– Some of the things we of the things that we keep doing that are harmful to our eyesight; wearing cheap sunglasses, rubbing your eyes, using cheap eye makeup and watching at night.
While changes in eyesight are often out of our control and is bound to deteriorate as we age, there are some things we can do or, rather, not do. Without realizing it, plenty of seemingly harmless habits could be negatively affecting your vision.
Here are some of the things we of the things that we keep doing that are harmful to our eyesight.
Wearing cheap sunglasses
It pays to invest in high-quality shades. Some sunglasses might appear to have dark lenses, but they don’t provide enough UV protection. Good quality sunglasses have superior UV protection, and the ultimate protection for your eyes comes from polarized sunglasses.
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.
Watching at night
Looking at any type of screen right before bed in the dark, including your cell phone, e-reader, television, and computer, is bad for you. The levels of light are changing rapidly, so your eyes have to work hard to process the changes, which can lead to eyestrain, pain, headaches, dry eye, and redness. It can mess with your sleep schedule.
Using expired or cheap eye makeup
While it might physically pain you to throw out your favourite mascara when only half the tube is used, it’s a necessary evil if it’s past its prime. Using expired eye makeup can irritate your contacts or cause a nasty eye infection.
A mascara should last for only 3 months when this period elapses, get another one.
Staring at a smartphone or computer screen often
Here’s a reason your eyes feel physically tired after staring at your computer (or smartphone) all day. When you’re straining to read the small text on those tiny screens and flooding them with blue light, your blink rate actually decreases. When your blink rate starts to decrease, so does the rate of tear production.
Not wearing sunglasses
Extensive UV exposure can damage the retina and ultimately put you at risk for a few major eye conditions like cataracts or abnormal growths. It’s so important to wear UV-blocking sunglasses while outside to avoid damage.
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