10 Habits to Avoid for Healthy Eyesight
1. Forgetting to wear sunglasses: UV exposure can damage the retina and put you at risk for eye diseases like cataracts. If you wear contacts, choosing a brand with UV protection can add an extra layer of defense.
2. Wearing old contact lenses: increases your chances infection. Sleeping in your contacts, sharing them, or having dirty cases may cause blurry vision.
3. Eye rubbing: can break the fragile vessels in the eye and lead to keratoconus. Blinking rapidly or drops are best for getting debris out and avoiding transferring germs to your eyes.
4. Wearing contacts in the pool: Acanthamoeba, which can cause blindness, is the worst bacteria that can be introduced from water.
5. Using expired eye makeup: Three months use is the recommended limit by the AOP or you risk infection.
6. Smoking: Is associated with a higher risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. These are the leading cause of vision loss among people over 50, and smoking actually doubles your risk of developing them.
7. Screens all day: When you’re straining to read your blink rate actually decreases. Without tears, eyes begin to dry and tire, which causes blurry vision.
8. Forgoing safety goggles: Many eye injuries occur at home doing everyday chores like cleaning the house with harsh chemicals or using a nail gun for your Pinterest-inspired DIY project.
9. Skipping your annual eye exam: You may be straining without realizing and risk vision loss if diseases aren't found early.
10. Overusing red drops: These drops work by constricting the vessels but overusing can lead to a rebound redness.