Eye health myth 1: Eating carrots helps to improve vision.
Fact: Well, it is partially true. Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a nutrient that helps to gain good vision. But carrots are not the only source of vitamin A.
There are other food items that are we consume regularly, which are also a source of vitamin A, including milk, egg, kale, spinach, etc. So instead of focusing just on carrots, make sure your diet comprises of other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A.
Eye health myth 2: Sitting for long hours in front of a laptop damages vision.
Fact: One of the most important eye health facts is that sitting in front of a laptop or computer for long hours at a stretch does not affect vision. It causes stress on the eyes that can further cause headaches or pain in the area around your eyes. In addition, while we work on the computer we often forget to blink our eyes.
This lack of blinking can make your eyes dry and cause irritation. Make sure the screen of your laptop or computer is not too close. It is advised to take a break from the screen at regular intervals. Following the ’20-20-20’ rule, which says taking a break every 20 minutes, staring at an object that is at a distance of 20 meters for 20 seconds.
Eye health myth 3: Kids watching television for too long are likely to get glasses.
Fact: Though there is no research that says kids can damage their vision if they sit for a long time in front of the television. It is something we all have grown up listening to. Since the ability to focus on objects that are at a huge distance hasn’t been developed yet, kids tend to often sit near the television.
This is similar to when kids read a book, you might have often seen them holding the book too close to their eyes. With age, most children are likely to change their habits. If they do not change the habit, it is an indication that your child is having ‘myopia’. Also, not just adults, it is important even for kids to have a regular examination of their eyes.