People have developed explanations, myths, and superstitions about vision problems for millennia. This lecture will reveal the true causes of vision problems, answering such questions as, “Why am I nearsighted?” and “Why do my parents need reading glasses?” Other topics explored include: “Are carrots really good for my eyes?”; “Is it bad to read in the dark or sit too close to the television?”; and “Can eye exercises help my vision?”
Patsy L. Harvey received her O.D. and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley. She currently teaches at the School of Optometry, including courses on myths, mysteries, and discoveries in medicine; systemic diseases; vision impairments; and geriatrics.