Have you ever asked yourself if you are giving your eyes the care they deserve? I think, your answer is probably No and you are not alone in that. Many people around the world don’t pay much attention to their eyes and they are not aware of how much damage they can cause to their eye health by doing some bad things which they consider normal. To help you develop good habits regarding your eye health, here are 4 mistakes you should consider avoiding them as they can cause so much damage to your eyes.
1. Rubbing Your Eyes: This is one of the most common bad things that people do to their eyes. Even if you are not wearing contact lenses, rubbing your eyes can have a bad effect on your eyes. The poking and rubbing motion can damage the mucous membranes, or moist tissues that protect your eyes, leading to bacteria accumulation, inflammation, conjunctivitis, or a broken blood vessel.
2. Wearing Your Contacts Too Long: Unfortunately, some people tend to stretch the wear of their contacts in order to save some money or because it so more convenient. The issue is that contacts sit on top of your corneas, which don’t have blood vessels to bring oxygen to them. Your tears are tasked with that job instead, but they can’t reach your corneas as well with the contacts acting as a shield.
Next, your contacts form a film around them that will build up if they’re not cleaned regularly. This buildup can also block the flow of oxygen to your corneas. The end result is that, due to a lack of sufficient oxygen, your corneas may break down and become more vulnerable to germs.
3. Overusing of Electronic Devices: That electronic screen on your laptop, desktop, smartphone, tablet, television, and e-reader, if they emit a blue light backdrop are deemed as damaging as staring at the sun’s ultraviolet rays, according to eye care professionals. This is why most eye doctors caution those who work at computers all day long to take regular breaks throughout the day (approximately every 20-minutes) to look off into the distance, blink, and refocus your eyes.
4. Not Wearing Sunglasses: Sunglasses are very important not only on sunny days. For instance, during winter the sun’s rays are actually stronger when reflected back off the snow, and bright rays can literally burn your corneas, cause spot damage on the whites of the eyes, or cause skin cancer to develop on the eyelids. So wear sunglasses with full coverage and UVA and UVB protection whenever you’re outside