It is true that the eyes are the windows to the soul. However, those windows hide a lot of mysteries behind closed doors. Over the years, rigorous research and advancement in technology has helped eye specialists to uncover a ton of these mysteries. Your eye doctor is privy to these secrets and wants you to know them as well.
We are going to beat your eye doctor to it and give 5 of those secrets in this post. Just be ready to have some of your theories upended.
1. Computer Screens Don’t Damage Your Eyes
Gasp! Shocker there. But it is very true. Using computer screens do not actually damage your eyes physically or cause any form of medical harm. This is in direct contradiction to what many individuals think. Staring at a computer screen for long hours can cause your eyes to strain and get tired which could lead to blurry vision. However, this is just a direct consequence of prolonged use and not a sign of damage. If you use computers for prolonged periods at a time, try to take a 3 – 5 minute break every 20 minutes. During your break, stare into to the distance and blink slowly regularly to lubricate your eyes with tears.
2. Eye Glasses Do Not Worsen Your Vision
Yes, you read that right. And no, they do not worsen your vision. Quite the contrary, they make your vision better. Your eyes would give off some signals when it is time for you to get a new pair of glasses. These signs include blurred vision, headaches, and difficulty in reading/seeing street signs. If you experience these signs it does not mean your glasses are worsening your vision.Just visit your primary eye-care provider and get a prescription for a new pair.If you are in Cape Coral and need to see an eye doctor, go here to book an appointment now.It is important to know that you do not need to wait for these signs to show up. You should get a new pair of glasses every year if you are a teenager or a young adult. As you grow older you can leave a 2-year gap between replacements.
3. We All Have The Same Color Of Eyes
No way! That can’t possibly be true. You have seen people (maybe even have a friend) with blue, green, or brown eyes. You probably have blue eyes and have had people compliment you. Your eyes, be it brown, green, or blue, are beautiful and we are not trying to steal your shine. But the fact remains that we all have the same eye color. The color of your eyes is as a result of a protein called melanin, the same pigment that gives your skin its color. All humans have a gene for brown eyes but a genetic mutation causes some people to produce less melanin (same brown pigment) hence, their eyes give off a bluish or greenish hue. See what Britannica has to say about melanin here: www.britannica.com/science/melanin
4. Reading Can Cause Myopia In Kids; Spending Time Outdoors Counteracts It
The saying that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy wasn’t referring to the eyes but it came close. Kids who spend prolonged periods staring at letters, numbers, and symbols that are close their faceshave an increased tendency of becoming myopic. Doing this for a very long time can weaken their ability to focus on far objects. Scientists aren’t really sure why this happens.But whatever the cause may be letting kids spend time outside after reading reduces this tendency.
5. Your Eyes, Like Your Skin, Gets Drier In Winter
Ever had redness, irritation, or gritty feeling in your eyes at the onset of winter? That is because your eyes are losing their moisture to the dryness that comes with winter. When your eyes secretetears some of it drains away, some remain on the surface of your eyes, while the rest is lost to evaporation. When the surrounding air gets drier more tears is lost to evaporation. To help your eyes, you could install a humidifier in your room, drink a lot of water to improve hydration, and/or use synthetic tears to lubricate your eyes.
So there you have it, 5 secrets that your eye doctor wants you to know. Now you can go out there and impress your friends with the knowledge you have acquired from this post.
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