5 Bad Habits That Hurt Your Eye Health

Break these five bad habits today to protect your vision.

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You’re not getting enough sleep.

Did you know that your eyes need at least five hours of rest each night? Sleep deprivation is the leading cause of eye spasms. Irritation is also a common problem and, along with general redness, can show that the tissues of your eyes aren’t getting the regular replenishment that they need. If your eyes are left feeling heavy, sore, and red, try your best to get a night or two of good rest before worrying. Getting enough sleep is just as important for good health as nutrition and exercise!

You leave your shades at home.

Not wearing sunglasses can be very damaging to your eyes. Many people don’t realize that the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays not only hurt your skin, but your eyes as well, and can lead to diseases like cataracts. Always wear sunglasses or protective eyewear when outdoors to help keep your eyes healthy for years to come. 

You’re rough on your eyes.

Scratching a random itch in your eye can be damaging if you're not cautious. While allergies and eye irritations are common (and annoying), it is best not to rub your eyes too often. When you do, always make sure your hands are clean and dry before touching your eyes. Keep moisturizing eye drops or an eye-wash kit on hand if itchiness is a regular problem and if an itch occurs, try to flush it out with eye drops rather than rubbing your eyes too harshly.

You don’t take care of your contacts.

Contact lens hygiene is essential for healthy eyes. Leaving contacts in too long or washing them improperly can lead to eye damage and serious infection. If you wear contacts and discomfort occurs, remove your contacts, flush your eye and rinse the lenses with saline solution. Wait until all the discomfort resolves before inserting your contact lenses again. If your eyes continue to be uncomfortable, consult your physician or optometrist. 

You’re a smoker.

It’s extremely hard to quit smoking, but your eyes will thank you for it. In addition to causing lung cancer, heart disease and a variety of other health problems, the effects of smoking can be very damaging to your vision. Smoking greatly increases your risk of eye diseases including dry eye syndrome, cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, which are all leading causes of vision loss.

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