An Australian doctor claims that ‘emo’ haircuts could lead to lazy eye syndrome. Andrew Hogan, education director of the Optometrists Association of Tasmania, told The Mercury that the lopsided fringes that cover one eye can actually damage your vision. Hogan said:
“If a young emo chap has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won’t see a lot of detail. And if it happens from a young age, that eye can become amblyotic.”
Vision changes most significantly from birth to seven years old, but changes to eyesight still occur through the teenage years. Along with the risk of lazy eye, some think that the trendy hairstyle could also lead to posture problems.
Not everyone is believing Hogan’s statements. As NME points out, Dr. Leonard Press of New Jersey told MSNBC:
"The story would only be true 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."
Of course, as of now, there seems to be little hard evidence to back up Hogan’s diagnosis. I guess we’ll have to wait for a number of emo kids to take part in a study on the effects of partial facial covering.