Wearing glasses requires responsibility. While you would expect your eye doctor to tell you everything about taking care of your eyes and glasses, they may not always be so candid with you. Or it just so happens that these little things may skip their attention.
So, when you have an eye exam and get the results, here are the following things your eye doctor may forget to tell you.
Carrots aren’t the only road to healthy eyes
Eating carrots is healthy for your eyes. But when it comes to being the best food for eye health, the title doesn’t go to carrots. There are better candidates that have a lot more to offer to your ocular health than a bunch of carrots.
Spinach, kale and other green leafy vegetables are good for naturally improving your eyesight and preventing vision-threatening conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Reading in low light levels won’t weaken your eyes
Reading in a bad light may lead to headaches or eye strain but it won’t make the natural state of your eyes any worse.
If your eyes are fine and free of refractive error, you don’t have to worry about bad light conditions damaging your eyesight. But, optimizing the light levels around you when you are reading or using digital screens won’t make your eyes feel tired and aid your vision.
If you have presbyopia, you will need more light than usual to do regular activities such as reading. You will also need reading glasses as they will magnify your visual field and make things easy to see for you.
Smoking is bad for your eyes too
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people in the UK. Smoking cigarettes may cause oxidative stress and reduce the amount of oxygen in the tiny blood vessels of your eyes.
If you smoke, your risk of developing AMD multiplies to four times. Quitting is always a good idea. No matter how long you’ve been smoking or how old you are, you will notice the change in your health as soon as you quit.
Polarised glasses don’t fit in every situation
Polarised filters on your glasses are helpful in glare and bright light conditions. They improve contrast and enhance your visual field.
But, your smartphone and LCD screens emit horizontal light waves which are blocked by polarised lenses in order to reduce glare. So, when you are viewing these kinds of screens, polarised lenses may hamper your vision and lead to eye strain.
Don’t wait until it’s too late
You must seek the help of a specialist when you first notice visual symptoms such as blurry vision and eye pain. Holding the eye appointments for later will deteriorate your eye health even further to a point where it couldn’t be even fixed.
Even when you are coping up with computer vision syndrome, make sure you reach out to your eye doctor before it’s too late. Taking up preventive measures such as using blue light blocking glasses will reduce the possibility of vision deterioration.
You need sunglasses for more than fashion
While most people are aware of UV damage to the skin, they are not so informed when it comes to vision-related damage due to UV exposure. Spending too much time in the sun may lead to cataracts or macular degeneration.
People wear sunglasses when it’s sunny outside. But, even on the cloudiest of days, UV rays are intense and pose a threat to your eyes. So, wear sunglasses when you are stepping out during the daytime.
There are glasses for every situation
Glasses are not only for when your visual acuity is low. You can wear them to protect your eyes from harsh lights and environment pollutants.
For instance, if you are a pro gamer, there are gaming glasses that block harmful blue waves and magnify your visual field. And if you are playing water sports, there are special glasses to prevent the risk of eye infection from chlorine water.
Taking regular eye tests can save your vision. Your eye doctor may not tell you this as he/she may assume that you already know this. Regular eye tests will help in early detection of vision-threatening conditions and thus save your eyesight from declining further.
Not only this, comprehensive eye exams can also reveal a lot about your health in general. So, do not skip appointments with your eye doctor. If you have a refractive error, annual eye tests are a must. But, if your eyesight is fine, you can book an appointment every two years.