For people who enjoy reading, it is kind of addictive. You can’t help but read all day and all night, and you wish there were more than 24 hours in a day so you could read even more every day. Even if it is an addiction, it is undoubtedly the most satisfying one. However, people will always tell you that too much of a good thing can be harmful. In this case, they will tell you that reading will impact your eye sight.
No wonder it is an activity involving constant visual focus. And for centuries, media and pop culture has depicted bookworms as nerds sporting cheap prescription glasses with the thickest lenses possible.
But is there any truth to it?
Marvel Optics sets on to explore some more and find out the reality behind yet another vision related myth. First, let us give you a brief answer to the question and that is a clear ‘No’.
Excessive reading is not harmful for your eyes, not anymore than excessively looking at the same point for an extended period of time.
It Has More to Do with How You Read
Your reading habits are about more than just how much time you spend drowned in books. It involves your reading posture, the distance from the book or device, nature of the device, as well as the light under which you read.
One of the biggest reason people develop sight related issues is because they rarely blink while reading. It is a condition similar to digital vision as it is depriving your eye from rest and muscle movement it needs from time to time. The fact that the book or device is close to your eyes also makes it difficult to focus on objects that are further away. However, this may only be a temporary issue. If you are spending four or five hours staring at a book just a few inches away from your eyes, hands of the clock are likely to look blurry for quite a while despite wearing your prescription eyeglasses. Similarly, if you are reading in dim light, you will experience difficulty adjusting your vision to brighter light.
So, make sure you give your eyes brief breaks between the chapters. Blink wear bifocal glasses of you are both nearsighted and farsighted. And if you don’t want to put the book down and go out for glasses shopping, log on to our website and get your cheap eyeglasses online.