Is Emo Hair Bad for Your Eyes?
Living 2012/05/16 18:00:00
Side bangs, also known as "emo" bangs, are popular with women (Nicole Richie) and men (Justin Bieber). And let's not forget emos. So imagine the panic when an optometrist told The Daily Telegraph that the emo hair style could cause lazy eye, or amblyopia.
"If a young emo chap has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won't see a lot of detail," Andrew Hogan of Australia told the tabloid. "And if it happens from a young age, that eye can become amblyotic."
But msnbc.com ontacted Dr. Leonard Press, the New Jersey eye specialist who co-authored the clinical practice guidelines on amblyopia for the American Optometric Association, and he scoffed at the scoop, saying it's really only a problem for people younger than 7 years old.
"The story would only be true," he said, "if you had somebody young enough, and if that person never looked out of that eye -- if it was blocked 24-7. The reason it’s false is that you don’t have that constant deprivation." We're inclined to think that it's safe to get as "emo" as you want to with your hair, assuming you're over 7. What do you think?
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