I’m a little sad to report that wearing a fringed emo haircut will not, in fact, lead to lazy eye syndrome and/or other amblyotic conditions. It will, however, still make you look like an obnoxious little shit. I’m not sure which is worse, to be frank.
It was reported earlier this week in several respectable news outlets (except this one, of course) that Andrew Hogan, education director at the Optometrists Association of Tasmania, came out against the so-called “emo haircut,” claiming: “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.”
Well, quicker than you can say “Mindless Self Indulgence haven’t been cool since Frankenstein Girls,” a whole slew of medical experts came out of the fold to debunk Hogan’s claim.
“The visual critical period, where prolonged occlusion of an eye can reduce vision by causing a lazy eye, is up to the age of seven,” says Professor Robert Scott, a consultanting ophthalmologist at the BMI Priory Hospital in Birmingham, England, speaking with NME. “After that you can cover one eye with an ‘emo’ hair cut with little to no chance of reducing vision in that eye. I have never seen a patient who has lost vision from a haircut and could not find any reported cases in the scientific literature.”
“The cut off point for the development of the visual system is considered to be 8 years of age,” adds Sirjit Sanghera, Ophthalmic Director at Specsavers Tottenham Court Road. “Some people in the US have argued it could be as old as 12 years but nothing concrete. As the typical age for an ‘Emo’ haircut is older, it isn’t an issue. Also, you would need to have a 8 year old or younger with an Emo haircut who had it 24/7 for there to be a risk of amblyopia.”
So there you have it– unless you got into The Academy Is… and Invader Zim at an extremely young age (i.e. way before all the poseurs), it’s unlikely that you’re going to develop any debilitating health problems, ocular or otherwise. In other news, there is absolutely no karmic justice in the universe.