit of mythbusting from a non-expert. But don't take my word for it... if you don't believe me, go ahead and check with your eye care professional.

And by the way, the one about carrots being good for your eyes? Absolutely true. Yip. Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision. So there you go.

Hmm. I wonder if the Easter bunny has good eyes from all the carrots. If I ever meet him/her, I'll be sure to ask.

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