Our eyes are the greatest boons Mother Nature has offered us. But most of us take them for granted. Our eyes are one of the most important organs in the body yet the most neglected part when it comes to proper care. We all know that watching TV closely can hurt your eyes to the core. But, what other habits are damaging your eyesight? Let’s unveil.
Changes in the vision are often uncontrollable and deteriorate with age, but a few things can negatively affect the vision. Whether it is swimming with your contact lenses or watching TV too close, some everyday activities can leave your eyes dry, itchy, or worse with “infections.” The problem is that ignoring your eyes’ health can affect your vision in the long term.
10 Seemingly Everyday Habits That Are Damaging Your Eyesight
“Prevention is better than cure.” This is truer when it comes to eye health. So, what an everyday habit might seem harmless to you, is something that is damaging your eyesight and eyes deeply. Hence, make sure that you are not worsening the vision even by accident. Here are ten such habits to make a note of:
1. Rubbing The Eyes
This certainly gives a great relief for a moment, but simultaneously, you are spreading bacteria and dirt to the eyes. Doing this often will only transfer germs that cause “pink eye.”
Well, this is just a simple problem. Now, if you have the habit of rubbing your eyes frequently on a daily basis, then the worse is yet to come. Eye rubbing is strongly connected to permanent corneal damage. Heard of keratoconus? It is an eye disorder where the cornea completely thins and starts to bulge externally. It can even break the delicate vessels surrounding the eyes.
Whenever you feel a foreign object in your eyes, rubbing it will only send the debris deeper. Rather, blink quickly because this will generate tears and help in washing the dirt away. Even if this trick fails, use eye drops.
2. Staring At Your Phone Screen
One of the major impacts technology has on our bodies is certainly eyes. Every day we end up staring at our smart phones for hours, trying to scroll and read those tiny texts. Prolonged eyestrain can lead to disasters, and you might not realize this now because it happens too slowly. It causes blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, and dry eyes. So, for every 20 minutes, make sure to take a break from your phone. Also, increase the font size of your phone.
3. Reading In Low or Dim Light
Even though dim or low lighting won’t adversely affect the eyesight, it definitely will make your eyes tired quickly. So, the right way to place your reading light is to let it shine onto the book directly and never over your shoulders. The light that is over your shoulders will only cause glare and makes it harder for you to read the material.
4. Using Eye Makeup That Is Expired
Yes, as a girl, you will find it painful to throw that expired favorite mascara of yours, especially when there is still half left but if you are going to use it when it has crossed the expiry date, it is going to do a lot of harm to your eyes. Using expired makeup products on the eyes can cause itchiness and sometimes, even a nasty infection. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends throwing away the eye makeup products after 3 months. While some health experts say that 6-9 months is okay for mascara & eyeshadows, it is good to be safe.
5. Looking At The Computer Above Your Eye Level
Working on the computer all day along and then using social media at free time or at night has certainly created havoc in our eyes. They become too tired and dry. American Optometric Association defines these symptoms as CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome). This condition is more commonly seen in people who spend 2+ hours continuously watching their computers in a day.
To control or prevent CVS, adjust your workstation. Your computer has to be 15-20° below your eye level & 20-27 inches distance from the eyes. With these, you need to ensure to take frequent breaks, which doctors often call it as the 20-20-20 rule. After every 20 minutes, look at something that is at a distance of 20 feet for about 20 seconds.
6. Avoiding Orange Vegetables & Fruits
Fruits and vegetables that are orange in color like carrots and oranges are the best super foods for your eyes because they are enriched with vitamin A and supplement all the nutrients that your vision needs. Now, if you deprive yourself of foods that are good for eyes, your vision is bound to deteriorate faster.
7. Watching Television At Night
Not only TV but also looking at any screen before bedtime, especially in a dark environment can be highly damaging to your eyesight. This is because the rays emitted from these equipments change rapidly. Hence, your eyes work harder to process these modifications. Gradually, it leads to pain, headaches, eye strain, redness, and dry eyes. What’s worse is that it messes with your daily sleep routine too.
8. Overusing The Eye Drops
Yes, they do help in alleviating dry eyes but only temporarily. Hence, using them frequently could irritate the eyes after some months. According to AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology), nonprescription eye drops do not improve your eyes’ health. Instead, they only make them appear less pink or red. So, use eye drops only for a short time. If you experience any irritation, stop using them and meet a specialist.
9. Sleeping With Your Contacts
Yeah, so you had a hectic day, and you are all too tired. But this isn’t an excuse or reason to take your contact lenses out. Doing this will only increase the risk of eye infections and even permanent damage. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has reported that an estimated 1 million Americans meet an eye doctor every year just to treat infections that come along with wearing contacts. So, make sure to remove them with clean hands before going to sleep.
10. Not Sleeping Properly
Improper sleep or sleep deprivation is known for damaging your eyesight badly. Not just that. It also leads to multiple health issues like headaches, poor immune function, depression, insomnia, and so on. Further, it causes other problems like pain, blurry vision, eye twitching, and redness. So make sure that you are getting 7-8 hours of good sleep every night. Also, put down your phone one hour before going to bed.