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For some people, lying down or lying down is the most comfortable position for reading. However, this habit is said to make the eyes minus or nearsightedness. Medically, is this assumption proven to be true?
Myopia or minus eye is a visual disorder that makes it difficult for the sufferer to see distant objects clearly. A person with minus eye generally needs vision aids, such as glasses or contact lenses, to be able to see distant objects more in focus.
Facts about Reading While Lying Cause Minus Eyes
Minus eye occurs due to abnormalities in the eyeball, namely the shape of the eyeball is elongated. This makes the reflected light that enters the eye not focus on the retina of the eye, so vision will appear blurry when the eye sees objects that are far away.
Minus eye can occur since childhood, but it can also only develop when someone is older.
Disorders in the eyeball that make minus eyes can be caused by several factors, including genetic or hereditary factors, often reading books too closely, and the habit of staring at the gadget screen for too long. Sometimes, minus eye can also occur in patients with diabetes and cataracts.
Until now, there is no research or data that can prove that reading in a lying position can cause minus eyes. Even so, this assumption is not completely wrong, you know.
The reason is, when you are reading while lying down, without you realizing it, maybe the distance between the book and your eyes is often too close. In addition, because you feel comfortable lying down while reading, you may also not notice that the light in your room is not bright enough.
Well, these two things are at risk of causing minus eyes or making minus eyes worse.
Tips to Prevent Minus Eyes
Eyes are windows to the world. So, you are advised to always maintain eye he alth and avoid bad habits that can damage your eyesight.
The following are some tips you can do to prevent minus eye and maintain eye he alth:
- Get used to reading in a bright place and keep the distance between the book and eyes about 25–30 cm when reading.
- After 20 minutes of staring at a book or gadget, rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at another object that is approximately 6 meters away.
- Consumption of he althy foods for the eyes, namely foods that contain lots of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and lutein, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, fish, seafood, nuts, eggs, and fruits.
- Regular exercise.
- Do regular eye exams at least every 1 or 3 years.
Those are facts about minus eyes and the habit of reading while lying down as well as tips to prevent minus eyes that you can do. By applying the tips above, reading in any position, including lying down, will certainly not damage your eyesight.
If you have difficulty seeing distant objects accompanied by other complaints, such as frequent headaches, tired eyes, frequent blinking, and frequent rubbing of your eyes, you should consult an ophthalmologist for an eye examination.