If your only source of green is the money plant on your office desk, then the answer is no. It’s not the shade of things you look at that makes the difference – it’s how far away they are. Green doesn’t have any magical sight-improving qualities, nor can any colour in the spectrum improve your eyesight one bit, says Dr Marc Tay, medical director and senior ophthalmic consultant surgeon at The Lasik Surgery Clinic. “The eye is more relaxed when it views distant objects,” he says.
Looking at nearer objects taxes your muscles of accommodation (muscles in the eyes used to focus on objects) to a greater degree. And because distant objects are often related to “trees and meadows”, it’s not surprising how this misconception came about.