Reading Myths Debunked

Trying to get through your book list, but having trouble with the small print? Or getting a headache from reading in the dark?

Below are some of the most common myths related to reading and vision.

Last Updated: March 18, 2023

Myth 1

Reading in low light or in the dark will weaken your eyesight

When we’re young we’re told not to read in the dark because it will damage our eyes. Well, for those of us that used to hide under the blankets with a flashlight, it may have caused minor eye strain, but no permanent damage.

Myth 2

Reading while wearing glasses will make your eyes more dependent on them

Because you’re getting used to seeing more clearly while wearing eyeglasses or contacts, it may make your vision seem worse when you’re not wearing them. But rest assured, it has no negative effect on your eyesight.

Myth 3

Reading in direct sunlight can be dangerous

Any activity done in the sunlight can cause UV damage. Be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

Myth 4

Reading smaller print can damage your eyes or wear them out

Though reading in a fine print may cause eye strain, there is no evidence that doing so will damage the eyes. If eye strain’s got you down, try purchasing books with larger print, or using a digital tool, such as a tablet or e-reader that allows you to change the font size. (But if you are reading on a digital device, make sure you’re following the 20-20-20 rule for screen use!)

Now that you know the truth behind the book, it’s time to carry on with some of your favourite literature. If your struggles with reading or other vision issues persist, book an appointment with your optometrist to have your eyes examined.