Eye Fact or Fiction with Dr. Sam O’Brien


Hey, Dr. Sam O’Brien here. I’m an ophthalmologist, an eye physician and surgeon, and I thought I’d test your knowledge with a fact vs. fiction quiz about eyes.




wall eye chartSitting too close to the television or computer screen will damage your vision.

Not true. Your eyes may feel more tired, but you can fix that by giving them a rest. Nothing harmful to your vision.



Reading in the dark will weaken your eyesight.

Another myth. It may be harder to see, but it won’t weaken your eyes.


Children don’t need an eye exam until they start school.

False. Children can have eye problems such near-sightedness or far-sightedness, crossed eyes (strabismus) where the eyes don’t line up with each other or look in the same direction, or lazy eyes (amblyopia) where one eye doesn’t see as well as the other. These need treatment as early as possible so that a child doesn’t end up with lifelong vision problems. At birth to 3 months, the red reflex should be checked, alignment noted at 6-12 months, and visual acuity measured with an eye chart at 3-5 years. But don’t wait if you have a concern. As a side note – sitting close to the TV isn’t harmful, but it may be a sign that a child needs glasses.


picture of a fishermanstock photo champagneEyeglasses can be used as safety glasses.

No, big no. You tend to turn your head as a reflex to an object flying toward your eyes and eyeglasses don’t protect the sides. Wear proper eye protection with home repairs, yard work, and sports. High risk are baseball, basketball, boxing, and racquet sports (tiny ball the size of the eye). In baseball, ice hockey and lacrosse, a helmet with a polycarbonate facemask should be worn. In the USA, fishing was the number one cause of sport related eye injury. All those flying hooks! And safety first when you’re celebrating the win – cover the top of the champagne bottle with a towel so the cork doesn’t fly into an eye.


I can wet my contact lenses with a bit of saliva.

Nope, not sterile. Don’t do it.


Water is clean enough to store contact lenses in a pinch.

Not true. Contact lenses should not be rinsed or stored in water. You should remove lenses before going swimming or getting into a hot tub, too.


Costume lenses are dangerous.

Yes! Contact lenses are medical devices that need to be measured for a proper fit to avoid (potentially irreversible) damage to the cornea. Costume lenses are available without a prescription and aren’t fitted for your eye. And costume lenses that cover the whole eye don’t allow enough oxygen to the tissues – big problem.


picture of a pair of eyeglasses


What’s the most common cause of vision loss in the world?

Near and far-sightedness. Donate your old glasses to be re-used in countries where eyeglasses aren’t affordable.




There you go – 8 facts about eyes! Be active and have fun – but protect your eyes! Laugh every day. Love every minute. 

Here’s more about Perfectly Honest~

Perfectly Honest coverYou never know where your words will take you.

When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor. Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted. Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!

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