Is Emo Hair Bad for Your Eyes?

Living 2012/05/16 18:00:00
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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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  • KyoriYuki dandies... 2012/05/19 13:45:17
    OCD I'm guessing?
  • dandies... KyoriYuki 2012/05/20 11:33:44
    oxycodone death ? maamy winehouse
  • xxLilEmzysxx 2012/05/18 10:56:59
    its hair. u can c though it! i know because ive had side bangs like tht. i might get thm again. i dunno...
  • Spudnut 2012/05/18 10:52:16
    What's a emo?
  • jimf Spudnut 2012/05/18 16:56:41
    Its a flightless bird from New Zealand I think.
  • The Inc... jimf 2012/05/18 20:41:10
    The Incurable Pessimist
    That's an emu. An emo is a whiny little brat.
  • P. Sturm 2012/05/18 08:59:50 (edited)
    P. Sturm
    Oh Lord. Are we going to get into the hair crap all over again, with another generation. Everyone cried and moaned about my generation's long hair when I was a kid. In 1965 Luke stopped cutting his hair right after his last intermural football game every year and it took a battle to get me near a barbers chair in the last month of the school year, I mean, hell, a haircut cost 50 cents! We weren't into wasting money. His hair was 2 inches beyond his shoulders and I looked like a Beatle in the summer. Every pundit, expert and a few doctors even, were on TV saying it was unhealthy or something similar. In the repair shop in the summer, our most common gesture was lifting hair off an ear to listen to an engine. One of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat doctors we caddied for on the golf course told us, our long hair protected our hearing from the loud sounds of the freeways, concerts and other sources, and was the main reason we could hear engine noises the adult mechanics couldn't.
  • Little Fawn 2012/05/18 08:57:16
    Little Fawn
    How lame.
  • edlie 2012/05/18 08:34:09
    its like having long bangs! xD
  • LukeC 2012/05/18 06:23:42
    Fringes that cover your eyes, are bad for your eyes. VERY simple.

    But that look was not considered Emo over here (Ireland, Dublin). A few years back it was just the common look of girls, and im slowly persuading all my girls to bring it back, got girls with blue, green, purple, red and just nice colours of blonde.
    This is the look my hard work is bringing back.

    If you think thats bad looking, then you just have bad taste in women...s looks.
  • Tracy L... LukeC 2012/05/18 18:20:44
    Tracy Ledbetter
    If its bad for your eyes, why do you want the girls to wear it? Doesnt make sense.. :P
  • LukeC Tracy L... 2012/05/18 18:25:12
    Because "emo hair" doesnt always have a fringe, sorry I though I made that clear with my very first line.
  • Tracy L... LukeC 2012/05/18 18:35:54
    Tracy Ledbetter
    Okay then, sorry if i insulted you.
  • Gideon Louis Tranas 2012/05/18 06:19:02
    Gideon Louis Tranas
    emo sucks
  • Gideon ... Gideon ... 2012/05/18 06:19:26
    Gideon Louis Tranas
    they look like emo
  • Max Gideon ... 2012/05/18 06:20:12
    you suck!
  • TheFightingPanties 2012/05/18 06:11:09
    as a fashion choice? usually. but actual danger? only if you use too much gel and poke an eye out.
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/05/18 05:53:14
    Hand me the shades, please!
  • Marcus Clark 2012/05/18 05:37:02
    Marcus Clark
    It's only bad for your looks (in most cases.)
  • MentalCabbage 2012/05/18 05:36:31
    Emo hair is bad for your brain.
  • Petodz Joit 2012/05/18 05:30:14
    Petodz Joit
    is Emo hair sweet for my Eyes..ha
  • Dzeeng 2012/05/18 05:29:39
    very nicely
  • HBO 2012/05/18 05:25:01
    People have had hair in their eyes in one hairstyle or another for years. It's not all of a sudden going to hurt your vision. It may look funny but I think you'll be ok.
  • Sterling 2012/05/18 05:15:57
    Not only that it's bad for your soul.
  • jimf Sterling 2012/05/18 16:57:42
    What if you do not have a soul?
  • Sterling jimf 2012/05/18 18:55:25
    Then you have an excuse. So there should be only ginger emos.
  • Catgirl 2012/05/18 05:07:58
    Ummmm, no. My mother fussed at me all the time about my fringe being in my eyes.
    She tried to prove me wrong and went to ask my eye doctor trying to make me look stupid, but he told her it was fine.
  • doctorwho_guru.†=♡ 2012/05/18 04:47:58
  • Captain Bacon 2012/05/18 04:07:52
    Captain Bacon
    and the environment!!
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/05/18 03:04:58
    Your Favorite Nerd
    Why would anyone wanna die their hair that color...
  • darazan 2012/05/18 02:41:45
    If you have your hair like that literally all the time, then maybe, but only if you're very young. Besides, it's not the kind of problem that would happen overnight. The only reason emo hair might be bad for your eyes is the visual diabetes you might get from the neon overload, lol.
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/05/18 02:32:23
    must have been hard to get it that way.
  • MartiniJean 2012/05/18 02:31:35
    Well. Considering most kids don't understand fashion trends or 'emo' style when they're 7, even if it's true, it won't be a problem. I can see pretty well (granted I need glasses, but not because of bangs) out if both eyes, and I have side bangs.

    It's just an ubsurd excuse to frighten people who happen to like emo bangs or parents who have children with emo bangs into getting a haircut.
  • gadget 2012/05/18 02:27:18
    Fuller Brush Man
  • Joanna the Great 2012/05/18 02:23:10
    Joanna the Great
    I have side bangs, they are NOT just "emo bangs". They're emo if you flatten them in front of your eye and your hair is parted dramatically on the side. Regular side-bangs are worn pushed to the side above your eye.

    These are emo bangs emo bangs

    These are regular side bangs
    side bangs

    Even still, emos don't wear their hair pushed over one eye 24/7, so this question is just stupid.
  • HBO Joanna ... 2012/05/18 05:27:29
    Thank you for pointing out that there IS a difference ! I don't think everyone realizes that.
  • Animallover1222 2012/05/18 02:19:20
    Please. I've had emo hair for 20 years my eye isn't even the slightest messed up.
  • mikeyllo 2012/05/18 02:16:14
    I don't know how bad it is, but to have one eye open but blocked by hair all day can't be good. Seems like it would put unnecessary strain on your eye to see through the blockage and would force the other eye do the work of both.
  • Sarah 2012/05/18 01:18:33
    Sheesh, don't these guys have any other things to do, seriously, find a cure to cancer before knocking on people's hair with a theory that isn't even logical.
  • .:Princess.of.Pain:. 2012/05/18 01:09:18
    That's not even logical.

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