We all know that our eyes play a very important role in our everyday lives. However despite knowing that, it seems that we still sometimes forget to take care of our eyes properly. Worse still, it turns out that some of our seemingly innocuous habits are actually detrimental to our eyes’ wellbeing. Luckily, we have some information here about which of these little mannerisms contribute to eye aging and what we can do to stem these bad habits.
- Going out into the sunlight without sunglasses. Believe it or not, although it might not seem so these days, sunglasses serve a more practical purpose other than making us look cool and helping celebrities go about their errands anonymously. Sunglasses are actually pretty great for shielding our eyes from the blinding rays of the sun. Shades with excellent UV protection will keep your retina from being damaged and help you decrease the risk of cataract development.
- Using old eye makeup. With the exception of food, some of us don’t really mind using older or expired things and makeup is one of the things that frequently get a free pass. Unfortunately, what we might not realize is that old makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria that may cause infection, so think twice before caking that expired eye shadow on.
- Rubbing our eyes. This is one of the first things we do when get up in the morning so it’s pretty much ingrained in our systems. However, if you can avoid this action or do it less vigorously, it may keep the skin around your eyes looking young for far longer. Skin experts have found that rubbing one’s eyes can cause dark circles and early development of crow’s feet and droopy eyelids. Still, if excessive eye rubbing has caused your eyelids to look older than they should be, cosmetic surgeons can treat this successfully.
Another thing to watch out for when rubbing one’s eyes is keratoconus. This is a real risk for people with more fragile corneas who subject their eyes to prolonged or hard eye rubbing. In these cases, the cornea becomes distorted and begins to cause significant vision loss.
- Shrugging off our eye exams. It’s typical for many people to skip out on check-ups unless they’re feeling sick. That said, most eye doctors recommend scheduling regular eye exams even if you don’t think there’s anything wrong with your eyes. Your optometrist can help you find out if you have any conditions that may affect your vision such as high blood pressure or diabetes, as well as teach you ways to prevent further eye problems.
- Not using our contact lenses properly. Sometimes we get lazy about taking out our contact lenses but wearing them while swimming or in the bath is a big no-no as certain organisms like “acanthamoeba keratitis” thrive in impure water and may get stuck in our lenses as we bathe. Additionally, contact lenses may absorb water and swell, changing the way they fit on our eyes. For safety, it’s really best to follow the directions given to us by our optometrists.
It’s interesting to find out that these habits we don’t really give too much thought to have an impact on our eyes and vision but it’s also great to know that there are things we can do to help protect our eyes from infection as well as wear and tear.
And for those who want to know more about how to take care of their eyes, it’s always advisable to consult with an eye doctor like Dr. Hetel Bhakta, board certified optometric physician and owner of Planet Vision Eyecare in Greenacres, Florida.
Dr. Bhakta can be contacted to treat problems like dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as for urgent eye care.