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5 Everyday Habits That Are Hurting Your Vision

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Do you find yourself struggling with focusing your eyes frequently? Do you rub them all the time and never visit your eye doctor? If you do, then you might want to reconsider some of your habits regarding your eyes. There are things we do without even thinking about them, and those things can actually hurt our vision. To help you notice them, here are several everyday habits that are actually hurting your eyesight and how to fix and adjust them. 

Rubbing Your Eyes

This may seem like a harmless thing to do, but it is actually not good for your eye health. Yes, itchy eyes are annoying, but if you rub them frequently you can cause severe damage. With this action, you are increasing your chances of keratoconus (weakened structure of the cornea). Also, if your hands are not clean you are exposing your eye to many bacteria and germs which can cause infection. 

The fix:  use eye drops to clean your eyes and flush out any dirt that is causing the itch. You may even go to your doctor and they might prescribe treatment for conjunctivitis. Another option is a warm compress that can help with itchiness, red eyes, and dryness. 

Not Visiting Your Eye Doctor

You don’t actually have to go to the ophthalmologist every day, but you should still go for regular checkups. An eye doctor can provide you with great tips to keep your eyes healthy and they may be able to detect any health issues that you are not even noticing and even prevent them. There are also other illnesses, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid issues, and many others, that can be actually discovered through an eye exam. Plus, if you already have impaired vision, you might want to go for regular eye exams to avoid further damage. 

The fix: go to your eye doctor at least twice a year. If your eyes are healthy, you can do this once a year, but otherwise, you should schedule regular checkups. It may even happen that your vision is getting worse, and a good doctor will always recommend Lasik surgery or other non-invasive procedures and advice to help you keep your eyes healthy.

Not Removing Your Makeup

Yes, eye makeup can make your eyes pop, but all those chemicals and powders can damage your eyes. Old makeup exposes the eye to dirt and dust which can lead to an infection. Additionally, pieces of makeup can actually get into your eyes and irritate them. However, don’t worry you can still wear your makeup but make sure it’s good. 

The fix: check the expiration dates, always remove your makeup before bed, and avoid touching your eyes without washing your hands. This way, you are protecting your eyes and you get to look amazing, too.

Not Wearing Sunglasses or Wearing Wrong Ones

If you don’t wear sunglasses for whatever reason, start considering them. They are there to protect our eyes from UV exposure and keep our vision in a good condition. However, even though some sunglasses are fashionable and look cool, they might not always provide the best protection. To protect your eyes you should always have glasses that prevent UV rays from reaching your eyes to avoid damage no matter the season. 

The fix: wear sunglasses when you are outside during the day. Also, check their protection against UV. An added bonus is that sunglasses also protect the area around your eyes and prevent early signs of aging. 

Not Removing Your Contact Lenses 

Contact lenses are a great solution if you don’t want to wear glasses, but if you are not taking care of them, they can harm your eyes. You should always make sure to have eye drops to keep both your eyes and lenses moist and dust-free. Also, it may happen that you’re too tired to remove the contacts before going to bed. Removing them is a chore, but sleeping with them is harmful. They block oxygen from your cornea and can cause infection. 

The fix: always remove your contact lenses before bed; even before a nap! If it does happen that you fall asleep with them still inside, make sure to remove them as soon as possible when waking up. If they also seem stuck in your eye afterward, don’t pull them. Instead, give your eyes a break, lubricate richly with the lens solution, and take them out safely. 

As you can see, no matter how much you take good care of your eyes, there are some things we do unconsciously. Rubbing your eyes, old makeup, not going to the doctor, and many other bad habits can actually damage your vision and eye health. You can even consider adding healthier food to the list that will only improve the health of your eyes, and vision. 


Author’s Bio: Eve Anderson is a marketing specialist turned blogger. Interested in sports and exciting travel destinations. Love to share content that can inform people.


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