Top myths about eye health you should ignore

There are plenty of myths or wrong information related to how to keep your eyes healthy. Here we list the top few that you should not pay heed to.

  • No need for an annual eye check up if you can see clearly - An annual check up is essential. It detects early signs of serious health conditions, like tumors, diabetes, hypertension, increased cholesterol, etc. Besides, some eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration have no visible symptoms. So, a yearly eye exam is important to protect your eye health.
  • Eating carrots improves vision - Carrots, spinach, sweet potato, apricots, etc, are rich sources of Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye, which is the cornea, from ulcers, dryness and other defects. It also helps prevent night blindness. But eating Vitamin A alone is not enough to improve your vision if you have poor eye sight due to reasons other than Vitamin A deficiency.
  • Darker sunglasses offer better sun protection - Only sunglasses that offer 99-100% UVA and UVB filtration can protect the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Whether they are light or dark does not matter. The only advantage of dark lenses is that they may reduce discomfort for people with extreme light sensitivity.
  • Opening eyes in a swimming pool is not harmful for the eyes - There are many contaminants in the pool water and opening your eyes without protective goggles underwater may increase the risk of infection. Excessive chemicals in many swimming pools may also wash away natural tears and cause irritation, dryness and conjunctivitis.

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