Did you know that there are things you do every day that are hurting your eyes? Unfortunately, the truth is that there are quite a few things that can damage your eyes. This can either be in the short term or can cause long term damage. While some activities may only lead to irritation, others could eventually result in cataracts, infections, or lead to macular degeneration. Read on to find out what you might be doing that’s hurting your eyes.
While smoking is not as popular as it once was, millions of people still smoke. It’s hurting your eyesight! Not only does the physical smoke hurt your eyes, but you have the risk for cancer and other eye-related problems. Some of these may be cataracts, which cause you to see a “cloudy or filmy” layer of everything. You may also have macular degeneration, which causes vision loss. Smoking might seem like a cool thing right now, but you might regret it.
Wearing Contact Lenses for Too Long
We’ve all heard it before, but do we all listen? Nope. Different contact lenses are meant to be worn for different periods of time. If you have daily contact lenses that are meant to be disposed of after one day, then do that. The same goes for weekly, two weeks, or monthly contact lenses. These should be disposed of at that time and not worn for longer than they should be.
What happens when you wear your contact lenses for longer than you’re supposed to? You are at greater risk for infection because bacteria builds up on the lenses. Plus, you will not be able to see as well. The lens are not made to be worn for that long and break down. Additionally, you shouldn’t sleep in your contacts. You should always follow proper cleaning procedures for the lenses and case. Disregarding this procedures could lead to further risk of infection.
We’ve talked about eye makeup at length in a previous blog, but this time we’re going to talk about expired makeup. If your makeup has expired, no matter how much you love it, you should toss it. When you keep makeup past the expiration date, you are inviting germs to build up inside. We all know the trick for finding out if your mascara is bad, but what about the rest of your eye makeup? Current recommendations suggest after three months you should toss when there’s no expiration date.
Having Trouble with Your Vision?
If you’re having trouble with your vision, it’s time to call Dr. Clifford Myers. Schedule an appointment now. Dr. Clifford Myers is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who will conduct a comprehensive medical eye exam. He will find out what’s going on with your vision and steps to resolve the issue. Additionally, we have glasses frames available to try out, and we can get your contacts ordered for you. Contact us for more information on our services or to schedule an appointment.