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  Katie Boyles   December 4, 2015   Health, Eyes, Wellness 0 Comments

5 habits that may harm your eyes

Velocity Care reveals common habits that are bad for your eyes

Protect your eyesWhen you were a child your mother probably warned you: “Don’t look directly at the sun.” Now that you’re older, you know how harmful UV rays are to your eyes. Velocity Care reveals five common habits that everyone seems to do that might be harming their eyes. Now is the time to change these bad habits to protect and improve your vision.

  1. Rubbing your eyes. We all do this. It is not completely harmful, but it could cause some serious consequences to your vision. Everyone carries germs on their hands. Touching your eye area will transfer the germs to your eyes. Conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, is a common and contagious eye infection that may occur from not washing your hands frequently. Another concern with excessive eye rubbing is that, over time, it thins out the cornea in your eyes. You may even be tempted to rub your eyes right now while you're staring at your computer screen. Which brings us to our next bad habit ...
  2. Staring at computer screen for too long. Your unblinking gaze and visual concentration dries out your eyes. To prevent this bad habit, create more distance between your eyes and the computer screen. Computer manuals suggest about an arm's length. Take frequent breaks from your computer; stand up, walk around and focus on something else for a little while. When you finish reading this, take at least a minute or two to relieve your eyes. Dry itchy eyes create a natural reflex to rub them. Other causes for dry eyes include sleepiness or allergies.
  3. Long visual concentration in low light. Activities such as reading or writing in low light strain the muscles around your eyes. Be sure your working or reading area is well lit. Closing your eyes and resting them is a better way to relax eye muscles than rubbing them. Too much rubbing could result in ruptured blood vessels in and around your eyelids. 
  4. Not going to a routine eye exam. It is important to maintain healthy eyes no matter what age you are. During an exam, the doctor will check your vision to see if you need glasses or contact lenses. In addition, he or she will look for signs of common eye diseases and determine how well your eyes work as a team. The doctor can use your eye health to assess your overall health. It is important for children to have routine eye exams to ensure proper vision development.
  5. Going outdoors without sunglasses. Sunglasses are not only stylish, but also very beneficial to your eyes. Just like your mother warned, the sun makes your eyes vulnerable to harmful UV rays. Double check that your sunglasses have polarized lenses. Polarized lenses are the only lenses that filter out the harmful radiation from the sun. Just as you put on sunscreen before you go outside, you should protect your eyes too. Think of sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes. 

Improving your eye care routine will keep your eyes protected and healthy. Consider adding these tips to your New Year's resolutions. Prevention is the best way to keep your vision strong.

Don’t forget to take a break for your eyes’ benefit. And remember, if your eyes are pink and itchy, it could be conjunctivitis. Stop by a Velocity Care location near you to have your eyes checked for this illness. Because conjunctivitis is highly contagious, it is important to contain the infection as soon as symptoms appear.

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