The Jakarta Post
It may be time to start managing and limiting your exposure to screens (phones or computers) for the sake of your eyes. (Shutterstock/File)
As you probably already realize, eyes are a very important organ in your body, as 80 percent of what we perceive comes through them.
However, what you may not realize is there are some daily habits that can cause harm to this very important visual tool.
Below are some of those habits that you should consider quitting right away for the sake of your eyes, as compiled by tempo.co:
1. Not wearing sunglasses
According to the American Optometric Association, being under bright sunlight without sunglasses may lead to photokeratitis, which not only can cause permanent damage to your eyes but also make them red and impair their sensitivity to light.
2. Using gadgets at night
Do avoid staring at gadget screens for a long period of time, since it may cause watery and strained eyes, also known as digital eye strain. Also note that using electronic devices excessively can expose your eyes to the blue light and disturb your sleeping cycle.
3. Not enough vegetables and fruit
Vegetables and fruit contain antioxidants and vitamins that are important to protect your eyes, including vitamins A, C and E and zinc.
4. Choose the right eye drops
Opt only for eye drops prescribed by your doctor. Choosing eye medication carelessly exacerbates the risk of irritation.
5. Be cautious when rubbing your eyes
Rubbing your eyes may make them feel better for a short while. However if you rub too hard, you may harm the cornea, as it is very sensitive.
6. Get enough sleep
A lack of sleep may disturb the circulation of your eye fluid and lead to swollen eyes, twitching and strained eye nerves.
7. Maintain your contact lenses
If you are wearing contact lenses, make sure they are clean and always take them off before you sleep to avoid the risk of dryness, irritation and infection. Cleaning contact lenses is also important to remove bacteria.
8. Avoid too much makeup
Be cautious when wearing makeup around your eyes. Simply apply it thinly, so that it won't seal your skin pores and prevent the production of oil glands on your eyelids. Also pay attention to the expiry date of your makeup, especially the one you use to highlight your eyes. (kes)