Breaking bad eye care habits

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It takes time to develop good eye care habits, but the majority of them are pretty straightforward to implement. These simple improvements will assist you in avoiding future eye problems.

When it comes to our health, the eyes aren't usually the first thing that comes to mind. Most of us have behavior's that contribute to poor eye health and visual problems; follow our advice to keep your eyes healthy for years to come.

1) Excessive screen time

Is it harmful to your eyes to look at a phone screen? You're probably aware that gazing at computer displays and other digital devices all day is bad for your eyes. When we rely on screens for work, entertainment and even directions, a digital detox may seem unattainable. Try to take regular pauses by following the 20/20/20 rule; stare 20 feet into the distance for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

2) Insufficient sleep

Sleep deprivation can have a detrimental influence on your whole health, especially your eyes. We can get dry eyes and discomfort if we don't get enough sleep.

3) Not getting regular eye exams

Your eyes should be examined every two years, or sooner if your optometrist recommends it. Any potential eye infections will be detected by a professional before they progress. If you've noticed a change in your eyesight, make an appointment for a sight test right away.


4) Failure to wear safety glasses

As a result of the lockdown, many of us are refurbishing our houses and gardens. DIY can be a fun and cost-effective way to freshen things up, but make sure you're using eye protection at all times. When you're doing the following, you should also wear goggles; drilling, painting, swimming, oil-based frying, while using chemicals or cutting the grass.

5) Failure to wear sunglasses

We still need to wear sunglasses on overcast days. Even when the sun isn't shining, UV radiation can harm our eyes. Carry a pair of UV-protecting sunglasses with you at all times to ensure you're protected.


6) Wearing makeup to bed

We all know that sleeping with our makeup on is bad, but did you realize that it can also cause blindness? For 25 years, a woman had not properly removed her mascara, resulting in sub-conjunctival concretions. 

7) Rubbing your eyes or touching them

If you must touch your eyes, make sure you wash your hands first, as dirt from your hands could be transferred to your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, it's extremely vital to use clean hands when putting them on and taking them off. It's also vital not to massage your eyes because this might cause retinal scrapes and inflammation.

8) Smoking

Smoking increases your chance of vision loss by causing eye illnesses such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. To safeguard your eyes, stop smoking; if you're having problems quitting on your own, your doctor can offer advise on how to do so.

If your eyes are irritated, you can use eye drops to relieve them, but remember that too much of a good thing can be harmful. When you use eye drops to frequently, your natural tears, which are more effective in moisturizing your eyes, are washed away. Use your eye drops according to the instructions on the package or as prescribed by your optometrist. Click here to book an appointment with us to know more about your eyes.


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