We may have the answer to your questions about vision and eyesight if you forget to ask during your annual eye exam. We have listed some common questions and misconceptions below. Q. Will reading in darkness damage my eyes? A: The dark won't cause any eye damage. Although it may be more difficult to see in the dark and you might feel fatigued, this won't cause any lasting damage. Turning on a light can help you feel more comfortable. Q. Can you see if I have Diabetes just by looking at me? A: Although we cannot diagnose Diabetes from the results of an eye exam, we can detect signs and symptoms when Diabetes is present. These cases may include bleeding, fluid buildup, and changes in blood vessels. Your optometrist will be able to detect signs of systemic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and anemia during your comprehensive eye exam. Q. Will carrots help my vision? A: No matter how many carrots are consumed, they won't improve your vision or alter your prescription. Carrots are rich in vitamins that are vital for maintaining the health of your eyes. Beta-carotene is found in carrots, which the body converts into Vitamin A. Other important vegetables for eye health include spinach, turnip greens and collards, peas, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, turnip, corn, and peas. You should also wear sunglasses that provide both UV protection and polarization. Q. Is I a LASIK Candidat? A: There are many factors to consider before undergoing LASIK surgery to correct vision. These include your age, stability and prescription amount, and any eye conditions that may put you at high risk for poor outcomes. These are all things that should be discussed with your optometrist. Many LASIK centers offer free consultations. However, they will need to see your last comprehensive eye exam. These consultations also include additional measurements to ensure the procedure is safe for your cornea. Talk to us about the next steps in determining whether you are a suitable candidate. Q. Will my eyes get weaker if I wear my glasses? A: No! Research shows that correcting your prescription does not result in a decrease in vision. People often notice that their vision looks worse than they can see through new glasses. Blur isn't something the brain likes, but it will accept it if it doesn't see better. Wearing the correct correction can reduce eye strain, headaches, and fatigue caused by an underperforming visual system. Q. Do cataracts run in the family? A: Cataracts are usually a normal part of aging. Everyone will experience cataract changes at some point in their lives. Usually, they become visually significant in our 60s and 70s. However, this can happen earlier or later in life. Due to genetic conditions, very early cataract formation may be a common trait in the family. Early eye exams are important at ages 1, 3, and 5. Certain medications or systemic diseases can also cause early cataract formation. This is why we take a detailed systemic history and want to know about all medications and supplements that you are taking. Q: Do blue light glasses work? A: Glasses with blue light filters block the emission of blue light from devices. The blue light emitted from devices' screens will not affect your retina. Blue light can affect your circadian rhythm. Too much blue light can cause fatigue and disrupt your ability to restful sleep. If you feel tired or have eye strain from computer work, we recommend you consult us before buying any blue light glasses. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), a condition affecting computer users' vision, can be caused by many factors. There are many ways to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable.