4 Eye-Damaging Habits You May Not Know You Have

4 Eye-Damaging Habits You May Not Know You Have

Even if you have excellent eye health, you may be treating your eyes poorly without realizing it! Here are a few eye habits you should definitely break if you want to keep your eyes merry and bright.

Failing to wear sun glasses.

We wear sunglasses for fashion and comfort, but they’re more than just an accessory. UV saturation can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts later in life, so it’s important to wear UV ray-blocking sunglasses. And don’t think that cloud cover can protect you from exposure – if clouds are patchy, the rays can become more intense.

Failing to wear protective eyewear

If you’re handling caustic chemicals or performing maintenance work that may expose your eyes to particulate matter, wear protective glasses or goggles.

Most of us have used drain opening fluid at one time or another, but it doesn’t occur to us to wear protective glasses. However, many commercial drain openers contain lye, which can severely damage your eyes if it’s splashed in. Doing yard work or small home repairs can also expose our eyes to particles that can scratch our eyes or cause an infection.

Rubbing your eyes.

Eye-rubbing seems harmless enough, but rubbing the eyes, particularly with bare hands, can lead to eye infections. The pressure can also be damaging to vision in the long-term.

Staring at a computer or smartphone screen for extended periods.

Digital eye strain from staring at the blue light from a computer screen can cause significant discomfort, including headaches, dry eyes, blurry vision, and neck pain. Taking periodic breaks – every 20 minutes or so – may help alleviate the symptoms. There has also been promising research on the efficacy of blue light blocking glasses.

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