You want to keep your eyes healthy? Stop doing this!
Eyesight naturally changes according to our age, but the modern living make our life styles different – faster and unhealthier. Working the entire day in front of the computer, reading in poorly enlightened rooms, rubbing your eyes and having terrible eating habits are some of the main reasons that your eyesight gets weakened. Here’s what you are doing wrong and trust us, you need to read this, if you want to know how to keep your eyes healthy.
1 Rubbing Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging (it’s the thinnest skin and easily damageable). Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow’s feet and drooping eyelids. Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.
Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is another way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Not only you can sunburn the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis) but you can get cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye) and even cancer of the eyelid. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays whenever you’re outside. Yes, even when it’s not summer.
It’s terrible for your lungs, for your skin and your entire health, including your eyes. Smoking can cause eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy. In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared to non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.
4 Eating poorly
Too much fast and unhealthy food not only leads to general health problems, but also can damage your eyesight. A diet rich in leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins and other supplements can help fill in nutritional gaps, but eating a healthful diet, exercising daily and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.
5 Not Getting Enough Quality Sleep
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing; not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes often are the first to suffer. Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision. But, we believe you have already experienced this.
6 Not Drinking Enough Water
Not drinking enough of the precious liquid seems to be reason number one for many health issues. In this case too, if you don’t drink enough water, this habit can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.
7 Rarely Checking Your Eyes
Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you’re aware that the problems exist. Routine exams are especially important because certain sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Your eye doctor should be informed about your family’s eye health history in order to determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition.
8 Swimming without using goggles or with open eyes
Chemicals found in pools can negatively affect your eyes, especially over extended periods. You may go through irritation, blurred vision or, in extreme cases, experience temporary blindness. While swimming it’s always best to wear eye protection (tight-fitting swimming goggles) or you should keep your eyes closed tightly (but in this case you can’t get one hundred percent protection from the chemicals).
9 Using cheap makeup
You are saving money, but you may be causing damage to your eyes. Some of the ingredients in budget brands may be doing you harm. Whatever your choice, be sure to thoroughly remove makeup every night before bed.
10 Computers and iPads
When people get focused on their computers, whether they work or simply check their Facebook, they tend to not blink as often as when they’re doing more active activities. Your eye is focused on one spot for a long time, and your eye muscle may fatigue and feel a sense of strain.