Are you squandering your eyesight? Stop, your eyes are precious! In this post, we are revealing 10 bad habits that you are probably doing right now that hurts your vision!
1) Skipping your routine eye check
We know that it can be an hassle to visit us for an eye check. However with regular eye check, we can pick up signs & symptoms from your eyes that telling signs that they are feeling not quite alright. Even if you feel that your vision is perfect, there is still a chance that you may squint/strain your eyes without knowing. Early detection of eye diseases can make a huge difference in saving your eyesight!
2) Forgetting to put on sunglasses
Prolong exposure of UV can cause great damage to your retina and put your eyes at risk of developing several eye conditions such as cataracts or abnormal growths. It is very important that you put on a UV-blocking sunglasses to kick away UVA and UVB from your eyes. If you prefer to wear contact lenses, choosing a brand that provides UV protection can give you an extra protection – ACUVUE contact lenses are known to have UV-blocking properties that can provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorder. Please take note of this.
3) Using old contact lenses
It may sound harmless to wear those 1 day contact lenses for the second day, but you may not be aware that you are risking your eyes for infection. Also, do not share your contact lenses with your peers to prevent cross-contamination!
4) Rubbing your eyes with your fingers
After rubbing your eyes, you may experience a good good relief. Do you know that you are spreading bacteria and dirt into your eyes when you rub them? You transfer germs into your eyes and usually bacteria causes pink eye.
5) Wearing contact lenses in the swimming pool/shower
If you wear your contact lenses in any form of water such as pool, shower or the ocean, you are allowing bacteria known as acanthamoeba into your eyes. This tiny micro-organism thrives well in fresh water and soil. Although it can be rare but can cause serious infection – such as blindness or permanent damage!
6) Wearing makeup that are expired
You may feel the heartache when you discard your favourite mascara stick when half of the tube is used only. Wearing expired makeup can cause irritation to your eyes and contact lenses, therefore causing a very nasty eye infection. According to an ophthalmologist, eye make up should be discarded away after three months. A good rule of thumb is to discard when it gets clumpy. Do not add water, it will just give more bacteria a more comfortable environment to live.
Without any explanation, we all know that smoking is bad for your lungs. But how much damage do you know smoking can cause to your eyes? By smoking, you are increasing the risk of getting cataracts and age-related macular degeneration(AMD) which affects your your central vision. When you have AMD, this damaged part of the retina begins to further deteriorate and so does your eyesight. Smoking is the top leading cause of vision loss and when you smoke, you are double risking it!
8) Over-relying on “red eye” eye drop
After a day out, you have probably felt that your eyes are tired. You reached out to your eye drop and dripped a few drops onto your eyes. However, if you are over-using this eye drop, you could actually bring damage to your eyes. It could actually cause the öpposite effect” by inviting more “redness”. How? This miracle eye drop constricts your blood vessel and when you over-use them, it could rebound redness as well. INSTEAD: Take an eye break, close your eyes for a moment or use artificial tear-drop.
9) Staring at your mobile phone (you’re probably doing it now)
Flooding your eyes with blue light actually decreases your blink rate. When you blink less, your tear production goes down as well. Without lubrication, our eyes begin to feel tired and dry which cause blurry vision. This feeling of unclear vision could last for a moment but will give you a headache. For every 20 minutes of screen time, take a break by looking an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. 20-20-20!
10) Not wearing your prescription glasses
We can totally relate this with you, at certain time you may realize that your glasses slips down non-stop or it can be too tight on both of your temple. A poorly fitted glasses can cause headache and that is why we emphasize on this. If you have any poorly fitted glasses, we are more than happy to adjust it to your comfort level!
We hope you like our article, and if you have any other tips that you want to recommend, please share them in the comments below!