If your eyes could talk to you, would they say you are giving them all the love they deserve? These two small orbs in your head help you every day to “make it happen,” and they need regular care. Let’s see how you are treating your peepers by having you read a list of common eye care mistakes (Source: Health). If you answer “yes” to any of these eye care no-no’s, you owe your eyes an apology and a promise to do better to care for them properly! Here we go:
- Only wearing sunglasses when it is sunny— Ultraviolet rays are just as strong in the winter as in the summer because sunlight reflects off snow. Choose sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.
- Touching and rubbing your eyes— Fully close your eye when you have to touch or rub it, or you could cause broken blood vessels and inflammation. Eye tissue also is susceptible to collecting germs so wash hands often.
- Sleeping in contact lenses— Contacts prevent oxygen from reaching the cornea, which can make the cornea vulnerable to bacterial growth and infection. When you are home from work, remove your contacts earlier in the evening and give your eyes a break by wearing your glasses. This will prevent you from falling asleep in your lenses.
- Using expired eye products— Contact lenses, solution and eye drops all have expiration dates. Sterile solution can break down over time, making cleaners that kill bacteria ineffective. Also, do not rinse or store contacts in anything but contact solution. You put your eyes at risk for infection.
- Sleeping in your makeup— Eye makeup can clog glands and irritate the skin. Remove makeup to help prevent pimples and styes from developing.
- Applying eyeliner to the waterline— Putting eyeliner in the inside of the lower eyelid can cause bacterial infection. Pencils are preferable to liquid liner because pencils are worn down to expose a “new” tip.
- Staring at electronic devices— Everyone is guilty of this. Not giving your eyes regular breaks from digital screens like televisions, smartphones, tablets and computers can cause eye strain, headaches and fatigue. Use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away for at least 20 seconds at something at least 20 feet away.
- Not getting annual comprehensive eye exams— Eye exams are the best “gift” that you can give your eyes. Eye exams are a window into your overall health and are instrumental in assessing your whole-body wellness as well as diagnosing eye issues.
- Relying on eye drops— Many people overuse redness-reducing eye drops, which shrink blood vessels temporarily. If you experience consistent eye redness, visit your eye doctor so you can get to the root of the problem.
We often don’t appreciate something until it is gone, but vision is too precious to take for granted. Our sight is probably the sense that we rely upon most, and it requires maintenance and care. Take time to preserve your vision by caring for your eyes. It begins with a comprehensive eye exam to assess your eye health.