Did You (Also) Believe These 12 Eye Health Myths?

Don’t watch TV from so close! Don’t spend hours on your phone! Don’t watch your phone or laptop screen in the dark! How many times have you heard these and many other statements that end with ‘you will spoil your eyesight!’? Numerous, isn’t it? We all have grown up listening to such bizarre statements about our eye health. Let’s debunk some myths that you have lived by and believed in ever since your childhood.

Myth 1: Eating carrots improves vision

Fact: Carrots are a good source of Vitamin A but only eating carrots cannot help in maintaining or enhancing your vision. There are various other foods that are richer in Vitamin A than carrots. Milk, cheese and egg yolk have richer Vitamin A content than carrots.

Myth 2: Watching TV from too close ruins your vision

Fact: Watching TV constantly or watching it from too close can lead to headaches. That’s all the damage watching a TV from close range can do to you. It doesn’t affect your vision at all. In fact, kids who do this should be checked for their eyesight. Chances are that they are near-sighted and need glasses to see TV clearly from a distance.

Myth 3: Reading in the dark can impair vision

Fact: Reading in dim light or darkness adds strain to your eyes. The strain can cause severe headaches and it certainly doesn’t affect your eyesight. To avoid getting stinging headaches, it is advisable to read in sufficiently lit rooms.

Myth 4: You cannot do anything about the loss of eyesight

Fact: Technically, yes you cannot. But to speak medically, getting regular eye check-ups can help in detecting the problems at the onset which can be rectified with the use of glasses and other medical rectification methods.

Myth 5: If you don’t have eyesight issues, you don’t need eye check-ups.

Fact: Doing so will only make the Myth 4 come true for you. It is advisable to get your eyes checked twice a year to eliminate high-grade risks. Majority of the vision loss cases occur due to negligence on the part of the patient.

Myth 6: Wearing somebody else’s glasses will harm your eyes

Fact: No, it won’t. Wearing somebody else’s glasses with a different prescription will cause eye fatigue or a headache. It can make you feel dizzy for a while. Hence, it is not recommended to wear somebody else’s glasses.

Myth 7: LASIK is a long and painful procedure of correcting eyesight

Fact: A LASIK surgery is a laser surgery which takes a maximum of 20 minutes and is absolutely pain-free. You are up and running within an hour of the LASIK surgery.

Myth 8: LASIK cannot correct farsightedness

Fact: LASIK can correct all kinds of refractory errors. In cases of severe farsightedness, other corrective surgeries would be preferable.

Myth 9: You will never need to wear glasses after LASIK surgery

Fact: It is party true. LASIK surgery gives you freedom from glasses but it does not prevent progression of vision with age. Maybe sometime after the age of 40, you might need to wear glasses to correct the vision.

Myth 10: Eyesight decreases with age

Fact: No, it doesn’t! It isn’t necessary that growing age means receding eyesight. If you eat healthily and maintain a good lifestyle, there are high chances that you would never need to wear glasses.

Myth 11: All Eye health issues are genetic

Fact – Yes, eye health issues like glaucoma and cataracts can be inherited, there is no guarantee if you will or you will not inherit these. That apart, there can be other issues which you can suffer which you will not know unless you get the eyes checked regularly.

Myth 12: It’s OK to sleep in contact lenses

Fact – Remember, your eyes need to breathe properly while wearing contact lenses. While sleeping, when your eyes are closed, it is extremely difficult and you can risk eye infection. We would highly recommend you taking off your contact lenses during bedtime unless your doctor has specifically approved of you to sleeping in those.

How surprised are you after debunking these eye health myths? Go and share it with your smart Aleck friends.

Common Eye Ailments You Need to Be Aware Of

Eye ailments are cynical if you think about it. Problems in your eyes may not happen just with old age. Those can happen to you even if you are as fit as a fiddle. Either way, eyes are your greatest assets and so, it is important to celebrate them. The most important body feature apart from your teeth! Your eyes are the window to your soul but you also consume the world with your eyes. You eat with your eyes first, no? There is no point in taking your eyes for granted, for common eye ailments. Here is what you need to know so you can maintain your eye health to the T.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is contagious and one of the most common eye ailments. It comes in different forms. For instance, the infection can result from having a cold or other viral infection. Wearing infected lenses also are one of the leading causes of this disease. If you are allergic to animals or pollen, your eyes can get dry and itchy; this is the allergic form of conjunctivitis. Antibiotics are best to treat this common eye ailment.

Myopia

Did you ever have trouble looking at far away things? If you’ve been to an eye doctor’s office, this is a routine test given to patients. The test helps the optician to choose the best prescription glasses for you. Myopia can cause things at a distance to appear blurry. This is also known as a refraction error of the eye, so being near-sighted or far-sighted is a part of it. Age is also a factor and is a leading factor in developing myopia after the age of 40. Although wearing the right prescription glasses, taking vitamins may help prevent myopia, there is not enough evidence to prove this. Either way, wearing glasses or the right contact lenses can help cure the refraction errors.

Cataract

Ok so this one is more common with the aging population, but can happen at any age. Regardless, you need to know of this eye ailment. This way, you can prepare yourself and take better care of your eye health before it is too late. The cataract disease affects your lenses, clouding the eyes. It is the leading causes of blindness in most countries. There are many risk factors of cataract such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, just to name a few. You’ll be surprised to know that overexposure to the UV (ultra-violet) rays is one of the main reasons that cause cataract at any age. Untreated cataract causes severe damage to your lenses, causing vision loss. It’s not all that bad, though. The best way to cure yourself out of a cataract condition is a swift surgery – which is covered by most insurance policies too!

Glaucoma

This one is a silent killer – and it’s hereditary. In the sense, it may not show you any real symptoms or signs. This common ailment affects the nerves in your eyes. The prolonged pressure inside the eye can cause serious damage and even vision loss if left untreated. There is evidence that cancer can cause glaucoma. Although this eye ailment cannot be cured, regular visits to the doctor can help you get started on treatments to prevent further damage.

Keratoconus

Just as a robust steel skeleton holds a concrete building in place, so do collagen fibres in your eyes. These fibres keep the shape of your cornea. This is not a common eye ailment, but it isn’t rare either so that’s why we’re talking about it. You need to know of keratoconus because it can be cured with treatment. Otherwise, there is always a keratoconus transplant surgery for this eye ailment.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Yes, diabetes has serious repercussions and a common eye ailment as diabetic Diabetic Retinopathy is one of them. Diabetes gets extreme amounts of blood sugar in your blood. Prolonged high doses of sugar in your blood causes severe damage and rupture to your eyes. With the fast increasing numbers of diabetic patients in the world, keep your eye out for this common eye ailment. Although there is no cure for this (yet) laser treatments and surgical removal of the damage blood vessels in your eye help improve vision.

Macular Degeneration

This is another age-related common eye ailment. You will not believe it but this common ailment has a “Dry” and “wet” form. The dry form takes at least 10 years to complete vision loss. The wet form is more cynical. It’s bad enough that there is no cure AND factors such as smoking and family history increase the risk factors to Macular Degeneration. Then again, there are treatments available now to delay the speed at which this disease progresses. Make sure to see your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) who can help detect any early signs and help you prevent its progression.

Do you know what these common eye ailments have in common? These diseases can be prevented or even cured if detected early. Remember to keep your doctor’s appointments – especially if you wear glasses. See you doctor regularly to make sure you maintain your eye health regardless of your age.