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Misconceptions about your eyes. Ophthalmology Myths!

October 11, 2006

The great tragedy of Science — the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
–Thomas Henry Huxley


Myth: All defective eyes can be replaced.
“This simply cannot be done,” says Dr Meenakshi Bhagali, Ophthalmologist. “A corneal transplant is possible only if the inner mechanism of the eye is working and the cornea (transparent covering) is damaged,” she says.

Myth: One can see immediately after an eye operation, like in the movies.
“Actually it can take weeks or months for sight to become normal,” explains Dr Bhagali.

Myth: The number of one’s spectacles can be reduced by exercise and diet.
Dr Chandresh Parekh, ophthalmologist, warns us against believing this and reiterates that “it has no scientific basis.”

Myth: Squints need not be treated.
“Squints should always be treated and that too immediately “as the eye could deteriorate into a ‘lazy eye’, which is a far more serious condition,” says Dr Parekh. Luckily, treatment can start as early as six months.

Myth: Those with just one number on their spectacles have healthier eyes as compared to those with a higher number.
“The number of the eye does not indicate the weakness or strength of eyes,” says Dr Parekh.“An eye’s health is shown by other factors like cataract, glaucoma and some other conditions.”

(Published in the Times of India, 2006)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. WEL permalink
    April 10, 2008 5:10 am


    I had eye surgery and in the post-op pack was MAXIDEX(dexamethasone) drops by Alcon Labs.

    Two days later I was BLIND


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