Our ancestors spent many nights doing their activities by candlelight or lamps and did not experience reduced eyesight or vision loss from their poor light situations. Many young children will read under their covers by flashlight after their parents have tucked them away for the night and have not experienced any harm to their eyes. Yet at one time or another we have all been told that reading in dim lighting is harmful to our eyes and vision.
So are we as a society being overly cautious when it comes to protecting our eyes or does reading in dim light really harm your eyes?
Reading in dim light does not in fact harm or damage your eyes in anyway. Reading in poor lighting conditions may however lead to eye fatigue, lead you to feel tired or uncomfortable, or make it more difficult to focus. It may also lead to eyestrain, which can be irritable and uncomfortable. Another side effect of reading is the fact that one blinks less often which can dry out the eye and further lead to irritability.
If possible, it is optimal to read in well lite areas where there is little glare and your light source is shining directly on your reading material. Don’t strain yourself if you don’t need too!
If you or someone you know requires eye care visit Charles Breen, MD at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.