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My grandson lets his hair fall over one eye keeping it constantly covered. His mother sees no problem with this. Is there any information that I could present to her? I'm afraid that over time, since his one eye is forced to do the work of two, he may have difficulty.

It is a common misconception that if one eye does not work, the other eye will somehow wear itself out by doing the work of two. In fact, the eyes work as hard as they can all of the time and even losing one eye entirely will not cause the other eye to "wear itself out" more rapidly. Loosely covering one eye with hair lets lots of imagery in. Your grandson's hairstyle is not something to be concerned about as it is not straining the other eye nor is it harming the eye which is intermittently covered.

Answered by: Richard Bensinger, MD Dr. Richard Bensinger

Categories: General Eye Health, Children's Eye Health

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