Friday, October 9th, 2009

Debunk Myths on Eye Care


Eyes are called windows to the soul. Shut them for a minute and try to figure things around you. It’s intimidating! Yet, eyes are the most neglected part of human body.

Myth: Wearing eye glasses often worsens your vision over time or the number of glasses gets higher.
Fact: Wearing glasses doesn’t deteriorate vision

Myth: If I will use eye glasses more, I will become dependent on them.
Fact: No, eye glasses are worn to get clear vision. You will only get used to see clear vision.

Myth: Eye exercises can’t improve my vision.
Fact: Eye exercises improve coordination of the eyes and help in insufficiency. The eye muscles are different and cannot be built like biceps etc.

Myth: Kajal makes your baby’s eye healthy.
Fact: Baby’s eyes should be kept free of any application as it can lead to watery eyes, itchiness, and even allergies and infections. Kajal has an oily base which attracts dust and leads to problems.

Myth: You should get your eyes tested only on doctor’s advice.
Fact: It is recommended that eye test should be done on yearly basis.

Myth: Diabetics should not take special care of their eyes.
Fact: Diabetic patients are susceptible to losing eye sight. In order to keep a check on this, they should:
Get their eyes checked up on regular basis
Strictly control blood sugar and BP levels
Follow laser photocoagulation as directed by the concerned doctor

Myth: Any eye infection or disorder should not be taken seriously.
Fact: Consult your eye specialist immediately in case of; blurred vision, double vision, crossed eyes, redness in the eyes, swelling of the eyes, eyes are sensitive to light, eyes appear to bulge ,excessive tearing, difficulty reading , abnormal-sized eyes (too large or too small), droopy eyelid etc.

Myth: Using computer for long might affect your eyesight.
Fact: When using computer-
See that the computer screen is slightly below eye level (about 20 degrees)
Position your keyboard in such a way that your wrists and lower arms are parallel to the floor.
Sit on a chair that provides proper back support and is adjustable
Adjust the chair height so your feet are flat on the floor with thighs parallel to the floor.
Adjust the worktable so legs and knees clear its underside.
Adjust the screen brightness and contrast for the maximum viewing comfort.
Eliminate glare and screen reflections by moving or tilting the computer or getting an anti-glare screen.
Try not to face toward windows or bright light sources.
Operators should face into an open space beyond the computer screen.
Clean the screen regularly as they attract dust.
Take short, frequent breaks are better than longer, less frequent breaks. Try 2-3 minutes every 15-20 minutes, 5 minutes every 30 minutes, or 10 minutes every hour.

Myth: Using an eye drop without doctor’s permission can hurt your eyes.
Fact: Using an eye drop without doctor’s prescription could lead to incorrect usage which may cause allergy or toxic reaction.

Myth: Not everybody can donate his/her eyes.
Fact: It has been proven beyond doubt that almost everyone can donate eyes. People who wear spectacles, with high B.P., diabetes or people with systemic disorders like asthma, tuberculosis, or even those who have undergone cataract surgery can donate eyes. The only criterion is a healthy and clear cornea. Eyes have to be harvested within six hours of death.

Keep your eyes healthy by maintaining good hygiene, taking adequate rest and eating a balanced diet. Donate your eyes after death to help those in need of a transplant.
—-Dr. Manoj Rai Mehta, Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology, Moolchand Eye Clinic, Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi

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