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  • Practice to be followed by spectacle users and operated persons.

    Have a query about the usage of spectacles by people with low vision and those who are operated for cataract? Searching for medical advice and opinion for the same? Check out this Ask Expert page for advice from the ISC medical fraternity.

    I am a spectacle user since 1976 and as advised by my eye doctor I remove my specs only when go to bed. I follow this till now. But I am surprised to see that some people even my own brothers do not follow this and they only wear specs as and when they think tho,ugh they are advised by doctors similar to me. When they receive a call in mobile they see without specs but with much strain. Will this not affect their vision?
    2.Similarly some persons got operated for cataract or otherwise do wear specs regularly. I understand that they need not wear specs but suggested to wear on necessity. Is their practice correct?
    Why this contrary behaviour among people?
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  • It all depends on the advice of the doctor.
    If the doctor advised you to wear the spectacles continuously, you should follow that.
    Generally, many doctors advise the patient to use the spectacles continuously so that there will not be much strain on the eyes. If we are not using them the vision may get affected and very frequently we may have to change the glasses. Once you have a long vision problem or short vision problem, it will not be constant and we have to get it checked as advised by the doctor or at least once in two years. If we use glasses irregularly the change may become fast and we may have to go for the change of glasses very frequently.
    Even after a cataract operation also if there is a necessity we have to use glasses. My father underwent a cataract operation for both eyes. He was advised to wear the glasses even after the operation by the doctor and my father was using them.
    Here we have no choice except following the suggestion and advise given by the doctor.

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  • I do not know much about the science of vision but I can comment on my spec wearing experience. My spec number or vision is the same for the last four years. I do not wear the spec when I am in my home. I only wear the spec during my stay outside the home be it office or during shopping or any social function. I think that my eye should not have the habit of spec every time. This is my experience. It can be a different viewpoint for others.

    Dr. Paresh B. Gujarati.
    Mechanical Engineer.
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  • If the power of eyes of any person is less, then he should use specs at all times, as advised by the doctor, he should follow it. . Nowadays, all doctors recommend that specs should be kept at all times, which is also appropriate according to today's routine. If your eyes are weak, then there is a tear in the veins of the eyes when you see the bin specs. Not using specs properly may cause the following problems to bother you in the future -
    1. It is often seen that people are careless about specs and this can result in a big problem for their eyesight and the ability to see.
    2. Nowadays, children get specs at a very early age and they also follow the advice of the doctors, so the number also increases in the future and the problem may take a big shape. Even if the child is given a light number, get it done.
    3. Nowadays people spend most of their time on either mobile or laptop or TV, so their eyes are frequently exposed to different rays which are very harmful to the eyes, if you use specs, then you can protect your eyes from these rays.
    4. By the way, reading a lot does not affect the texture of the eye, but still reading by lay and reading in low light reduces the power capacity of the eyes.
    Many people are negligent even while buying specs, take care of some things while buying glasses:
    - The lens and frame of the glasses should be comfortable and well fitted and the glasses should cover the eye completely.
    - The frame is low in weight and does not put much pressure on the nose and ears.
    - Both hands should be used while wearing and removing glasses and always keep the glasses clean. When looking at the stained specs, the pressure on the eyes reads, which is harmful.

    Checkup in 6 months - You should get your eyes tested once in every 6 machines because it is necessary to know the ability to see eyes. If any eye drops are given by the doctor, then put them in the eyes regularly. This proves very helpful in reducing the pain in the veins of your eyes.

  • 1. People who do not follow the doctor's advice of not wearing eyeglasses or specs and only wear specs as and when they think due to any reason like; it doesn't suit their face, specs are uncomfortable, is unfashionable, people teasing them, can see clearly, etc. should be careful as it can weaken the eyes further which can result in poor vision, increase in specs number, put strain on your eye. So for proper eye care and good vision choose to wear your spectacles at all times. Along with wearing your specs at all times, ensure to keep your spectacle lenses clean from dust, speckled or blurry glasses as it can interrupt your vision and even cause a headache. When you step out in the sun for long hours, make sure to use spectacles that provide 100% UV protection. Always select lightweight and correct fitting specs as wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitted specs can stress and worsen your vision. While selecting lenses for your specs, go for Impact resistant lenses i.e. polycarbonate lenses as they do not break or shatter during accidents or normal circumstances and are a safer alternative to regular lenses.

    2. Cataracts is a condition wherein the lens of the eye forms cloudy spots or an opaque lens that slowly impact the loss of vision. The changes can be seen as haziness or blurriness, trouble with night vision, yellowing or darkening of the colors around us, increased sensitivity to light, double vision in one eye, and milky white or yellowish spot on lost vision, etc. Usually, people above 40 are affected but it can also be due to disease (diabetes mellitus or glaucoma), genetic, nutritional deficiencies, gender (Women have a slightly higher risk than men) ultraviolet radiation, or eye trauma. A cataract is caused because of damaged proteins in the lens which lumps together and obstruct vision. There are several kinds of cataracts that have different causes and symptoms that look different in the eye that can be understood through an eye exam by the optometrist or eye specialist.

    Changes in lifestyle slow down can slow down the progress of a cataract in your eye after it has begun. Some of it is: quit smoking or drinking or reducing alcohol consumption, eat a healthier diet, wearing sunglasses blocking UV rays, avoid steroids/drug substances, and take vitamin supplements like vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, zeaxanthin, and lutein, following doctors' advice by monitoring chronic illnesses like diabetes and blood sugar.

    Once the cataract surgery is done some people may need glasses or contact lens while others will not. Some of the factors that influence the need for continued wear of glasses, part-time wearing, reading glasses, or none at all post-cataract surgery are Overall health of your eye, your current eyeglass number, type of artificial lens implanted into your eye during cataract surgery i.e. Astigmatism-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs), etc. Even if the type of lens selected, one may still have to depend on glasses for a time but your IOLs selected can greatly reduce your dependence on glasses in the future.

    Some of the things you can do to keep your eyes healthy are:
    a) Every year or two, get a complete eye exam. If you have diabetes or a family history of eye disease, do make it a point to visit your eye doctor every six months¬ to a year.
    b) Quit smoking and drinking.
    c) Always wear sunglasses (that block out both UVA and UVB light) while going out in the sun for long hours.
    d) Eat healthy and nutrient-rich food.
    e) Take vitamin supplements like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, zeaxanthin, and lutein which are important nutrients for eye health.
    f) Try different types of eye exercises like Focus change, 20-20-20 rule, Near and far focus, Figure-eight, etc. that can help with eyestrain, provide eye comfort, and improve vision.

    “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." — Morrie Schwartz

  • If you have a poor vision then you must follow the doctor advice. Many people are seen as careless about their eyesight despite having a sight problem. Such a person may face severe eye problem in future. Many times people don't prefer to use aspects because of fashion, looks change etc. But, the doctor always recommends that If you want to have eye power in a static position then you must wearing spectacles continuously whether stay at home or go outside. Those person who underwent a cataract operation or another kind of eye surgery must always wear spectacles.
    Here are some tips which you can try to keep healthy eyesight are as follows:-
    1. You should do eye exercise daily which can improve your vision.
    2. Always use sunglasses while going outside as it protects from UV rays.
    3. Eat vitamin A containing food such as almond, carrot, spinach, papaya etc which is healthy for eyesight.
    4. Regular eye check-up every 6 months is necessary for healthy sight.

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