You never think about it, but some everyday bad habits threaten the health of your eyes while weakening your sight. Sleepless nights, reading in the dark, smoking, spending endless hours on the internet or watching too much TV, are those part of your life?
Our environment is already tough on our eyes, especially in big cities. Air conditioning, heat, dust and pollution often create irritation and dryness. This is even more true in people wearing contact lenses and people over 50, since both categories secrete less tears. So let’s not add to the problem and let’s identify ten bad habits for the eyes:
1 / You read in dim light
Reading at night lying in bed can be a good way to find sleep and sleep well. However, know that if you do not use proper lightning, your eyes will have to work harder and will feel fatigued. So it is better to read in bed if your room is well lit or if you have the right reading light.
Tip: the best way to position a reading light is to have it shine directly onto the page, not over your shoulder.
2 / You like your cigarettes
We already know smoking is bad for your lungs, throat and more, but your eyes are just as fragile. Why ? Because some substances in cigarettes attack the eye tissues and accentuate macular degeneration. This degeneration, often related to age, leads to a gradual, sometimes significant, loss of central vision that becomes increasingly blurred. In short, another good reason for you to stop smoking!
3 / You love watching TV and you spend too much time on the computer
Do you work on the computer a lot, or spend many hours watching TV at night and on your days-off? These bad habits affect many of us, and we complain more and more about dry and strained eyes. Besides, have you ever noticed that you suffer from frequent headaches? In addition, when we stare at a computer screen for long periods, we tend not to blink as often as usual, which can also cause the eyes to feel dry and uncomfortable.
Tip 1: Make a conscious effort to blink regularly so that the eyes stay well lubricated.
Tip 2: Make sure to take regular breaks from the computer (go for a quick walk around the block or have a nice cup of coffee). At home, watch only one or two episodes of your favorite show and then find another hobby. No more binge watching, you are better than that! Your eyes will quickly feel a difference.
4 / You read in a moving vehicle
Do you regularly read a book, flip through a magazine or look at your smart phone during a commute on public transportation? Riding the subway, the train, or a bus by yourself, you get bored and try passing time by reading a book. But this is to the detriment of your eyes which, constantly in movement, try to keep their focus and tire more quickly.
Tip: If you do not know what to do during your trip, focus on everything around you, look through the window, start a conversation, or just close your eyes or practice some deep breathing. Just enjoy the ride and give your eyes a rest!
5 / You rub your eyes
You have just peeled an onion and now you rub your eyes because they are itching? Bad idea. If you rub your eyes too hard, you risk damaging the blood vessels under your eyelids … Instead, apply a compress soaked in cold water for several seconds. The tingling will quickly go away.
Tip: You can also peel and slice the onion under the range hood, or under water.
6 / You forget to remove makeup at night
Not removing your makeup before going to bed can damage the eyes. It can cause irritation, swelling or even infections.
Tip: always carefully remove your makeup at the end of the day, and do not use poor quality cosmetics as they can harm your eyes as well.
7 / You eat little vegetables and fruits
Vegetables and fruits are essential to preserve your eyes. Because they are packed with vitamins C and E, zinc, but also omega 3, and other nutrients, they are very important for eye health. Learn more
Give them priority in your plates and save some room for fish, whole grains or nuts.
8 / Sleepless nights
Are you accustomed to sleepless nights? Or do you get little or poor quality sleep and you wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles? This is because our bodies, including our eyes need a good night sleep to regenerate and rest. When you do not get enough sleep, your eyes become dry, irritated and more fragile.
Tip: Do your best to get at least seven hours of sleep. Avoid watching TV in bed in the dark before you fall asleep.
9 / You never wear sunglasses
It’s summer, it’s hot, the weather is nice. As usual, you have forgotten your sunglasses, you are outside unprotected under a radiant sun and a blue sky. Bad habit! High exposure to UV light can lead to several eye problems such as photo-keratitis, cataracts and even melanoma. Read more
Tip: Always carry a pair of sunglasses with you, especially in the summer, and keep an extra pair in the car.
10 / You do not consult an ophthalmologist
When is the last time you went to see your ophthalmologist? You do not remember exactly and it may be four or five years ago … You do not feel you need to go have your eyes checked since your glasses or contact lenses still work for you. Wrong! The more you wait, the more certain diseases can appear (glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract …) and the more your vision is likely to deteriorate. For healthy eyes, it is advisable to consult an eye doctor every two years, on average.
Tip: Depending on your age and condition your doctor will recommend how often you should have your eyes checked.
Identify if you have some of those habits bad for your eyes and make a change! Your eyes deserve it!