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Eating carrots will improve your sight

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Eating carrots will improve your sight

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Carrots are rich in vitamin A, a nutrient essential for good vision. Eating carrots will provide you with the small amount of vitamin A needed for good vision, but vitamin A isn't limited to carrots; it can also be found in milk, cheese, egg yolk and liver.

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Sitting too close to the TV will damage your vision

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Sitting too close to the TV will damage your vision

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Sitting closer than necessary to the television may give you a headache, but it will not damage your vision.

Reading in the dark will weaken your eyesight

Reading in the dark will weaken your eyesight

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As with sitting too close to the television, you may get a headache from reading in the dark, but it will not weaken your sight.

Using glasses or contacts will weaken my eyesight, and my eyes will eventually become dependent on them

Using glasses or contacts will weaken my eyesight, and my eyes will eventually become dependent on them

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Your eyes will not grow weaker as a result of using corrective lenses. Your prescription may change over time due to ageing or the presence of disease, but it is not because of your current prescription.

Children with squint eyes can be treated

Children with squint eyes can be treated

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Children are not able to outgrow strabismus (squint) on their own, but with help it can be easily corrected at a young age. That's why it is important for children to have an eye examination early, first when they are babies and then again by age 2.

There's nothing you can do to prevent vision loss

There's nothing you can do to prevent vision loss

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At the very first signs of vision loss, such as blurred vision or flashes of light, you should seek medical advice. If detected early enough, depending on the cause, there are treatments that can correct, stop, or slow down the loss of vision

Using a nightlight in your child's room will contribute to shortsightedness

Using a nightlight in your child's room will contribute to shortsightedness

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It has been thought that using a nightlight in your child's bedroom may contribute to shortsightedness, however there is not enough evidence to support this claim. Keeping a nightlight on in your baby's room may actually help them learn to focus and develop important eye coordination skills when they are awake.

Looking straight at the sun will damage your sight

Looking straight at the sun will damage your sight

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Looking at the sun may not only cause headache and distort your vision temporarily but it can also cause permanent eye damage. Any exposure to sunlight adds to the cumulative effects of ultraviolet radiation on your eyes. UV exposure has been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis and corneal dystrophies.

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