5 Facts About Contacts and Glasses

5 Things about Eye Care You Overlooked

Pervasive as it is in our healthcare system, eye health is frequently underestimated in terms of its ability to affect our daily lives, and more than that, it is an area of health submerged in carelessly perpetuated myths. Those who enjoy superior vision often dismiss how important maintaining and understanding eye care is to our overall health. To better understand this importance, as well as debunk some misconceptions, let's review a few overlooked facts:

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  1. Contrary to modern mythology suggesting otherwise, wearing glasses does not create a physical dependency on them. Rather, your eyes simply become adjusted to your corrected vision, and so the blurriness experienced without glasses seems to be more severe in contrast. Contacts, by that same logic, also do not cause eyesight itself to become poorer, even if it may seem so.
  2. Children and teenagers overwhelmingly benefit from the wearing of contact lenses. Studies in recent years have found that adolescents who wear contact lenses enjoy healthier self-esteem and richer social lives than do those who wear glasses. Contact lenses offer a means of correcting vision without damaging a young person's perception of their appearance.
  3. Wearing glasses of an inaccurate prescription will not cause damage to your eyes. Doing so will, of course, result in discomfort and potentially a headache, but eyeglasses only serve to modify how incoming light is perceived. The eyes themselves are not impacted by corrective lenses. Similarly, your eyes cannot be damaged by reading in poor lighting, by bright screens, or by sitting too near to the television.
  4. Improper care of contact lenses can potentially lead to an eye infection. This is a notorious cause behind keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea, which is capable of causing permanent damage to your vision if left untreated. Common negligence of lens maintenance typically involves not following sanitation instructions and disregarding the limitations or replacement schedules issued by a health care professional.
  5. Routine eye exams, regardless of age, are essential to ensuring optimal eye health. A typical visit with an eye doctor might appear to entail only an assessment of your vision—but an eye doctor can identify a plethora of various diseases and potential health problems based on a brief evaluation of the eyes. For example, doctors are able to spot issues involving blood pressure and cholesterol by observing certain physical aspects of your eyes.

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