Reading in Dark is Bad For Eyes – Myth or Reality? 

While growing up, we all have heard umpteen times – don’t read in dark. Those who were comic fan readers must have encountered discomfort while reading the pages hiding under a sheet or in dark. 

While we are not kidding anymore, our curiosity had lead us to light. Reading in dark doesn’t do any permanent vision issues, but it strains the nerves in our eyes. 

Eye Strain – Not So Good 

Eye strain sounds much better and more relaxing than permanent damage to the eyes. Eye strain is not permanent. It is just a feeling of unease, discomfort, and stress in our eyes. It is a temporary pain that comes due to a lot of factors. Working insanely in front of a computer, reading in a moving vehicle, and focusing on small print – all of these bring soreness, itching and burning, and oversensitivity in the eyes. 

What Happens When You Read in the Dark? 

In the darkness, our pupils dilate which allows the entrance of more light into the eyes. When you read something in the darkness, it takes more pressure to take the information to the brain. Because printed letters are dark on a white page, it escalates the problem. All of these put eyes in overworking mode for long periods, leading to strain in the eyes. 

The Way Out from the Situation 

The obvious way out is – to stop reading in the dark. It is the best way to save eyes from straining. 

There are other solutions to follow if you cannot go through the first one. 

  • Blink often to allow your eyes to retain the moisture 
  • Use eye drops if you feel any stress in your eyes 
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule i.e; every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away
  • Take regular breaks 
  • Try eye flexibility exercise – Make an eight with your eyes
  • Consult Your eye specialist doctor

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