Something what is a popular belief does not mean that it is a fact. In order to know what is best for our health, we have to dispel the myths.
This discussion is about clarifying some common myths about eyes and how to improve vision naturally. When you know the right way to care for your eyes, your eyesight will be protected throughout your lifetime.
There are five myths that people often believe:
Myth #1: Get better eyesight by eating carrots.
There is some truth to this myth in that vitamin A is essential to eye health, and carrots are rich in vitamin A.
However, there are also other foods high in vitamin A, like sweet potato, asparagus and apricots.
Also, vitamin A is not the magic ingredient for better eyesight. You need other nutrients from a balanced diet. Too much vitamin A can be toxic.
Myth #2: Poor eyesight was inherited from our parents.
Actually, there is truth in this myth.
A lot of causes for bad eyesight are genetic, but one does not always inherit them.
The eye conditions that can possibly be inherited are glaucoma, strabismus, and cataracts.
You should discuss the vision history of your family with your eye doctor.
Myth #3: It is unavoidable that the older you get, the worse your eyesight will get.
There is no truth in that. No one can stop from aging, but not everyone will have eye problems when they get older.
For example, cataracts only occur when the proteins in the eye lens break down and undergo oxidative stress. Research has shown that cataracts can be prevented by eating a balanced diet and taking a supplement of vitamins that are beneficial to eyes.
Other activities that can prevent eye diseases like vitreous detachment and macular degeneration include maintaining a healthy level of cholesterol and glucose, not smoking and not drinking alcohol.
Eye exercises can help control farsightedness and maintain flexibility in your lens.
If you experience blurred vision, an increase in floaters, or light flashes, these are first indications of vision loss and should be examined by your doctor.
Depending on what the cause is, if the disease is diagnosed early enough, there are treatments that can slow down or reverse the deterioration.
Myth #4: Children who have strabismus or lazy eye will outgrow it.
Important! Believing in this myth will result in permanent damage to your child’s eyes.
Strabismus and lazy eye must be treated early. Do not wait.
If you wait until your child matures, lazy eye or strabismus can become a permanent condition that your child has to live with for the rest of his life because it would be too late for intervention.
These conditions can be treated in several ways. Be sure to have your child’s eyes examined regularly. If weakness is detected early in one eye, use the patch method to make it stronger. You have better chances of a full reversal if you intervene early.
Myth #5: Using the computer can hurt your eyes.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology said that using the computer won’t hurt your eyes, but using it for an extended period of time can cause Computer Vision Syndrome.
When people are using their computers or focusing on tasks, their eyes tend to blink less. This causes dryness and strain in the eyes.
So, remind your children to take breaks often from their time spent on the computer or video games.
Use the 10/10/10 rule. Every 10 minutes, focus your eyes on something that is 10 meters away for 10 seconds. In addition, remember to blink often. When you blink, your eyes get lubricated and can relax.
Read our Natural Clear Vision PDF and discover methods to improve eyesight without glasses.