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4 Eye Care Myths

Which of the five senses are you most afraid of losing? If you are part of the majority, your answer is definitely your ability to see. Because our eyesight is so precious, it is not surprising that there are so many myths about our eye health. So what can harm our eyes, and what can protect them?

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Myth: Eye exercises help you not need glasses.

Fact: Eye exercises will not improve or maintain your vision. Also, they will not improve your health and will not reduce your need for glasses. Vision depends on other factors, such as the shape of the eyeball and eye tissues, none of which can be altered through eye exercises.

Myth: Reading in low light worsens your vision.

Fact: Low light will not damage your eyesight or the health of your eyes. Simply, your eyes will get tired faster. The best place to place light is where it illuminates directly to the reading point and not above your shoulder. A desk lamp pointing directly at the reading point is ideal.

Myth: Carrots are the best food for the eyes.

Fact: Carrots contain vitamin A and are a portion of excellent food for eye health. But fresh fruits and dark leafy vegetables, which contain more antioxidant vitamins C and E, are even better for your eyes. Antioxidants may also be helpful in protecting against conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. But do not expect them to prevent or correct major vision problems, such as myopia and presbyopia.

Myth: It is best not to wear glasses or contact lenses all the time. A short break from using them allows your eyes to rest.

Fact: If you need glasses or contact lenses to see or read, it is a good idea to use them. Not wearing your glasses will increase the tension in your eyes and make them tired. Certainly, however, not wearing glasses constantly will not worsen your vision, nor will it lead to any eye disease.

Bonus Myth: It isn’t good to look at a screen all day.

Fact: Computer use does not harm eye health. People who stare at a computer screen constantly and for a long time tend not to open and close their eyes as often as others, which can make their eyes feel dry and tired. What is true is that sitting in front of a screen all day can contribute to eye strain. To prevent any damage, adjust the lighting so that there is no strong reflection of light from the screen, rest your eyes every 20 minutes and make a conscious effort to open and close your eyes regularly to keep them hydrated.

When it comes to eyes and vision, it is vital to separate myths from truths because this knowledge is the first step to keeping our eyesight strong for a lifetime. We will achieve this with our regular visit to a trusted and experienced ophthalmologist, who will offer us valuable services and prevent possible complications in our vision. A professional like Aris Konstantopoulos of Aris Vision Correction is an ideal choice for all of you who are looking for a reliable scientist who will show the appropriate interest in maintaining your normal vision.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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