Too often our eyes are taken for granted and abused in the worst ways. The reality is we use our eyes from the moment our alarm goes off in the morning until we’re tucked tightly in bed, making them one of our most important assets. Have you ever thought what your life would be like with horrible vision or worse…no vision at all? We want you to make smarter choices and avoid these common mistakes so your vision is safe and sound for decades to come. In this article we’ve highlighted the worst mistakes you’re making that damage your vision in the short and long term.
Sleeping With Your Contacts On
Contacts are amazing. They’re tiny lenses that give you crystal clear vision; however, if you’re not removing them and letting your corneas breath overnight, you’re in for a rude awakening (no pun intended). Sleeping
in contacts significantly increases risk of an eye infection. Environmental stressors can come into contact with your eyes and can cling onto the surface of your lenses. What does this mean for you? Pollution, smoke, dust particles, etc. are trapped in your eye and festering overnight.
Some contacts are designed for extended wear, but even these are not ideal to leave on overnight. In fact, they increase risk of corneal ulcers by up to 1500%! It’s important to note that regardless of the type of contact lenses you’re using, your risk of corneal ulcers increases by at least 700% when sleeping with contacts in. So what happens when you get a corneal ulcer? Well…it’s not pretty. Corneal ulcers can cause your cornea to erupt and get infected. This can potentially lead to permanent vision loss.
Other risks include corneal neovascularization. This is caused by blocking oxygen from reaching your cornea. The result is inflammation due to new blood vessels overgrowing into your cornea. If the damage is bad enough, your optometrist will no longer be able to prescribe you contact lenses.
Staring At Screens For Too Long
Let’s face it — if you’re not working on a computer or texting on your smartphone, you’re probably at the movies or watching TV at home. Aside from potential blue light exposure and exposure to unnaturally vibrant screens, people tend to blink about 50% less when staring at screens.
To avoid too much eye damage from excessive screen time, we recommend following guidelines such as the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes of screen time look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to reduce overall eye strain.
Skipping Your Annual Eye Exam
Look, we get it — you lead a busy life, and sometimes doctor appointments fall through the cracks. The problem is that you only get one set of eyes, and you need to be taking care of them. Sometimes your eyes face monumental changes over one year, but show no symptoms or your symptoms are easy to ignore. You have no pain receptors behind your eye, which means if there are changes in the shape of your eye due to ulcers or tumors, you could quite easily never know until it’s too late.
We hope this article opened your eyes to mistakes and bad habits you could be guilty of that need to be corrected immediately. Haven’t seen an optometrist in a while? Schedule an appointment with us today: https://www.neweraeyecare.com/locations.html