What you know about eyecare may be wrong

You often hear from people that “Your eyes show the strength of your soul.” Since young, your parents have been nagging you about how you should take good care of your eyes. When I was young, I was very afraid to visit the optician. This is because the optician will evaluate my eyesight and advise my mum whether I should change my glasses lenses. When I need to change my glasses, my mum will give me that kind of deadly stare. From that stare, you know she is saying something like “See, you didn’t take care of your eyes. keep looking at the computer screen. now your eyesight degree has increased again.”  We all try our best to take care of our eyes but what you know about eyecare may be wrong? What are some eyecare myths that needed to be debunked?

The study conducted at Advance Eye Hospital and Institute, Navi Mumbai by Dr Vandana Jain, says that the rising incidences of eye conditions in children could be on the rise due to increased use of laptops, tablets and cell phones. Also, reports have shown that East Asia has been gripped by an unprecedented rise in myopia, also known as short-sightedness. Sixty years ago, 10–20% of the Chinese population was short-sighted. Today, up to 90% of teenagers and young adults are. In Seoul, a whopping 96.5% of 19-year-old men are short-sighted. Source: http://www.nature.com/news/the-myopia-boom-1.17120


1) After Lasik surgery, you no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

Some people may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after their Lasik surgery due to unpredictable wound healing. Lasik does not correct presbyopia (old age long sigtedness), thus you still can say bye to your glasses forever.

2) Carrots help to improve your eyesight.

When I was young, my mum will make carrot fruit juice (which I DISLIKE!) but she will always force me to drink as (according to her), carrot helps to improve my eyesight. NAH NAH! Eating carrot or taking carrot juice does not improve your visual acuity. Food like carrots which contain beta-carotene will convert into Vitamin A, necessary to prevent night blindness and dry eyes.

3) Lying down on the bed to do your reading is bad for your eyes, more so for watching TV or using iPad at a close distance

This is a concern more for growing children due to the development and progression of myopia. It will be less applicable for adults as we have reached mature development.

4) Wearing glasses that are not the right prescription for your eyes worsen the vision.

With the wrong prescription of the glasses, it may cause blurred vision (if lenses are underpowered), or forced increment of degree of vision (if lenses are over powered). Wrong prescription will not cause permanent damage to your eyes.

5) Wolfberries are good for eyes.

It is a good antioxidant but there is limited studies to prove that it improve the vision

6) Reading small prints worsen your vision.

Reading small prints will cause discomfort to your eye but it will not worse your vision.

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