Eye care has taken a huge leap since its inception. Modern science and technology has today helped override some common myths and clear some doubts about proper eye sight and care. So here is an attempt at dispelling 8 popular eye care myths:
Myth: Only ripe cataracts are removed.
Fact: This is not true. Cataracts which hinder everyday activities should and can be removed.
Myth: Sitting near the television harms children’s eyes.
Fact: No eye damage is caused to children by sitting near the television as they have a shorter focal distance than adults. At the most, it may cause a headache. This myth was true in the 60s because of the harmful TV screen radiation then but not today!
Myth: Reading in dim light is not good for the eyes.
Fact: It is a fact that good lighting makes reading easy and prevents tired eyes. However this does not imply that poor light can damage the eyes. Dim light is nothing to worry about as it is in this dim light that people used to work in before the invention of lights!
Myth: Crossed eyes in children are not a worry.
Fact: Its human nature for the baby’s eyes to wander occasionally till they are 6 months’ old. However babies whose eyes cross even a bit after this should be checked as untreated eyes can lead to lazy eye or amblyopia, and possible permanent vision loss.
Myth: Eye problems can lead to learning problems.
Fact: There is no proof for this as eye problems cause more of psychological than learning problems.
Myth: Computers are bad for the eyes.
Fact: Working at the computer does not damage the eyes; it may only lead to Computer Vision Syndrome. This is a condition where the eyes grow dry because of less blinking of eyes. Following the 20/20/20 rule helps a lot where a 20 second break is taken every 20 minutes to look at something about 20 feet away.
Myth: The wrong spectacles can lead to eye damage.
Fact: It is true that the right spectacles can help improve vision but conversely, the wrong specs will not do much physical damage to the eyes. However kids below 8 years of age should wear their prescribed specs to prevent amblyopia.
Myth: Eye transplantations are possible.
Fact: It’s impossible transplanting the entire eye as the cut optic nerve connecting the eye and brain is cut cannot be reconnected. It’s only the cornea, or the eye’s outer transparent part which can be transplanted, and artificial lenses which can be implanted during a cataract surgery.
With these 8 common eye care myths dispelled, it is now possible for people to take better care of the eyes for prolonged and optimal eyesight.