Did you know that there are things that you may do every single day that are hurting your eyes? Unfortunately, the truth is that there are quite a few things that can damage your eyes, either in the short term or that 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, and it’s hurting your eyesight! Not only does the physical smoke hurt your eyes in the moment, but in the long term, you have the risk for cancer and for other eye-related problems. Some of these may be cataracts, which cause you to see a “cloudy or filmy” layer of everything, or macular degeneration, which causes vision loss. Smoking might seem like a cool thing to do right now, but in the future, you might have regrets regarding your eyesight and your health.
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 they should be disposed of after one day. 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 because the lens are not made to be worn for that long and break down over time. Additionally, you shouldn’t sleep in your contacts and you should always follow proper cleaning procedures for the lenses and your 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at length in a previous blog, but this time we’re going to talk about how you shouldn’t keep using makeup after it’s out of date. If your makeup has expired, no matter how much you love it, or if it still has some left, you should toss it. When you keep makeup past the expiration date, you are inviting germs to build up inside and to cause problems. 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 it if 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 and schedule an appointment. Dr. Clifford Myers is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who will conduct a comprehensive medical eye exam and find out what’s going on with your vision and what steps to take 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.