With advanced technology, free internet, and more content to check out, most people spend much of their time on computer screens, smartphones, and TV screens without knowing it’s one of the eyesight dangers. Generally, there are several causes of bad eyesight, some of which we know, while others are overlooked. Our vision is essential in our day-to-day lives. Without it, it becomes almost impossible to live comfortably in everyday life, and we must protect it at all costs. Here are some dangers to your eyesight, which you need to protect yourself from.
Too Much of Screen Time
We began this in our introduction, but it’s better to elaborate it further. Too much gazing at your TV screen, smartphones, and other gadgets, especially without blue protection, is a risk to your eyesight. It becomes worse on devices that emit intense light. According to statistics, every human being takes at least seven hours on digital services, which has led to increased eyesight complications. If you are part of the group and feel discomfort, it’s recommended to visit an eye doctor who will guide the urgent measures you need to take to deal with the situation before it worsens. The early signs might include dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, shoulder and neck pain, irritation, and difficulty falling asleep. The doctor can recommend certain types of glasses to use or recommend other remedies.
Rubbing Your Eyes
For most people, regular rubbing their eyes is a norm, without knowing that it’s bad for their eyesight. Rubbing your eyes once in a while is allowed, but doing it often may damage your cornea, leading to infections and an increase in preexisting conditions. Prolonged rubbing of eyes also causes keratoconus, a condition that leads to blindness. Rubbing your eyes with hands also transfers germs from the hand to your eyes, making your eyes vulnerable to disease, causing organisms and other ailments. With the coronavirus pandemic, people are advised to avoid rubbing their eyes to avoid getting the disease after contacting exposed surfaces.
Putting Contact Lenses Wrongly
Some individuals put on contact lenses to either protect their eyes or to correct refractive errors. Some of these contact lenses are given or advised by doctors, depending on the condition one is suffering from. According to health experts’ research, most people don’t follow the instructions or wear contact lenses when they are dirty and affected, damaging their eyes. The eyes’ damage can occur on the external eye and then spread internally, damaging one’s vision. The main rules that people don’t follow include cleaning the lenses before wearing and storing them as directed. The other part of the population ends up sleeping with the contact lenses, which is not recommended unless approved by an optician. Another risk you need to check out is wearing your contact lens while swimming or taking a shower.
Not Wearing Sunglasses in Direct Sunlight
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is one major cause of eye damage, leading to poor eyesight. If you plan to step out on a sunny day, it’s advisable to wear a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from this radiation. If you do spend most of your time outdoors, or when visiting the beach, on a trip, or any other outdoor activity, include sunglasses in your package to help you prevent the sun rays to your eyes. Prolonged exposure of your eyes to sunlight rays also leads to eyelid cancer, skin, and the eye. Do not wear any sunglasses, but the recommended ones. Not every sunglass you see is meant to protect your eyes. Some are just for fashion and have less or zero eye protection. It would help if you researched the best sunglasses before making a purchase. Your doctor can also give you prescribed sunglasses, depending on your eye condition and what you do.
Heavy Eye Drops
Recommended eye drops are best used to treat eye itches, red eyes, watery eyes, and dry eyes. These eye drops need to be used as recommended since excessive use causes more harm than good. It would help if you made sure that the eye drops you are using are recommended and that it’s safe to use at all times. Secondly, you need to put the right quantities as directed. Too much of it can cause interference with the eye composition, including the natural tears.
Another thing is to use these products for a short while. Prolonged use can make your eyes dependent on them for their function, which then causes total damage. For individuals who use these drops to whiten their eyes or for other beauty needs, such is not recommended since it can lead to complete blindness.
Smoking can also lead to eyesight damage since it impacts the central vision. It’s recommended having your eyes checked regularly, at least once a year. Any issue detected should immediately be treated to avoid it damaging your eyes or losing your eyesight altogether. We hope the tips in this article have enlightened you and will focus on these dangers.