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That explains why there are a lot of eye care myths. Too see what I mean, here are some old beliefs you should discard.

Blind Item Old folks say sleeping with wet hair will make you blind. My mom has been telling me that since I was a kid. In all fairness to her, that can probably happen if you sleep on a bed of nails.

Food for the Eyes? Some people believe poor eyesight can be corrected by following certain diets or taking vitamin supplements. This is true only if your problem is caused by a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin A, for instance, is needed for night vision. This is a common problem in developing countries like the Philippines.

Rather than help you, too much vitamin A can cause blurred vision, itchy skin, loss of appetite, hair loss, joint pains and irregular menstruation. If you are short of vitamin A, then carrots would enable you to see better in dim light. Anti-Glaucoma Diet? Glaucoma is another eye disease which some quacks claim can be cured by a special diet.

This disorder is characterized by increased pressure in the eyeball and can lead to blindness. The exact cause of glaucoma is unknown but the acute form is common among the elderly who are farisighted. The condition also appears to run in families. Chronic glaucoma, on the other hand, may result from the use of corticosteroid eyedrops. Other risk factors are eye injuries and diabetes. To date, no diet has been found to prevent or treat the disease.

Following one may prevent you from getting the right treatment and can make things worse. It is important to understand that most glaucoma in Nigeria and other developing nations is triggered by years of severe malnutrition and malaria. There is no evidence that glaucoma in affluent nations has a nutritional basis, and those afflicted should not be tempted by articles in health food magazines to switch from their eyedrops or pills to nutritional supplements," warned nutritionist Kurt Butler and Dr.

Lynn Rayner of the John A. Crossed Signals If you cross your eyes often, will you become cross-eyed? Eugene R. Folk, former codirector of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic at the University of Illinois said children who cross their eyes easily are less likely to have that problem.

Cross-eyes or strabismus is usually congenital present at birth or may be due to eye injuries. Either way, the tiny muscles that control eye movement are affected and one of the eyes becomes misaligned. The problem has to be corrected by prescription glasses or contact lenses. Eye exercises may help in simple cases but more severe forms require surgery. If the condition is ignored, the affected eye becomes blind. The images from two normally positioned eyes merge and form in the brain to give you one stereoscopic picture.

When the brain is presented with images in different fields, the result is double vision, and one of the images is suppressed. Unless the condition is corrected by special exercises or surgery, that portion of the brain that constantly suppresses an image will in time never be able to represent one properly," said Dr. Dim Fears Will reading in dim light harm your eyes? Of course not! This is another myth that refuses to die. Folk said the worst you can expect is a headache or nausea.

When these muscles are strained, they ache just like any other muscles. Sit up straight in bed or in an ordinary chair, and there will be no strain on the muscles and no ache," explained Carol Ann Rinzler in The Dictionary of Medical Folklore. None of the eye muscles, however, will be damaged that way.

TV or Not TV? How many times has your mother told you not to sit close to the TV set to avoid ruining your eyes? How many times were you told not to watch TV in the dark? Kids, he said, like to be as close to the set as possible but nothing bad will come out of this habit. Should you worry if the room is too dark? Not really. On the contrary, people with mild cataracts may even see better in dim light.

But this can cause eyestrain. To remedy this, simply adjust the set to get a better picture. As long as you do that, you will not harm your eyes," Rosenfeld added.


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