Myth: Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes Fact: A Television does not cause eye damage Kids often sit “too” close to the TV simply to become more engaged. This isn’t known to cause any human health issues. This myth had its origin back in the 1960s when General Electric sold some novel color TV sets that emitted excessive amounts of radiation (as much as 100,000 times more than was considered safe). GE quickly recalled and repaired the faulty TVs, but the stigma stuck to this day.
Myth: Wearing over the counter reading glasses will weaken your eyes. Fact: Your reading vision worsens because you are ageing Over the counter reading glasses are not the most stylish or well-made glasses but the price is certainly right.
Myth: Not everyone gets cataracts. Fact: If we are blessed to live long enough, we will all get cataracts. A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens. The first symptom of the aging of our eyes that will ultimately lead to cataract formation is the need for reading glasses in our 40’s.
Myth: Smartphones cannot permanently damage your eyes Fact: Too much screen time may wreck your eyes, especially at night. Blue light in particular that is transmitted by smartphones may be toxic to your eyes. The specialized photoreceptors located in the retina are damaged by blue light and can lead to Macular degeneration, a major cause of vision loss worldwide.
Myth: Eating carrots will improve your eyesight. Fact: Unless you are vitamin A deficient carrots won’t make bad vision better.
Myth: Women should not have LASIK before they have children. Fact: Lasik is not advisable during pregnancy and breastfeeding. During pregnancy and breastfeeding a woman has high hormone levels that can that can cause a change in their spectacle power. Before women get pregnant or after breastfeeding however LASIK can give them spectacle independence.
Myth - Glaucoma only affects the older generation. FACT – The risk of glaucoma does increase with age, but this eye disease can affect all ages even new-born babies. There are different types of glaucoma for example congenital glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and angle closure or open angle glaucoma or even pigmentary glaucoma. Although your risk is smaller the younger you are, anyone can have glaucoma.
Myth- No one in my family has glaucoma therefore, I won’t get the disease since glaucoma is inherited. act - It is true that certain forms of glaucoma are inherited and that your family history does play an important role, but this does not mean that you won’t be affected. Many glaucoma patients are the first to be diagnosed in their family. If you are the only person in your family with glaucoma, it is even more important that family members get screened for glaucoma. Other Types of Glaucoma are variations of open-angle or angle- closure types and can occur in one or both of your eyes. Some of these types include secondary glaucoma, pigmentary glaucoma and neovascular glaucoma among others. Traumatic glaucoma is any glaucoma caused by an injury to the eye. This type of glaucoma can occur both immediately after an injury to the eye or years later. It can be caused by injuries that “bruise” the eye (called blunt trauma) and injuries that penetrate the eye. Although it can't be cured, there are treatments to stop it from stealing your sight if it's diagnosed early. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve.
Myth #2 - Vision loss as a result of glaucoma can be recovered. Fact – Vision loss from glaucoma occurs when axons in the optic nerve become damaged and can no longer carry visual information to the brain. Since glaucoma kills nerve cells that are truly part of the brain, it is not surprising that once vision is lost from glaucoma, it cannot be restored. That is why we call glaucoma the “silent thief of sight”.
Myth #1 - If your vision is 100% and you have no symptoms of glaucoma, you will not develop glaucoma. Fact - Glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight” because you will not notice any symptoms until glaucoma is already advanced. The definition of early glaucoma is based on the fact that you do not even need to have problems with your peripheral (side) vision but is rather determined by your eye doctor's observation of the appearance of your optic nerve.