10 Popular Rumors and Facts About the Eyes

If you read one of the recent articles I wrote on how to protect your eyes, I promised that in my subsequent post, I’d be revealing rumors and facts about the eyes. Yes, that’s what birthed this article. 

The eye is a very frail organ, and because of its frailty, a lot of dos and don’ts about it are circulated everywhere, while some of those warnings rest solidly on facts, the majority of them are rumors. In fact, you’ve likely been made to believe some of these rumors. Well, if you’ve had your fair share, this piece is sufficient to counteract those beliefs. 

This article will be discussing common rumors about the eyes, the truth about these rumors, and, most fundamentally, tips that can help you have the right care toward your eyes. But what pattern does the article take? 

  • It first highlights the rumors 
  • It then reveals the fact behind it 
  • Then, it expresses tips to keep your eyes in good shape. 

So, this piece isn’t just about educating you on the rumors and facts alone; it does more. It presents tips to go with! Let’s ride on. 

10 Rumors and Facts About the Eyes

1. Rumor

Reading under dim light can permanently injure your eyes.

Fact

Reading under dim lighting doesn’t injure your eye permanently; it can only stress your eyes.

Eye Care Tips

Shine the light directly on what you are reading.

To limit stress, often read under bright lights many times a week. 

2. Rumor

Frequent use of prescribed glasses can make your eyes weak.

Fact

Frequent use of your glasses will not weaken your eye; instead, they aid clear sight. Your sight will not improve without the aid of the spectacles prescribed for you. 

Note: Your eye defect can progress if you don’t make use of the glasses prescribed for you. So it’s even dangerous not to wear them as recommended. 

Eye Care  Tips

Make use of your prescribed glasses at all times.

If you find it uncomfortable, speak with an eye doctor. 

3. Rumor

Viewing TV/computer all day can harm your eyes. 

Fact

There is no evidence to support this claim, but the continuous use of your TV or computer all day can cause blurred sight, strained eye, headache, and a fatigued eye.

Note: The symptoms listed eventually go away when you’re done with those devices.

Eye Care Tips

Take an interval of 20 min. breaks when using those devices.

Balance the lighting of the screen.

Blink at intervals to prevent eye dryness.

4. Rumor

Wearing a wrong prescription can damage your eyes. 

Fact

Generally, wearing the wrong prescription will not damage your eye but only cause temporary feelings of headache and blurred eyesight, which vanishes when the glass is taken off.

Note: Wearing the wrong prescription can damage the eyes of a child because it impairs the growth of the eyeball, and it can also cause reduced vision (amblyopia) and myopia.

Eye Care Tips

Insist on having a thorough eye exam before glasses are prescribed.

Make sure to see an eye doctor if your prescription causes eye discomfort.

5. Rumor

Eye drops can cure eye dryness.

Fact

Factors like-infected tear gland, and low moisture in the air can cause eye dryness. These factors listed reduce the production of tears in the tear gland. Eye drops can only bring about temporary relief from eye dryness, but the problem remains. 

Note: Eye drops that can improve the production of tears in the tear gland are available, but they are only applied if an eye doctor recommends that you use them. 

Eye Care Tips

Make use of a humidifier when moisture is low in the air. 

See an eye doctor if eye dryness persists.

6. Rumor

Eating lots of carrots can cure eye defects. 

Fact

Carrots have vitamin A in them, which is good for sight, but eating lots of carrots is not synonymous with the correction of your eye defect and curing of your eye disease. But they can help improve the sight of a severely malnourished person.

Eye Care Tips

Eat a balanced diet.

Add fibers to your meal. 

7. Rumor 

Eye checkup isn’t necessary unless you are experiencing problems.

Fact

There are lots of eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration that can’t be easily detected except with the aid of regular eye checkups.

Eye Care Tips

Regularly go for eye checkups.

Speak with your doctor first before you do self medication. 

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8. Rumor

Continually looking at the sun will improve your sight.

Fact

Looking at the sun for an extended period without using standard eye protection goggles can cause severe damages to your retina and, in some cases, cause blindness.

Eye Care Tips

Regularly make use of sunglasses.

Don’t look directly at the sun.

Make use of standard eclipse glasses if you must stare at the sun for a long time. 

9. Rumor

People suffering from color blindness only see in black and white.

Fact

The majority of people with this defect see some colors, and they mostly have problems differentiating between the color red and green.

Note: The type of color blindness in which the victim only sees in gray shades is not very common. About 8% of men and 0.5% of women are color blind.

Eye Care Tips

Exposure to carbon disulfide, monoxide, and lead can cause color blindness.

Be careful of what you stare at. 

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10. Rumor

It’s possible to do an eye transplant.

Fact

With the level of medical knowledge possessed in our time, transplanting a whole eye isn’t possible. Optic nerves are responsible for connecting the eyes to the brain, and these nerves comprise of more than a million fiber; once these fibers are severed, they cannot be linked back together. The only thing that can be transplanted in the eye is the cornea.

Conclusion

The majority of the myths just discussed were things we thought to be accurate, but now we know better. How about the tips that accompanied each rumor and fact, do you find them fascinating? Excellent! To keep being enlightened, please continue to visit this blog regularly. 

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