Watching TV at night
On the flip side, reading in low light is not recommended either. Although there isn’t a lot of evidence that it is bad for your eyesight, it does strain your eyes, which can make them more tired and red, or lead to pain and discomfort. So turn on this lamp on the table if you’re trying to finish a few classes before bed.
Sleeping with contact lenses
We get it – it’s late and you’re tired. However, this is not an excuse to not take out your contact lenses as it not only increases the risk of infection, but it may lead to permanent damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a million Americans visit an eye doctor each year with infections associated with wearing contact lenses. Bonus tip: When taking it out at night, make sure your hands are clean and use extra contact solution.
Rub your eyes
As tempting as it may be, it is a huge rejection. Rubbing it too hard can break the blood vessels under the eyelids. To soothe irritated eyes, try cold compresses instead.
Excessive use of eye drops
While it temporarily relieves dry eyes, using it too often can actually irritate your eyes over time. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) cautions that nonprescription eye drops do not actually improve your eye health, but rather make your eyes appear less red. They recommend using the eye drops for only a short time.
If you use prescription eye drops, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and stop using them right away if they cause irritation, rash in the eyes, or other negative side effects.
Not eating a balanced diet
Certain fruits and vegetables are essential for optimal eye health, especially those that contain vitamins C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. The AAO suggests adding citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, leafy greens, and fish to your meals as much as possible.
The most important thing is to drink enough water, as staying hydrated is key to producing tears and keeping the eyes well-lubricated. Also, be sure to skip foods high in sodium, which can dehydrate your body.
Do not use safety glasses
According to the AAO, approximately 45% of eye injuries occur at home. The most common hazards are exposure to chemicals in cleaning products (household products cause 125,000 injuries each year), hot grease and oil stains during cooking, home improvement projects involving nails, lawn mowing, and the use of hot styling tools near the eyes. So yeah, you might look silly wearing these safety glasses, but it’s a really good idea when working on a home improvement project.
Misuse of eye makeup
Anything you place near your eyes is potentially dangerous. And yes, that includes mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, and eye creams. So make sure to apply makeup away from your lash line so that it doesn’t clog the sebaceous glands in your eyelids – build up here can cause infections. Also, get rid of eye makeup after three months. Bacteria love to thrive in dark and damp places, so mascara can be a breeding ground for some nasty infections.
Not getting enough sleep
Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of problems, including weight gain, depression, and decreased immune function. Moreover, lack of sleep also hurts your eyes (some symptoms include twitching, dry eyes, blurred vision, and pain). Make sure you get at least seven hours a night and remember, leave this smartphone on before bed.
Not wearing glasses (or sunglasses)
Excessive squinting can lead to eye strain, which can then result in pain. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: wearing glasses. And when you’re out, use those chic sunnies hidden in the bottom of your bag. They help block harmful UV rays that may hurt your eyes over time. Do you have photophobia or sensitivity to light? Sunglasses can help reduce the effects of bright lights, including headache, blurred vision, or red eyes.
Not visiting an eye doctor regularly
Not only can your doctor detect serious eye problems (such as glaucoma) that are not showing symptoms, but he can also see signs of other diseases (such as diabetes and high blood pressure) just by reaching your eyes.
Moreover, your vision may not be as good as you think. If you stare at daily tasks, you may put yourself and others in danger. For one thing, updating your prescription can help reduce the number of preventable car accidents each year.
Focus in a smartphone
The stress of reading the little text on your cell phone could be the culprit of hurting your eyes day in and day out – especially if you do it for hours on end. It can also lead to blurred vision, dry eyes, dizziness, and nausea.
Leave your phone every 20 minutes to give your eyes a break. Or even better, make the font on your phone bigger so that your eyes don’t run out of time reading this little Facebook post.