How much do you know about your eyes and the proper way to take care of them? Pretty much huh? Let’s see.

Do you know it’s a misconception that eating carrots will improve one’s vision?

Carrots do contain Vitamin A which is a necessary vitamin for the eyes and a good ocular nutrition, but a small amount is already good enough to make the eyes function properly. Too much Vitamin A may cause health problems as well.

Did you think that reading in dim lights can damage the eyes?

You knew wrong. While you have to put in extra effort to make your eyes see clearly in the dark, it wouldn’t damage them nor will it result in your needing eyeglasses.

Did you know that using eyeglasses or contacts will not weaken your eyesight further?

I bet you thought the reason you have deteriorating vision is because you are using corrective lenses. Well the truth is, the change in the quality of your eyesight may be due to aging or a presence of some other health problems which affected your vision. But your current prescription does not have anything to do with it.

Did you think that cross-eyed children are doomed with the problem?

They are NOT hopeless. While they may not overcome this problem on their own, it can actually be corrected at a younger age, with professional help of course. Eye exam is advisable as early as infancy and once again at age two.

Do you sit far back from the TV to avoid damaging your eyes?

It probably is a good practice but certainly not for the reason that it can damage your vision. It may give you a headache if you sit closer than you really need to, but it can not ruin your eyesight.

Did you believe all along that wearing someone else’s eyeglasses can ruin your eyes?

You may not be able to see clearly with those on, but wearing someone else’s corrective glasses will not have any other effect on your eyes.

A healthy vision is dependent on a good ocular nutrition, and proper food choice is an important aspect of ocular nutrition. Eating food rich in carotenoids have been found to have good benefits. Some examples of these foods are leafy green veggies such as spinach.

Studies on ocular nutrition also found out that persons with diets high in lutein and zeaxanthin, are said to have reduced risks of having cataracts. A good ocular nutrition would include egg yolk as well, which has lutein content.

Foods as sources of beta carotene and lycopene are necessary in an ocular nutrition plan too. Knowing which food choices and ocular nutrition benefit the eyes can divert yourself from all those myths and use factual ocular nutrition for a better eye health.

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