Here at Monterey County Eye Associates, we believe that good vision health involves a combination of regular doctor visits as well as smart preventative measures. In fact, we feel that comprehensive eye care and vision correction services are ideally supplemented by proper at-home care and patient education.
With that in mind, below are some common bad habits that you should avoid if you want to have great vision for the years ahead.
Not Wearing Sunglasses While Outdoors
The ultraviolet rays of the sun can do major damage to your eyes over time. In fact, the sun's UV rays are one of the most common causes of cataracts. When you're outside, wear some eye protection. Sunglasses are always ideal, as is a hat with a brim.
Not Wearing Proper Eye Protection
If you're working in the yard, playing sports, or using harmful chemicals in an enclosed space, you run the risk of serious eye injury. Whenever you're doing a task that puts your eyes at risk, be sure to wear safety goggles or some form of eye protection.
Smoking Harms Your Eyes (and Your Lungs, Heart, and, Everything Else)
Smoking is bad for you. Not only does it do damage to your heart and lungs, but it can also affect your vision quality and increase your risk of developing cataracts. This is just one more reason to kick the habit for good.
Reading In Low Light Can Lead to Eye Strain
Reading when the lights are dim can cause your to experience eye strain. This fatigue of the eyes can leave you feeling tired and also lead to headaches and other problems. Be sure to read in a well-lit place.
Staring at a Screen for Too Long
If you're reading on your phone or working on your computer, you'll notice that staring at a screen for a long amount of time can lead to your eyes feeling weary. It's a good idea to consider the 20/20/20 rule to prevent eye fatigue: every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for 20 seconds, and focus your eyes at a spot about 20 feet away.
Using Old Makeup or Cheap Makeup
When using mascara, eye shadow, or eye liner, be sure to use products that are decently priced and that are not old. Cheap eye makeup could have allergens or not be ideal for your eyes. Similarly, old eye makeup might increase your chances of eye irritation or an eye infection.
Poor Diet Means Poor Eye Health
If you're not eating healthy, this can lead to bad vision in the long run. A healthy diet can be a preventative measure, so be sure to eat balanced meals with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit.
Rubbing Your Eyes Too Much or Too Often
Rubbing your eyes every now and they is fine, but frequent rubbing of your eyes can up your chances of eye infections or frequent irritation. Try to avoid touching your eye area unless you need to, and make sure your hands are clean before you do.
Sleeping with Your Contacts Still In
This is a major no-no. Not only does it increase your chances of experiencing an eye infection, it can also do permanent damage to the corneas. Be sure to remove and clean your contact lenses as directed.
Contact Monterey County Eye Associates
For more information about various options for improving your vision and enhancing the health of your eyes, we encourage you to contact our eye care and vision correction center today. The team at Monterey County Eye Associates look forward to discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.