NewsNew trend on TikTok. Ophthalmologists are raising the alarm

New trend on TikTok. Ophthalmologists are raising the alarm

The new trend from TikTok is harmful to our eyesight.
The new trend from TikTok is harmful to our eyesight.
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1:45 PM EDT, October 14, 2023

Vitamins, moisturizing drops, working in appropriate conditions - these are just some of the ways to take care of our vision. According to TikTok users, staring at the sun can also contribute to this! The latest trend is called "sun gazing" and, according to ophthalmologists, it is very dangerous.

TikTok is a place for setting new trends, especially for Generation Z. Here, they can post short videos which don't require descriptions as on Facebook, or beautiful photos like on Instagram. Both categories and specific hashtags are used for setting new trends.

Does staring at the sun benefit our health?

The latest loud trend on TikTok is called "sun gazing", which means "staring at the sun". People who practice this believe that it has health benefits for both the eyes and the whole body. According to TikTok users, this increases the level of melatonin and serotonin (the happiness hormone) or even rebuilds the structure of our bones. Tens of thousands of people have already viewed videos with the hashtag "sun gazing" on TikTok.

Contrary to what TikTok users claim, this is not a safe practice. Ophthalmologists warn against it.

Doctors are raising the alarm

The more popular "sun gazing" becomes on TikTok, the louder the voices of opposition from ophthalmologists become.

Remember how in the case of a solar eclipse, we equipped ourselves with special glasses to admire it? It didn't happen for no reason. Looking directly at the sun is not only not beneficial, but it can also damage our eyesight. It may in fact damage it. It also has a detrimental effect on our complexion.

Doctors appeal: looking at the sun should only be done in sunglasses with UV filters, which will protect us from ultraviolet radiation. In addition, we must remember about creams with filters, also in the fall and winter, which will protect our skin from changes that can even lead to cancer.

Why are creams with sunscreen important all year round? The reason is simple. In the fall and winter, our skin's exposure to the sun is shorter, and we are often covered with many layers of clothing. However, it's important to remember that the sun is in a lower position, making its radiation stronger.

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