The Most Common Eye Care Myths Explained

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When it comes to eyes and vision, it is vital to separate myths from truths because this knowledge is the first step to keeping our vision strong for a lifetime. After all, our eyesight is precious to our own lives. Unfortunately, how we try to maintain our vision at normal levels is sometimes not what we believe. Several myths surround the protection and care of our eyes, which, if nothing else, can create a great deal of confusion about what is right and necessary in an action of our eye care and vision.

Myth 1: Carrots improve eyesight
The truth: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene (carotene), a nutrient that is converted in the body to vitamin A which is vital for good eyesight. However, the body needs a relatively small amount of vitamin A for vision and can get it from many sources, such as dark green leafy vegetables, dairy, and fish. In addition, vitamin A helps maintain good eyesight, but it does not improve or prevent refractive errors (e.g. myopia, astigmatism, etc.). Finally, the absorption of beta-carotene and vitamin A is better when the foods that contain them are consumed with a bit of fat (e.g. carrots with a little olive oil).

Myth 2: You won’t damage your eyes by looking straight to the sun for a while
The truth: Even for a few minutes of looking at the sun without wearing the proper eye protection, there is a risk that the (invisible) radiation will cause permanent damage to the retina at the back of the eye. Even indirect exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays (e.g. when reflected from smooth surfaces such as asphalt or sand) is not safe. On the contrary, it can have serious consequences, such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis, cataracts, flap, corneal dystrophies, etc.

Myth 3: Whoever wears the wrong glasses hurts their eyes
The truth: Using old corrective glasses or glasses that have been created for other people can make the eyes tired and cause them pain or blurred vision, but it does not harm the eyes. This is why the symptoms mentioned above disappear when the sufferer stops wearing the wrong glasses. An exception to this is a small number of children with vision problems (e.g. amblyopia) that become permanent if not treated in time and correctly.

Myth 4: An eye exam is not necessary if one does not have a vision problem
The truth: This is a huge mistake because many eye diseases (e.g. glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy) are in their early stages "silent"; they do not cause symptoms. Therefore, if regular eye examinations are not performed, these diseases will not be noticed until they severely affect vision.

For this reason, for those who do not have a chronic vision or health problems, a preventive eye examination is recommended every 5-10 years at the ages of 20 to 39 years, every 2-4 years at the ages of 40-54 years, every 1-3 years at 55-64 years and every 1-2 years after 65. However, people who wear glasses or contact lenses, have a family history of eye disease or suffer from diagnosed health problems (e.g. diabetes) that endanger eye health should be examined more often (usually once a year, especially after 40).

So everyone understands that regular monitoring of our vision, whether we have a symptom or not, is essential to prevent and treat various visual crises. Your regular visit to a professional ophthalmologist, who can offer you valuable help in resolving and dealing with these problems, is the most appropriate way to prevent any crisis. So your visit to an ophthalmology clinic such as the Aris Vision Correction will be crucial in eliminating and containing any of your eye problems.

What eyecare myths are you familiar with?

How to Raise a Confident Child

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Confidence is forged from self-belief, independence, and resilience, it motivates us to take on new challenges and helps us bounce back from failures. Confident people tend to have increased self-worth and are less critical towards themselves, which curbs the self-doubt that can get in the way of life's experiences and successes. To help your child develop their confidence take a look at the following advice from an independent school in the West Midlands.

Celebrate Effort
To help a child develop confidence it is important to take the emphasis away from winning or losing and instead try to focus their attention on the pleasure of participation. Your child isn’t going to be natural at everything they attempt and if they feel ashamed or embarrassed for getting things wrong, they will shy away from trying new things in the future. Childhood is about exploration, engaging with different hobbies and interests, and figuring out what feels right. Praise their enthusiasm as they take on new challenges and highlight the positive elements of each experience.

Stop Handholding
It’s important to let your child take on some challenges independently and to tackle certain tasks without your assistance. Self-reliance is an important element of confidence and will help your child to recognise their own competence and abilities. Consider tasks that you feel your child will be capable of carrying out themselves and hand over the reins. This could include things that will allow them to explore self-expression such as choosing their own outfit or deciding what movie they want to watch or could include self-care tasks such as brushing their own teeth or making themselves a drink when they need one.

Encourage Risk-Taking
Although it might be terrifying to watch your six-year-old dangling from the monkey bars or attempting to climb a tree, this sort of reasonable risk taking not only develops confidence but actually teaches children how to keep themselves safe. If your child shies away from challenges through fear of getting hurt this can hinder their self-esteem and willingness to try new things in the long term. A grazed knee from jumping off a swing or diving into a tackle playing football helps children to learn their limits and encourages them to pick themselves up and dust themselves off after a mishap.