VIJAY TIMES, BANGALORE
II ., THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2005 HEALTH & FITNESS
Myth Fact Myth Myth Fact.
Reading in a moving bus increases Potentially blinding 7ye Eyes can be transplanted. A diabetic need not have his eyes Diabetic retinopathy is related to
the power of your lens. infections can result from usmg examined if his vision is good. the duration of diabetes and not
ITH a little knowledge of Fact contact lenses while swimming or Fact the blood sugar levels.
the human. body one Reading in a moving bus though wearing them while sleeping. The eye cannot be transplanted, 1t Diabetic retinopathy can progress
almost claims to be a not advisable only contributes to is connected to the brain QY the to an advanced stage without affect- Myth
doctor in his. own righl.· Little eye strain and fatigue. Myth optic .' nerve, which cannot be ing the central vision. Early recogni- Laser treatment will reverse the
wonder then, that one receives aU Being squint is a temporary phase reconnected once it has been sev-' tion can stop the progression and damage already done.
sorts of absurd and innocuous Myth in childhood. ered. Cornea-the clear front part prevent permanent blindness. Fact
advise. Eye care is no different. Let's Wearing ill-fitting contacts does Fact of the eye-can be transplanted. Laser treatment can only prevent fur-
bust some common misconcep- not harm your eyes .: A child whose eyes are. misaligned Surgeons . often use ',plastic :Myth ther progression. It cannot reverse
tions and myths about. how one. Fact has strabismus (squint) and can intraocular lens implants (lOLs)' [f my blood sugar is under control, :?~.~~~.~.~~.?Y.??n.~.~o.~~.,:,,~n.~ ..1II
can' adversely affect or impair his Ill-fitting contact lenses can be· develop poor vision in one eye (a to replace natural lenses.removed . I" will . not.:. develop diabetic The author is a consultant in
vision. harmful to your cornea. 'Get your condition known as amblyopia) during cataract surgery; . retinopathy, . paediatric opthamology
eyes checked regularly by your because the brain turns off themis-
Myth ophthalmologist 'if you wear con- aligned or 'lazy" eye, The sooner
Reading in dim light is harmful for tact lenses. . . . crossed or misaligned eyes are your self-esteem and your feelings of sexuality but
the eyes. treated, the less likely the child will you're likely to suffer from' blood vessel disease which
Fact Myth have permanently impaired vision. can 'reduce blood flow to the genitals. .
Although reading in dim light can Eye exercises and eating lots of car- Keep fit. Moderate regular exercising will help
make your eyes feel tired, it is not rots can reduce the power. . Myth _., _. Feel good about yourself Nothing reduces your improve blood flow to the sex organs. In addition, exer-
harmful. Fact A cataract must be ripe before it interest in sex more than low self-esteem. Pamper cise helps you feel good about yourself. Anything that
Although eating a nutritious diet can be removed. yourself when you're' feeling down and take some time improves self-esteem will improve libido. .
Myth including fresh fruits and vegetables Fact to relax or indulge in an activity that makes you feel - Stop smoking. Smoking can have a terrible affect on
Working on the computer for long is good for the eye tissues, it cannot With modern techniques, a better... . . blood flow as it causes the blood ves-
hours is harmful for the eyes . reduce the power. Short sight is usu-' cataract does not have ro .ripen Gingko biloba: This herbal remedy \. sels to constrict.' It also -saps your
Fact ally due to increase in the length of before it is removed.. When: a made from the leaves of the gingko stamina
Although using a computer moni- the eyeball and this cannot be . cataract keeps you from doing the biloba tree, improves blood flow to Aphrodisiacs. There is no magic
tor is associated with eye strain or . reduced by exercises or diet,
. fatigue; it is not harmful to the eyes.
things you need to .do, consider
. having it removed. .; ....
the brain and the sexual organ. It is
believed to have an enhancing effect
.r love potion but aphrodisiacs can be
fun. Often they are food that look
Myth upon desire, excitement and sexually suggestive like asparagus.
Myth . You do not need to have-your eyes orgasm. Others, like oysters, gain their love-
Watching 'IV for long .hours will checked until you are in your 40's Myth . .: Massage. Massages can do won- inducing 'reputation by containing
result in short sight. or 50's. Cataracts can be removed" with ders for sexual arousal particularly if antioxidants arid trace elements
Fact Fact lasers without any Incision or you're stressed, worried or angry. necessary for good sexual function-
Watching 'IV may tire the eyes, but There are several asymptomatic, surgery. . Arrange for soft lighting injhe room ing. For example, oysters are packed
will not result in short sight. yet treatable,' eye diseases (most Fact with soothing music. Start massag- with zinc, a mineral central to
notably glaucoma) that cari begin Cataract cannot be removed with a ing your partner's back, . fertility. '
MYth prior to reaching your 40's. Periodic .laser. The cloudy lens must be Eat the right things. If your body becomes frail due to _ Drink in moderation. One alcoholic beverage can
Ill-fitting glasses damage your eyes. eye check ups once in at least two removed through a surgical inci- bad health sex invariably suffers. Fruits and vegetables lubricate a nervous first-date situation. By reducing
Fact years is advisable for everyone. sion. However, after the cataract ensure good health. The vitamins and antioxidants will anxiety and stress one drink can help get you in the
Although good fitting glasses are surgery, a
membrane wlthln the help malntaingood blood flowto the sex organs and mood for sox. But beware, alcohol is a depressant, too
required for good vision, III-fitting Myth eye may become loudy. Thla prev nt certain chronJc diseases, much booze and you can end up with quite the oppo-
glnss s d nOI damag tho yes. Ills okay to sleep or swim with soft In rnbrane on b tr nred wlth Iml' w IRlll. H hlR ov IW IRht an alT t not only sil probl m .•
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