Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Opening times

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

Reading Light

Reading Light

Medical Myths
Reading in dim light damages your eyes

Nearly every parent has, at one time or another, has
cited this myth when scolding children for reading
under the bedcovers with only a torch for light. But
it’s not true. There’s not a shred of evidence that
doing any activity, including reading, in poor light
damages the eyes or eyesight. Anecdotal reports of
people throughout history studying by candle light
and losing their eye sight are wrong – they may well
have lost their eyesight but it was nothing to do
with working in poor light.