By Amanda GreeneLearn how to keep your vision strong
March is National Save Your Vision Month, which is a good reminder not to take healthy eyesight for granted. “When you’re seeing well and have no irritation, it’s easy to forget about going to the eye doctor,” says Pamela Lowe, OD, FAAO. But preventing eye disease is so important—often, if you wait until you notice a problem, it can be too late. Luckily, there are plenty of simple things you can do each day to keep your sight in tip-top shape...
Dim light might make it difficult for the eyes to focus, which can cause
short-term eye fatigue, says Richard Gans, MD, FACS, an ophthalmologist with
the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. "But there is no scientific evidence
that reading in the dark does any long-term harm to your eyes," Gans says.
Challenging visual work, such as reading in insufficient light, can also
lead to short-term drying of eyes because you blink less often, Gans adds.
Again, this is uncomfortable, but it doesn’t damage the structure or function
of the eyes. You can use over-the-counter lubricating drops if dry eyes are a
On the off chance that your next question is going to be, "What about
sitting too close to the TV?" we have the same answer. Getting too close to the
set for your favorite shows won’t harm your eyes -- "either from overfocusing
or from radiation," Gans says.