Let’s settle this, once and for all.
Microwaves are a beautiful invention.
These magical little ovens make cooking possible for the lazy, college-aged, and/or culinary-challenged folks everywhere. Plus, they've made reheated leftovers the new main course. (And if you don't think reheated pizza is the best pizza, we can't be friends.)
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Just don’t stare directly at it when it’s on! Or…at least that’s what you’ve heard, right?
You've probably been told — whether as a child or an adult — that peering into a microwave while it's cooking has all sorts of bad consequences, like poor vision, blindness, cancer.
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But do microwaves actually do any damage to your vision?
We reached out to Dr. Thomas Steinemann, board-certified ophthalmologist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Cleveland, to find out if looking inside your microwave is actually bad for your eyes or this is all a big myth.
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Actually, there’s no evidence to suggest that staring into a microwave will nuke your peepers.
“The answer is no, looking into a microwave while it's on will do no harm to your eyes,” says Steinemann.
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