Fact or fiction
Eating carrots will help me see
Nutrition is very important in maintaining the health of your eyes, in particular, vitamins A, D and E as well as anti-oxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin.
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and will definitely help in keeping your eyes healthy; however carrots are not guaranteed to prevent eyesight problems.
All vitamins should be taken as part of a balanced diet.
I only need to get my eyes tested before my driving test!
Of course you should get your eyes tested before your driving test, however regular eye examinations prior to this will reassure you that your vision is good and your eyes are healthy for all the activities you do as part of daily living.
For example did you know that if you have a colour deficiency there are certain jobs you cannot do?
My parents have diabetes so I am more at risk of developing it
Diabetes can be hereditary so it is worth being aware of this. If you do develop diabetes, your eyes may be affected, especially if your diabetes is not controlled very well, so yearly eye examinations are important to check the health of your eyes.
I have a cataract so I can’t drive
This statement very much depends on how the cataract is affecting your vision.
A cataract usually develops gradually over time. Often glasses and a tint on your lenses will improve your vision; however the optometrist will tell you if the cataract has progressed far enough so as to affect your driving ability. Once it gets to the stage where it is causing a hindrance to your everyday life, it is worth looking into the possibility of cataract removal.