Our eyes help us to see the world around us. They make it possible for us to drive, read the written word and observe the beauty of Mother Nature. Our eyes are also incredibly durable. In fact, they’re one of the fastest healing body parts. With adequate care, a corneal scratch can heal in a period of as little as two days. However, our eyes are not invincible.
Certain bad habits can lead to slow but steady damage, ultimately leading to vision loss. Here’s a closer look at three of the most common bad vision-related habits that are easy to avoid.
Not wearing sunglasses. Every time you go outside, your eyes are exposed to the sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays. These rays don’t just damage your skin, they negatively impact the health of your eyes. Protecting your vision is as easy as wearing a pair of UV-blocking sunglasses. Make sure to wear your sunglasses on cloudy days as well; UV rays are always present.
Staring at electronic screens. Modern work and recreation involve spending long periods of time looking at electronic screens. Whether you’re writing emails to colleagues or using a smartphone to catch up on the latest news, all of that exposure to blue light causes strain. Computer vision syndrome causes dry eyes and irritation. If your job requires you to work at a computer, make sure to take frequent breaks and look away from your workspace whenever possible.
Sleeping with your contacts in. Breathable contacts are amazing, and while some brands claim you can wear them overnight, doing so prevents your eyes from breathing or adequately creating tears. To avoid infection or potential corneal damage, take your contacts out every night and put them in a clean case with fresh lens solution.
By keeping these three things in mind, your eyes are sure to benefit. And don’t forget, if it’s time to schedule your annual eye exam or stock up on contacts, contact the team at Utah Eye Centers today.