Having clear eyesight makes a huge difference in your overall health, well-being and daily efficiency. This is why it’s important that you take good care of your eyes, including observing proper hygiene when it comes to contact lenses. If you take a closer look at your habits, you might be surprised to learn that some of them are detrimental your eyesight.
Today, Vision Care Plus raises awareness of four common habits that are bad for your eyes.
1. Staring at a Screen for Hours
While sitting too close to the TV will not cause you to become nearsighted, staring at a screen for extended periods of time–whether the TV, a laptop or your smartphone–can cause eye strain and dry your eyes out. This can be uncomfortable or even painful. To mitigate this, follow the 20-20-20 rule: after 20 minutes of screen time, rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at an object 20 feet away.
2. Not Using Protective Eyewear
Did you know that 90% of the reported eye injuries are actually preventable? How? By wearing safety eyeglasses or goggles whenever doing a task that poses a potential threat to your eyes. Protective eyewear can block debris, chemical splashes and other foreign matter from entering and injuring your eyes.
3. Rubbing Your Eyes
Rubbing your eyes when they are itchy or when dust gets inside them may seem harmless, but it’s not. This habit can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to burst. If a particle gets stuck in your eyelids and you rub your eyes, the particle could scratch and damage your eyes. Putting a cold compress when your eyes are itchy and flushing them with water when something gets inside are good alternatives.
4. Visiting Your Eye Clinic Only When Something’s Obviously Wrong
You should visit your eye care specialist on a regular basis, even if your eyes appear to be in good condition. This way, we can keep your eyes healthy and easily detect if there are any changes or problems that need treatment. If you’re wearing contact lenses, having regular eye exams can also help your optometrist determine if your lens prescription needs to be upgraded.
To learn which habits are good for your eyes, call us at (844) 201-5900. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Camrose, Leduc and nearby Alberta communities.