Can Trendy Asymmetrical Haircuts Cause Lazy Eyes?

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Rihanna shows off her asymmetrical shaved hairstyle.

Rihanna might want to start investing in some headbands.

Though the pop star has been wearing her dark, undercut locks with a strong sweep of sideswept bangs over one eye lately, an Australian optometrist is warning that the daring 'do could cause vision problems, Fox News reports.

Andrew Hogan of Optometrists Association Australia claims that hairstyles that cover one eye may increase the chances of getting amblyopia—otherwise known as a lazy eye—because they restrict the amount of sunlight and sensory stimulation. The obstructed eye thus weakens and becomes short-sighted.

"If a young [person] has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won't see a lot of detail," Hogan says. "And if it happens from a young age, that eye can become amblyotic."

Children up to the age of seven appear to be at the greatest risk of this occurring, as they are in the midst of an important period of visual development. Hogan maintains, however, that research shows that the vision of older people can still be impaired by the wrong haircut.

And it's back to the salon we go ...