Myths and Realities: Demystifying Vision Health

Our eyes provide a large share of the information needed to interpret and engage with our world. It is understandable that such a highly valued sense inspires urban legends and cautionary tales. While much is known about these two amazing organs, myths still should be put to rest. Today, we embark on a journey to unravel these misconceptions and reveal the truths behind vision health.

Myth 1: Wearing contact lenses is unsafe and can lead to eye infections.

Reality: While improper use of contact lenses can increase the risk of eye infections, contact lenses are a safe and effective vision correction option when worn and cared for correctly. Just follow proper hygiene practices, such as washing hands before handling lenses and following the recommended wearing schedule provided by your eye care professional. Additionally, using appropriate lens solutions and replacing lenses as directed can help minimize the risk of infections and ensure comfortable and clear vision.

Myth 2: Staring at a screen for too long will permanently damage your eyes.

Reality: While prolonged screen time can cause eye strain and discomfort, it doesn’t lead to permanent damage. However, to alleviate strain, simply practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Myth 3: Rubbing your eyes can improve vision.

Reality: Rubbing your eyes may provide momentary relief from fatigue or itching, but it can also worsen irritation and introduce bacteria to your eyes, leading to infections. It’s best to avoid rubbing your eyes and seek proper care if they feel irritated.

Myth 4: Wearing glasses makes your eyes dependent on them.

Reality: Glasses don’t weaken your eyes; they correct refractive errors and provide clearer vision. Neglecting to wear glasses when needed can strain your eyes and worsen vision over time. Glasses are a tool to support vision, not a crutch.

Myth 5: Only people with poor vision need regular eye exams.

Reality: Eye exams are crucial for everyone, regardless of their vision quality. Eye exams can detect early signs of eye diseases, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, which may not have noticeable symptoms in the early stages.

Myth 6: Laser eye surgery gives you perfect vision for life.

Reality: While laser eye surgery can correct refractive errors and reduce the need for glasses or contacts, it doesn’t guarantee perfect vision forever. Factors such as age-related changes affect long-term outcomes.

Myth 7: Vision loss is an inevitable part of aging.

Reality: While the risk of certain eye conditions increases with age, vision loss is not inevitable. Many age-related eye diseases can be managed with proper care, allowing individuals to maintain good vision and quality of life as they age.

At IRIS, we prioritize evidence-based practices and personalized care to support your vision health journey. From comprehensive eye exams to specialized treatments, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain optimal vision for life. Don’t let myths cloud your understanding of vision health—schedule an eye exam with us today and see the world with clarity and confidence.


Did you know CARP members receive exclusive offers at IRIS?

  • $150 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of eyeglasses or sunglasses including a frame (such as custom tailored Topology frames) and a pair of fully coated prescription lenses (lens value minimum value of $250)
  • $50 IRIS CertificateRedeemable towards the purchase of a pair of fully coated progressive lenses for your current frames (minimum value of $250)
  • $25 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of a pair of fully coated single vision lenses for your current frames (minimum value of $250)
  • $50 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of non-prescription sunglasses valued at $100 or more.
  • $50 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of annual supply of contact lenses.
  • $250 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable for laser eye surgery both eyes or $250 per eye for specific intraocular lens replacement. (Available at our Ophthalmology Clinic in Laval, Quebec only)

Register with CARP and receive your IRIS Benefits. Visit www.carp.ca.