Despite the effects of a global pandemic, western North Carolina continues to grow rapidly. Tens of thousands of new residents call Asheville home each year, and Buncombe County has nearly doubled in population since 1990. The influx of new people to the area shows no signs of slowing down. Asheville also welcomes millions of tourists annually. We can only assume it’s because there’s so much to see, including:
- The mile-high mountains that seem to rise out of the city skyline.
- The vast vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- The incredible number of hiking and mountain biking areas.
- The hundreds of waterfalls throughout the region.
- The many world-class restaurants and eclectic shops for which the city is known.
- The emphasis on exceptional art and music.
There is certainly a lot to see in our area. Whatever it is that you brought, we are glad you have chosen to make Asheville your home. Asheville Vision and Wellness has been in western North Carolina as trusted eye care professionals for 30 years. Over the course of three decades, you can imagine we have fielded a lot of questions. Many people ask about common eye and vision-related myths. Here are a few of the most common myths about vision and eye health.
Myths About Vision and Eye Care
- Myth: Babies are born with full-size eyes. A child’s eyes continue growing through puberty.
- Myth: If you cross your eyes too often, they will get stuck. Your eyes will not get stuck from crossing them.
- Myth: Eating carrots will improve your vision. While eating carrots will not make your vision improve, foods rich in vitamin A will help maintain your eyesight.
- Myth: Sitting too close to the television will hurt your eyesight. Sitting too close to the television will not damage your vision. However, a child who habitually watches television from up close may need vision correction.
- Myth: Using glasses or contacts will make your vision worse. It is actually quite the opposite; not wearing your corrective lenses could damage your vision.
- Myth: Your vision will deteriorate as you age – it’s unavoidable. While it is possible your vision will change over time, poor vision is not inevitable. If you experience changes in your eyesight, it is important to speak with your optometrist. Some signs you should schedule an eye appointment right away include:
- Blurred vision at any time
- Difficulty driving at night
- Frequent redness, dryness, or pain in your eyes
- Decreased ability to see things up close or far away
- Seeing spots or lights in eyes
- Blind spots
The team at Asheville Vision and Wellness is here to help answer your questions about how to best care for your eyes. There are many myths about your eyes but want to make sure you know the truth about how to protect your eyesight. We will identify areas in which you can better maintain your vision and continue seeing our beautiful area for many years to come. Contact Asheville Vision and Wellness to schedule an appointment and start caring for your eyes the best way possible.