Does reading in the affect your eye sight

Does Reading in Dark Affect Your Eye Sight?

During my childhood, I used to get caught reading in the low light or using the torch under my bedsheet late night and my mom used to tell me not to read in low light as it will strain my eyes and will affect my eyesight. It used to be fun reading books under the covers. So does reading in dark affect your eye sight?

Reading Book in the dark

According to most eye specialists, it won’t cause enduring harm. For most people, their vision weakens over time. Another factor to consider is your family history. Yet, while reading in low light won’t cause a decrease in vision, it can prompt eye strain.


The Basics

Let’s go over the basics first. Short-sightedness or myopia means that an individual can see things that are close up without any issue, but objects that are a bit far might look blurry. Richard Gans, an ophthalmologist with the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute says that “Dim light might make it difficult for the eyes to focus, which can cause short-term eye fatigue But there is no scientific evidence that reading in the dark does any long-term harm to your eyes”

Challenging visual work, like reading in low light can lead to short term drying of eyes as you don’t blink that often. For instance, when you read for a prolonged period, remember to blink. Blinking will help moisten and refresh your eyes. So, when you are reading try to blink more often in order to keep your eyes from drying out. You might experience some symptoms of eye strain include headaches, tired eyes, itchy eyes, blurred vision.

Reading book in low light

The Bottom Line:

Conclusion:
Reading in low light is challenging visual work and your eyes can get weak when overworked, just like any other muscle. If you are experiencing eye strain while reading in low light, you should probably get your lazy self up and switch that lamp on. So, the bottom line is that you won’t harm your eyes when you are reading in the dark, but it might cause eye strain.

Reading in low light is challenging visual work and your eyes can get weak when overworked, just like any other muscle. If you are experiencing eye strain while reading in low light, you should probably get your lazy self up and switch that lamp on. So, the bottom line is that you won’t harm your eyes when you are reading in the dark, but it might cause eye strain.

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