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

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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