If you are blessed with the sense of sight, you should do everything in your power to protect your eyes.
Here’s what you should NEVER do to your eyes:
1. Rubbing your eyes
As tempting as it may be, it’s a big no-no. Rubbing them too hard can break the blood vessels under the eyelids. So to soothe irritated eyes, try a cold compress instead.
2. Reading in insufficient light
When you read under the covers of your blanket or in a room that has insufficient light, then you are hurting your eyes.
3. Not eating orange fruits and vegetables
Orange fruits and vegetables are rich in Vitamin A which in turn is very nutritious for your eyes. If you deprive your eyes of good food, your vision will deteriorate faster than it should.
3. Misusing eye makeup
Anything you put near your eye is a potential risk. And yes, this includes your mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, and eye creams. So make sure to apply makeup far away from your lash line so you don’t block the oil glands of your lids.
4. Not wearing your glasses
Not wearing your glasses can result in serious short-term and long-term effects.
5. Not wearing sunshades
UV radiation is not good for your eyes. And not wearing sunglasses while you go out in the sun will damage your eyes. It also makes you squint which is bad for your eyes.
Squinting puts too much pressure on your eye lenses.
7. Staring at computer screens/ tablets and phones for long hours
Do not stare at your computer screen for hours on end as it may cause eye-strain and dry-eyes. Limit your time looking at computer, tablet and phone screen if possible.
Smokers are prone to cataracts at a younger age than non-smokers.
9. Not getting enough sleep
Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of problems, including weight gain, depression, and decreased immune function. Moreover, a lack of sleep is also hurting your eyes (some symptoms include twitching, dry eyes, blurry vision, and pain).
10. Watching television while lying down
When you lie on the sofa and watch television, you are putting strain on your eyes because you are watching television at an odd angle. It rapidly deteriorates your vision.
11. Sleeping with your contacts on
We get it — it’s late and you’re tired. But that’s no excuse for not taking your contacts out. Not only does it increase your risk of an infection, but it could lead to permanent damage.
12. Using the wrong eye-drops
Don’t just grab any old bottle of eye-drops out of your medicine cabinet. Meet a doctor before using any eye-drops.
13. Not seeing your optometrist
Regular eye-exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you’re aware problems exist.