The eyes are wonderful sensory organs of human body. It helps people to learn about the world in which they live. To take care of your eyes is the first step to protecting your eye sight. It’s important to keep fact separate from fiction when it’s matter of your eyesight. Here we discuss some myths about eye sight along with the truth.
Myth: Watching TV for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes
There is no evidence to advocate that watching TV for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes. Young children frequently sit close to the TV screen because compare to adults they have a greater ability to focus on objects that closer to their eyes. That’s why children hold their reading material close as well. Though children grow older generally these habits changes but if not then this may be a sign of myopia or nearsightedness. Children should have regular eye examination to detect probable eye problems.
Myth: Failure to use proper glasses will hurt your eyes
For small number of people this statement does have some truth in it. Some children have eye problems that can be treated and it is also important that they carry their glasses. But if the vision problem is caused by physical injury or by heredity then even with glasses this problem does not go away. Though corrective glasses or contacts are required to improve eye sight, using eyes with or without glasses will not damage your vision further.
Myth: Reading in dim light can damage your eyes
This is another common myth about eyes. Reading in dim light doesn’t cause any harm to your eyes. Reading in dim light can cause eye strain, but it will not hurt your eyes permanently.
Myth: Reading fine print for too long will damage your eyes
This is one of the most widely detained myths about vision. Many people concerned that too much reading will damage their eyes. While extensive reading of fine print can cause eye strain but there is no evidence to advocate that reading fine print for too long will damage your eyes.
Myth: Eating Carrots will improve your vision
While it is true that many other vegetables like carrots are rich in vitamin A that is an essential vitamin for sight. But for good vision only small amount of vitamin A is required. A well balanced diet with or without carrots provides all the nutrients that the body required. In fact, too much vitamin A, D or E may be harmful.
Myth: Wearing contacts lenses prevents nearsightedness from getting worse
Wearing contact lenses will not permanently prevent nearsightedness. Myopia or nearsightedness is usually caused by heredity and contact lenses can only improve the vision. Contact lenses cannot prevent nearsightedness from getting worse.
Myth: An Eye examination is necessary only if you are having problems
Everyone requires eye examination whether you have or have not any noticeable signs of problems. Everyone should follow proper eye care which includes regular eye exams. Children should be tested at birth, at age of 6 months, before entering school and once in a while throughout the school years. For adults the frequency of examination is depends upon your doctor’s advice, or may be every two years or more often. But if you have an eye disease or diabetes then you should go for yearly complete eye examination.
Myth: Cataracts can be removed with a laser
A cataract is a clouded lens of the eye. This procedure only performed by surgery, laser cannot perform this procedure. After the surgery the wrapping around the lens which is called casing is left behind. This casing can become cloudy and also cause blurry vision. Then the casing can be opened with laser, but the procedure should not be confused with the surgical removal of the clouded lens.
Myth: There is nothing you can do to prevent vision loss
When simple and quite inexpensive safety precautions are followed, more than 90% of eye injuries can be prevented. That means choose the correct eye safety glasses and wearing them all the time can prevent your vision. Regular eye examination can help you to save your sight. To prevent vision loss from many eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, early detection of vision problem is crucial. So regularly go for eye examination to prevent vision problems.