Are You Unconsciously Hurting Your Eyes?

When it comes to maintaining healthy, clear vision, it is important that you properly care for your eyes. However, many people aren’t fully aware of the affect that their daily habits have on their eyes—and how much damage that they are causing to their vision. Here are four habits that can cause harm to your eyesight.

  1. Rubbing Your Eyes

Individuals who suffer from allergies often experience a tingling sensation in their eyes, which result them in rubbing their eyes. Itching of the eyes can also be triggered by dry eyes, eye strain, blepharitis, and pink eye. Unfortunately, rubbing your eyes has many risks associated with it. For example, eye rubbing can result in the skin around the eyes darkening, infection, and even poor vision.

  1. Prolonged Smartphone or Computer Use

Statistics report that approximately 80 percent of adults in American utilize their devices for more than two hours a day, with nearly 60 percent of them experiencing digital eye strain (computer vision syndrome being the medical term for this condition). This specific eye problem can be a result of glare on the screen, poor lighting, improper viewing distances, as well as poor posture. To help prevent digital eye strain, it is important for individuals to follow the 20-20-20 rule. The rule suggests that you take a 20-second break to look at something that is 20 feet away every 20 minutes that you spent using a digital device.

  1. Failing to Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses may be an optional fashion accessory, but they also have the ability to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun. UV rays can cause age-related macular generation, cataracts, and pterygium. To prevent these diseases, talk to your eye doctor about sunglasses that have the capability of blocking 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.

  1. Failing to Protect Eyes When Handling Dangerous Chemicals

It only takes a tiny splash of a toxic chemical into your eyes to harm your eyesight. Regardless of this fact, many individuals fail to use the proper eyewear to protect their eyes and eyesight from chemical-related eye injuries. Talk to an eye specialist if you experience swelling, a painful sensation, or anything out of the ordinary in the affected eye.

When it comes to your vision health, talk to the professionals at Performance Vision Inc. While we do focus on vision therapy, we also offer a wide range of other services to maintain your vision and improve your eyesight. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.