Eye care should be a part of our self care routine so if you think you knew everything about eye care, think again!
Don’t shut your eyes on this.
We all know a thing or two about eye care – annual eye checks, going outdoors, or even placing our phones a good distance away from our eyes. These tips and tricks are useful and essential in preventing vision issues like myopia from progressing, but there’s still more than meets the eye.
Here are 5 mind-blowing eye care facts you may have not known about:
1. Carrots don’t actually help improve your eyesight
heard our own parents endlessly nag at us to eat our vegetables. Their best
“It’s for your own good”, they’d say.
However, recent findings have suggested that carrots aren’t exactly the vegetable that will magically transform our eye health overnight. While it is true that carrots are packed with Vitamin A which is essential for eye health, it will not wondrously reverse vision conditions like myopia.
Eating a well-balanced diet supports your overall health, however no diet can reverse or correct any vision problems. Rather, it is the everyday eye care habits that you exercise that have the most profound impact on your eye health.
2. Eye care exercises aren’t 100% fool proof
Google ‘eye care exercises’ and you’ll find pages upon pages promising the best exercises that claim to improve your eye sight. While these eye care exercises find merit in relieving your eyes of strain and stress, they do not completely cure you of eye health issues.
In fact, experts have stated that very little scientific evidence exists to suggest that these eye care exercises can actually improve vision.
3. Your baby should be kept away from phones
We get it. Your little one’s throwing an all-out tantrum and the only way to quell their screaming is with their favourite episode of Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol. But hold it! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infants shouldn’t even be receiving any screen time at all. In fact, these are the WHO’s screen time recommendations for ages 0 to 4:
- Infants (0-1 year old): no screen time at all
- Toddlers (2-4 years old): 1 hour
At such a small tender age, your little one’s eyes are still developing. Exposing their eyes to the harsh glare of the screen can affect their vision and accelerate the advancement of myopia in your baby. Once your child reaches the age of 4 and beyond, you can begin to increase the amount of screen time afforded to them. However, it’s important that they don’t spend prolonged periods of time staring at the screen.
The plano app places eye care at the forefront and reminds your child to consistently take eye breaks every 30 minutes, and to place their phones at least 30 cm away from their eyes. These reminders serve to safeguard their eyes from the effects of extended screen time and prevent vision issues like myopia from progressing.
4. Delaying glasses does not improve your vision
There are plenty of reasons why people don’t usually wear glasses – from aesthetic reasons to comfort, everyone has a reason. One of those reasons is the belief that delaying spectacles will help one improve their eye sight and this could not be further from the truth.
Failing to wear your glasses when you actually do need to can worsen your eye sight. This is because you will be placing your eyes under more strain and stress to focus. If your child requires prescription glasses, it’s important that they wear them regularly and committedly. These glasses will assist their eyes to see clearly and relieve their eyes of the tension and pressure that had been building behind them.
5. Eye care supplements do not keep your eyes 100% safe
Cupboards upon cupboards of vitamins and supplements may fill most of our homes, all with varying functions and purposes. These vitamins and supplements are helpful in supporting our overall health, however, we cannot solely rely on them to cure us of any health issues.
Eye care supplements in particular can help support our eye health. However, they do not guarantee a reversal of any existing eye health issues, or prevent them. It is still important to consume a well-balanced diet, and practice good eye care habits to prevent vision issues from advancing.
Keeping your eyes peeled.
As they say, health is wealth, and we wouldn’t want anyone messing around with that. For our children especially, their health is our priority – from eye care to dental care, we need to keep our eyes peeled for any fallacies or false information that may come our way. After all, we require all the right information to protect our children and give them the best.