4 Common Eye Care Myths Among Travellers

4 Common Eye Care Myths Among Travellers

27th March 2022

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In this article, we will try to put an end to, to debunk, just four popular eye care myths when it comes to how to protect your eyes.

Travelling is the perfect hobby for sociable people who love meeting new people and hanging out with them for hours as this recharges their batteries and brings them happiness. 

Although travellers are used to discussing with a diverse group of people, which broadens their horizons, there is the danger that opinions and beliefs come across as facts. This leads to the creation of myths, especially when it comes to health as a lot of travellers prefer to ask each other for advice when it comes to minor irritations or illnesses instead of visiting hospitals. This is how myths about eye care are created. 

Common Eye Care Myths Debunked

4 Common Eye Care Myths Among Travellers

Myth 1: Eye surgeries are dangerous

It would be a lie to say that surgeries are 100% safe. There are always unexpected things that can go wrong and complications that may happen during or after the surgery. However, this applies to all kinds of surgeries and not just to eye-related ones. Actually, cataract surgeries are the safest and the most common procedures performed in the UK. The technological advancements in ophthalmology with the precision and the smart functions of all the medical machines contribute to the decline of complication rates during surgeries. 

Myth 2: You can prevent presbyopia

First things first, presbyopia is the gradual inability to see things that are near you clearly. Although we wish that this was true, presbyopia is an eye condition that affects people as they are getting older. Adults who are over 40 years old are susceptible to presbyopia. There is nothing they can do to prevent it from happening because presbyopia is a natural decline in lens elasticity in their eyes. The only thing they can do is visit a vision clinic in Southampton whenever they feel the slightest symptom and have their eyes tested at least every two years. 

Myth 3: You will weaken your eyesight if you sit too close to the TV

It is true that if you sit in front of the TV or another type of screen for too long you will feel your eyes aching, they might turn red and irritated. This, however, does not mean that your eyesight will worsen. If your vision is poor, it will not be exacerbated because you sit too close to a screen. Then why are our eyes in pain? This is because when we watch the same screen for a long time, we tend to blink less often. The fact that we don’t blink, that we don’t hydrate our eyes, leads them to feel uncomfortable. 

Myth 4: Contact lenses are not good for your eyes

Contact lenses can be very useful and helpful since you don’t have to worry about forgetting, losing or breaking your glasses. However, it is true that you should be mindful of how you treat your contact lenses. You should not wear them for longer than it is recommended and you should always wash your hands before touching them. Otherwise, you might suffer from corneal ulcers and infections.