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7 Surprising Eye Care Facts & Myths You Didn’t Know (But You Need To!)

7 Surprising Eye Care Facts & Myths You Didn’t Know (But You Need To!)

Eyes are extremely sensitive and interesting part of our body. Through our eyes intricate design and composition, we are privileged to have the priceless gift of sight. I bet most of us have been told by someone, at some time, “You’ll hurt your eyes if you do that!” But do you even know what is good or bad for your eyes? Here are some interesting eye facts that you may not have known about your eyes.

1. Reading in dark can damage your eyes

FALSE—Dim light might make it difficult for the eyes to focus but it does not damage them. For centuries, when there was no electricity, all work including reading and sewing was done by candlelight or with gas or kerosene lamps. However, dim lighting does make reading difficult and can cause short-term eye fatigue, especially for people who wear eyeglasses.

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2. Using computers can damage your eyes

FALSE— many people might have misled you by saying; working on computers can harm your eyes. Mostly, when you use a computer for longer periods of time, just like reading, your eyes blink less often than normal. This reduced blinking rate makes your eyes dry.Again, this is uncomfortable, but it doesn’t damage the function of your eyes. You can use lubricating drops if dry eyes are a problem. Now your next question is going to be, “What about sitting too close to the TV?”

3. Sitting close to the television can damage children’s eyes

FALSE— Contrary to the widespread myth, sitting close to a TV will not damage children eyes but it may cause eyestrain. Children can focus up close without eyestrain better than adults. Therefore children habitually develop the routine of holding reading materials close bytheir eyes or watching television sitting right in front. There is no substantiation that sitting close to the television damages the eyes either in children or adults. With children, this habit generallyreduces as they grow older.Children with poor sight (myopia) sometimes sit close to the television to see the images more clearly.

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4. Laser eye surgery can damage your eyesight

FALSE—Sometimes the mere thought of eye surgery is enough to send shivers down someone’s spine. The eyes are extremely sensitive, and when you consider what the word ‘surgery’ entails, it is easy to understand why people have concerns. However, the reality is that laser eye surgery is much less invasive than you might think. Yes, there are potential hazards associated with the surgery, just as there are hazards when it comes to any other surgery. Laser eye surgery is a necessary alternative for many people, especially when other options such as eye glasses or contact lenses are not a viable option. The reality is that laser eye surgery is far safer than you might believe. The most common form of laser eye surgery is called LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. For many patients, laser eye surgery has the potential for allowing them to achieve 20/20 vision.

5. LASIK is painful and isn’t really a “surgery”

FALSE—What many people do not realize is that laser eye surgery is usually not painful at all, and the actual treatment process can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. Most people can expect to experience positive results as quickly as 24 hours after surgery. It is easy to see why people have concerns about getting laser eye surgery. When people think about surgery they usually associate it with cutting instruments and painful wounds. Laser eye surgery is unique in that it does not require surgical blades and intensive rehabilitation.

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6. You can go blind from LASIK

FALSE—Unfortunately, many people cast judgments on the procedure before they fully understand the steps which are involved. Fear of going blind is the top reason why most people opt to go a different route in the treatment of their vision issues. However, the reality is that blindness and other complications related to laser eye procedures are extremely rare. Don’t let hearsay and false statements steer you away from experiencing better vision for the rest of your life.

7. All “eye doctors” are the same


FALSE—
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD or DO) trained with special skills to identify and treat all diseases of the eye. On the other hand, optometrists and opticians are are trained and licensed to provide some aspects of eye care. They cannot prescribe all medications or perform all types of eye surgery.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on August 13, 2020

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

2. What is the purpose of meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

Less Physical, More Psychological

Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

The First Benefit of Meditation

The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
  2. Relaxation of the body

Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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This benefit takes you to the second one.

The Second Benefit of Meditation

While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
  2. Observance
  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
  4. Patience

Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

1. Energy

Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

2. Observance

The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

3. Peacefulness

Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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4. Patience

The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

Final Thoughts

Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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Reference

[1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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