Performing home repairs without wearing eye protection
According to a study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35% of people wear safety glasses while doing repairs at home. These safety glasses can prevent 90% of eye injuries caused by chemicals or debris.
Wearing contact lenses while sleeping
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this bad habit increases the risk of keratitis, an infection that affects the cornea. Keratitis, if left untreated, can cause vision loss.
Not conducting regular checks
Regular eye exams are a good way to evaluate your vision and detect any vision problems or eye diseases. If you wait too long, you may miss treatment for a condition you were not aware of.
Take some medications
Some medicines have side effects that can affect the eyes. For example, some contraceptives can cause dry eyes, and drugs containing cortisone can increase internal pressure in the eye, damage the optic nerve, and increase the risk of developing cataracts prematurely.
Spend many hours in front of the computer
If you spend long hours in front of a computer, you may find that you suffer from computer vision syndrome, a health problem that includes blurred or double vision and dry, red or irritated eyes.
To reduce your risk of developing this syndrome, sit at least one arm away from the screen. You should also focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.
Reading is one of the main causes of myopia, a vision problem characterized by difficulty seeing distant objects. Focusing for an extended period of time on something close to your eyes, such as a book, has been known to harm your eyesight.
Besides increasing the risk of some types of cancer, smoking tobacco increases the risk of damaging the eyes. Dry eyes, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (a disease characterized by loss of central vision), and optic nerve problems are a few examples of eye diseases that can affect smokers.
Constantly looking at your smartphone
Most teens and adults now use smartphones, but these devices can be harmful to the eyes. In a 2018 study, researchers discovered that the blue light emitted by these devices can damage the photoreceptors of the retina, increasing the risk of blindness. To reduce the risk, it is advised that you do not use your smartphone in the dark.
Wear cheap sunglasses
Inexpensive eyeglasses can damage your eyes, as they often contain very dark lenses that do not provide UV protection. By forcing the pupils to dilate, they allow more UV rays to enter the eye.
In the long term, wearing low-quality sunglasses may increase your risk of developing pterygium, a condition that affects the conjunctiva. If left untreated, a pterygium can cause vision loss.
Not wearing sunglasses
UV rays are significant risk factors for eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. The best way to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses. Choose lenses that provide complete protection against the sun’s rays and are large enough to protect the entire eye area.
Don’t wait until it’s hot and sunny to wear sunglasses, as UV rays don’t go away in winter or on cloudy days.