Reading in Low Light Harms Eyes

Reading in Low Light Harms Eyes

EyeQ: Myth or Science

You probably heard from parents and teachers throughout your life that reading in low light causes nearsightedness. You might have even passed on this popular health tip. It’s time to reverse this myth.

Sure, the pupil enlarges when there is less light to adjust for the amount of available light, just as it shrinks to adjust to bright light. You might even strain your eyes and suffer a headache after reading in low light. But there is no long-term damage.

To learn more about these facts and others related to eye strain, check out the American Optometric Association website at www.aoa.org.