Saturday 2 July 2022

Eye Care Myths Among Travelers in the UK

Traveling is one of the most exciting activities for someone who loves to explore new places and meet new people. Traveling to the UK is always an exciting process and it goes without saying that any travel needs proper preparation if you want to have a carefree and relaxing trip without worries.

One of the first things to consider should be a visit your eye doctor before the trip, especially if you are feeling that something’s wrong with your vision or you have experienced issues in the past. 

Your vision is the most important sense of all, specifically if you want to enjoy your trip and be able to admire every single landmark and beauty of your amazing summer destination. Your doctor/optometrist is going to be able to give you the proper advice and he is going to explain to you the reasons why it is so important to take care of your eyes.

So, the next time that you will hear an eye myth from a traveller, who is sitting next to you on a flight, don't take it so seriously. If you are wondering what I mean by saying “eye myths”, keep reading and find the 3 most common myths about eye care among travellers in the UK.

You can prevent myopia

The first myth is about preventing one of the most common eye conditions, which many people around the UK have. This condition affects the vision of people of all ages. In this condition, you can see objects which are close to you clearly, but you can see objects that are far from you. Of course, there is no way for someone to prevent this condition and that’s completely natural. The best thing that you can do if you observe that you have symptoms of myopia, is to visit an Optician Practice in the UK. He will be able to give you the right advice and suggest to you the pair of glasses which you are going to need.

You will weaken your vision if you spend a lot of time on TV

In the UK, many people believe that sitting in front of a TV or another screen for many hours will damage your eyes.  This is not even close to the truth, if your vision is already poor, sitting in front of a screen for a lot of hours doesn't mean that your vision will worsen. The reason why many times we feel our eyes hurt a little after watching many episodes of our favourite show is because when we are watching TV for many hours, we tend to blink less often than usual. Because of that, our eyes don’t hydrate as much as normally do and they become dry and itchy. 

Blinking Frequently Cleans the Eyes

While blinking is a natural and essential eye function, it does not replace the need for proper eye hygiene and cleaning. Blinking alone cannot remove debris, dirt, or irritants from the surface of the eyes, so regular cleaning is still necessary for good eye health.

Especially while traveling, you can get in contact with sheets or even fluids in the air that could irritate your eyes and cause the appearance of a cyst or a chalazion. Although a chalazion treatment is usually simple, it is always good to prevent the condition from affecting your eye's health.

Contact lenses are bad for your eyes

The third myth which is commonly known in the UK is that wearing contact lenses for many hours would be harmful to your eyes. The actual truth is that contact lenses are safe and very helpful for everybody but you have to be careful of how you treat them. First of all, you have to clean your hands carefully before touching them. Last but not least, try to not wear your contact lenses more than it’s recommended.

So wherever your next trip is, plan ahead to get your eyes checked to ensure everything is well and that you are prepared if you do need anything. After all you will want to take in all those beautiful sights and memories.

Have you ever heard any strange, funny or just plain weird eye myths? 


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