Knowing how to take good care of your eyes is the first step to protecting your sight for a lifetime.
Eye Myth 1: You must wear glasses full time to avoid vision deterioration.
Even though glasses do aim us in seeing, you should not wear it for everything which you do.
If you are nearsighted, wearing glasses or contact lens while doing close-up work (such as reading) will only induce more near-point stress.
Near-point stress is the main factor which makes your eyes to overwork and worsen your eyesight.
Likewise for farsighted corrective lens. If you use them for distant vision, you are adding unnecessary stress to your eyes.
Eye Myth 2: Eating carrots helps correct your vision.
While carrots are proven source of vitamin A, they do not improve your vision. You can get vitamin A from other food such as asparagus, sweet potato and apricots too. What matters is a balanced diet.
Eye Myth 3: If you constantly cross your eyes, they will stay that way.
While intentionally crossing your eyes doesn’t result in a permanent cross-eyed state, crossing your eyes can be an indicator of other eye problems and we suggest you contact and book an appointment with our doctor.
Eye Myth 4: There is no need to go for eye check before you turn 40.
It may be too late by the time you go for eye check at 40. Some sight threatening diseases such as glaucoma can occur silently even before you reach 40.
Eye Myth 5: As you get older, worsening of eyesight is inevitable.
Aging is inevitable but not the diseases that comes with aging. Take cataracts for example, not all people get cataracts when they become old. Cataracts happen due to oxidative stress and the breaking down of the proteins in your lens.
There are researches that states that balanced diet supplemented with eye vitamins may be useful in preventing cataracts. Giving up on smoking, alcohol and controlling your blood sugar and cholesterol levels can also play a crucial role in preventing age related disease such as macular degeneration and vitreous detachment.
Keeping your lens flexible by doing eye exercises can also help to keep farsightedness in bay.
At the very first signs of vision loss, such as blurred vision, spurge of floaters or flashes of light, you should see your doctor.
If detected early enough, depending on the cause, there are treatments that can correct, stop, or slow down the loss of vision.