These Bad Habits Are Wreaking Havoc on Your Eyes

No one wants to intentionally damage their eyesight, but there are some things that lots of people do that may actually cause harm. Some of these habits are such small things, you may not even notice you do them! 

At Cooper Eye Care, our staff is dedicated to helping you enjoy healthy eyes and good vision. In addition to having regular eye exams, we encourage you to break the bad habits in the post, or to avoid developing them in the first place. 

Going without glasses

If you wear prescription lenses, not wearing them can strain your eyes. It’s important to wear your glasses as prescribed and recommended by your optometrist so you don’t end up with a headache from the eye strain. 

Foregoing the shades

Sunglasses can be cool. They are stylish and a great summertime accessory. However, their most important role is to protect your eyes. Harsh UV rays aren’t just bad for your skin, they are bad for your eyes, too. 

Wearing your contacts for too long

If you use contact lenses, you might be tempted to sleep in them from time to time, but it’s not a good idea. You risk getting an eye infection, or even causing permanent damage to your eyes. Be sure your hands are clean, and take those contacts out! Care for them regularly and always wear them as directed. 

Not getting enough sleep

There are lots of health-related reasons you should make sure you regularly get eight hours of high-quality sleep, and one of them is the health of your eyes. You may experience twitching eyes, dryness, blurry vision, and pain if you don’t let your eyes rest enough. 

Rubbing your eyes

You may not even realize you’re doing it, but rubbing your eyes can cause damage. You may break blood vessels under your eyelids when you rub your rough fingers over your delicate eyes. If your eyes feel irritated, try applying a cold compress instead of rubbing them. 

Depending on eye drops

How often do you find yourself reaching for eye drops because your eyes feel dry or irritated? Once in a while, it’s fine to use an over-the-counter product, but you shouldn’t depend on them. In fact, over time, eye drops can cause irritation rather than provide relief. If you have dry eyes frequently, you should schedule an appointment with us to find out why. If your eyes are irritated, try using cold compresses. 

Indulging in too much screen time

Whether you find yourself watching movies all night long or you rarely look away from your phone screen, too much screen time is bad for your eyes, especially at night. Screens at night often involve quickly changing levels of light, which can cause eye strain and pain. It can also disrupt your sleep, which isn’t good for eye health, either. 

Ignoring safety precautions

Whether it’s at work or participating in a hobby, it’s very important to make sure you protect your eyes. Safety goggles prevent injury. Whether you’re doing some home improvements or simply mowing the lawn, safety goggles can save your eyes. 

Poor nutrition

You probably don’t think much about your eyes when you’re deciding between a burger and a salad, but maybe you should. Good nutrition is crucial for healthy eyes. A diet rich in fruits, healthy fats, whole grains, lean protein, and especially leafy vegetables helps you maintain optimal eye health. 

If you have questions about keeping your eyes healthy and your vision intact, schedule an appointment at Cooper Eye Care. We’re happy to answer your questions in the context of your life’s circumstances. 

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