Common Eye Care Myths Among Travelers
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It is not uncommon for travelers to get sick while they are on a trip. Being outside and around many people means that viruses are lurking. Although most people who get sick go to the hospital if they suffer from severe symptoms, travelers do not do that because they either don’t want to waste any of their limited time on anything other than traveling-related activities or are afraid that the hospital may overcharge them for their services. Thus, they all find tricks and secret cures in order to get better.
The same applies to eye health. The issue is that there are several false care tips circulating among travelers. This is why we will debunk four of them in this article.
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Myth 1: Sun gazing is good for your health
It is true that being exposed to the sun has its health benefits as the vitamin D that is produced contributes to strengthening people’s bones and bettering their mood. All the benefits mentioned are reaped during moderate exposure to the sun. If you stay under the sun for a long time, not only will you burn but also you may develop skin cancer in the long run. And if you spend time looking at the sun directly, your retina may get damaged, which can lead to blindness.
Myth 2: wear sunglasses
It is important to wear sunglasses so that you can protect your eyes from the harmful UV light. However, you should be careful because not all sunglasses protect you from the dangers of sun gazing. You should check the label of your sunglasses; if there is a filter blocking one hundred percent of the UV light, then you are safe. Sunglasses that block a lesser or no portion of ultraviolet light are not worth your money.
Myth 3: You can’t remove a cataract right away
There used to be the misconception that you have to wait for cataracts to ripen before having the surgery and removing it. This is not the case nowadays. Once you start to experience symptoms, you can go to an optician practice in the UK and undergo the surgery even when the cataract is at the first stages. Most opticians recommend that you have the cataract surgery only when the symptoms affect the quality of the patient’s life. Otherwise, they do not see the point of operating on patients, no matter how safe and quick the surgery is.
Myth 4: Don’t spend too much time on your phone
After a whole day of exploring, you may want to relax by taking a look at all the photos and videos you took, editing them and sharing them with your friends. This entails spending hours in front of your computer, tablet or phone. Well, you don’t have to worry about your vision weakening because of that. The only bad thing that is going to happen is that you will feel your eyes dry and tired after a while. This is because you haven’t been blinking as much. Just make a conscious effort to blink more while you are in front of an electronic screen and you will be just fine.
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