Saturday, July 25, 2009

Eye Myths

Debunking the Myths:

Myth #1 - Brown is the most common eye color.

Untrue! Contrary to popular belief, black is a real eye color and most of the world's population has black colored eyes. Asians and Africans do as well as many from their shoot-off races. Brown eyes are visible in color, solid with golden or red specks (remaining solid) and originated in Europe with the white race. For anyone other than European to have brown eyes, they must have European admixture in their ancestry.

Myth #2 - Only white people can have blue eyes.

Untrue! There are many Africans and Asians with blue eyes. (See pictures under "blue eyes".) They appear to be fully black or Asian with bright blue eyes. There are entire tribes in Africa and South America with black skin, blond hair and blue eyes. Many argue this is a natural occurance in these people. I believe, from my study, that it's due to European admixture in their ancestry.

Myth #3 - Blue eyes see better than brown eyes.

Quite the contrary. Brown eyes see better at night and at a distance than blue eyes. However, blue eyes tend to see colors better than brown eyes.

Myth #4 - Wearing glasses all the time will make you dependent upon them.

Wearing glasses constantly will not make you dependent upon them. Refractive errors may increase with time but that is not due to wearing glasses. It may be just a natural occurance with age.

Myth #5 - There are no such thing as black eyes.

There certainly are black eyes, and they are the world's most common eye color. Asians and Africans possess this beautiful color.

Myth #6 - Reading in dim light causing poor vision.

Untrue! It could cause temporary eyes strain that is completely reversed after your eyes are rested.

Myth # 7 - Eating carrots will increase your vision.

This is based upon Vitamin A in carrots. Your source doesn't have to be carrots per se. It could be any source of Vitamin A. However, too much could cause damage.

Myth #8 - Sitting too close to the TV or computer screen could cause eye damage.

Untrue! Neither has been known to cause any eye damage.

Myth #9 - Looking at a total eclipse of the sun is safe with protective devices.

Untrue! You should never, ever look directly at an eclipse or the sun itself. That could cause eye damage.

Myth #10 - There's nothing you could do to prevent vision loss.

Maybe not a few centuries ago but certainly now there is. See a doctor whether you're having problems or not. You should have a yearly exam as a preventative measure. You would be surprised at how much could be avoided with proper care.


  1. I took the time this morning to read all the blog entries. Great info!

  2. I have blue eyes and I see fine at a distance!!

  3. Brown eyes RULE, ROCK & ROLL! See better at night and a distance! Yep! That's it. And look really good, too.