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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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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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