Eye Health: Fact vs. Fiction
- Posted on: May 30 2016
Are your routine habits hurting your eyes? If you read certain articles, you would think so. However, not everything we read is true. Your eye doctor can separate fact vs. fiction, and help you manage your eye health throughout your life.
Computer Use can Hurt your Eyes – Fiction
Most of us use some type of electronic device on a daily basis. In fact, statistics show that we may spend HOURS a day staring at one screen or another. Whether it is your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, you will be happy to know that the physical structure of your eyes is not damaged by computer use; nor is your vision. That being said, technology can put a strain on your eyes that causes them to become dry, and your vision to become blurred. Sometimes, computer use and eyestrain may cause chronic headaches. Do your eyes a favor and blink frequently during screen-time. Also, look away from your screen every few minutes, or just close your eyes for several seconds so lubrication can be refreshed. If necessary, use artificial tears.
Regular Eye Exams are as Important as Routine Dental Care – Fact
Eye exams are not only for those who wear glasses or contact lenses, nor for people with chronic eye conditions. Everyone is advised to see their eye doctor on an annual basis. In addition to checking vision, your eye doctor also observes vital structures within the eyes. These exams may detect problems long before they present symptoms, giving you the best chance at preserving clear vision.
Vision Gets Worse when you Wear Eyeglasses – Fiction
Prescription lenses help you see better, period. Changes to visual acuity are a natural progression of aging in many cases, not the use of corrective lenses. Anytime vision seems blurred, or you have increased difficulty reading road signs, this can indicate that it is time to renew your prescription. Most people notice that they have a slight increase in correction every few years.
The Great Outdoors is a Natural Remedy for Nearsightedness in Children – Sort of . . .
Research suggests that outdoor time has a beneficial effect on the eyes, especially in children who are nearsighted. It is thought that dopamine may be behind the decreased risk. Also, small intervals of UV exposure (natural sunlight) stimulate vitamin D synthesis in the body, which promotes eye health.
Don’t fall for fictional information. Schedule a visit with your New York eye doctor.
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