An ophthalmologist and optometrist debunk biggest vision myths

Ophthalmologist Rupa Wong (@drrupawong) and optometrist Jenifer Bossert join us to debunk 15 myths about our vision and eye health. They debunk the popular myths about how carrots improve your eyesight and reading in the dark damages your vision. They also discuss the safety of LASIK eye surgery and the best practices for contact use. Wong is a board-certified ophthalmologist at the Honolulu Eye Clinic, with a specialty in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Read more about her work here: Bossert is an optometrist at the Honolulu Eye Clinic with nearly 30 years of experience. She specializes in contact lenses. Read more about her work here: Both Wong and Bossert are fully vaccinated and following CDC guidelines stating vaccinated individuals can be unmasked around each other. Resources: The American Academy of Ophthalmology The American Academy of Optometry The American Optometric Association The American Journal of Ophthalmology 0:00 Introduction 1:02 Reading in the dark or while lying down will damage your vision 1:38 Eating carrots will improve your eyesight 2:45 Wearing someone else's glasses will ruin your vision 3:37 Sitting too close to the TV is bad for your eyesight 4:28 If you cross your eyes, they'll stay that way 5:30 Squinting is bad for your eyes 5:58 You will become dependent on your glasses if you wear them too much 6:31 You can't wear your contact lenses if you have a stigmatism 7:54 Staring at a screen all day will make your eyesight worse 9:07 Only people with bad eyesight need eye exams 9:59 You won't get glaucoma if you have perfect vision 11:05 It's okay to go swimming or take a shower in contact lenses 12:20 Stress causes eye floaters 13:00 LASIK surgery is not safe 14:01 Styes are contagious