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20 Things You Don’t Want Happening to your eyes!

February 16th, 2021. Posted by Dr. Shah

Can you imagine the worst thing that can happen to your eye? Eye dangers range from severe, like eyeball tattoos, to seemingly benign habits, like forgetting to clean your contact lenses. Here are the top 20 worst things you don’t want happening to your beautiful eyes!

1. Not using sunglasses

Too much UV radiation from the sun is a real threat to vision. It can damage the tissues on the surface of the eye, the cornea, and the lens .Cataract and ocular cancers may eventually be formed by excessive exposure to UV rays. Fortunately, wearing sunglasses with 100% UV or UV400 protection is an effective way to protect your eyes while enjoying the great outdoors.

2. Tattooing the eyeball

Eyeball tattoos can cause serious complications including needle or ink infections, eye inflammation, retinal detachment, or blindness. For a safer way to change the appearance of your eye, see your ophthalmologist for a prescription for colored contact lenses.

3. Be picky when it comes to eating

Dietary deficiencies can cause blindness. In these rare cases, a lack of vitamins can damage the optic nerve . A colorful plate filled with green leafy vegetables, orange vegetables, fruits, beans, and other nutrient-dense foods is best for healthy vision.

4. Smoking

Cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma – these are just a few of the eye diseases related to smoking , but the list goes on. Quitting smoking is one of the best lifestyle changes you can make to protect your eyes.

5. Dangerous home remedies

Don’t be fooled by fake home remedies! Whether it’s breast milk in the eye as a pink eye cure , frozen meat for a black eye, or another trending social media cure, these substances can carry bacteria and cause eye infections. Be careful and consult your ophthalmologist before trying them at home.

6. Confusing glue or other substances with eye drops

People mix their medications frequently. The small bottles tend to look like eyedrops and can cause anything from mild discomfort to glued shut eyelids. Super glue in the eye is a common mistake and can cause life-threatening vision complications, such as corneal abrasions . Make sure the eye drops are clearly labeled and kept separate from other medications and other household items.

7. Ignoring your existing health conditions

You may think that high blood pressure or other health conditions have nothing to do with your eyes, but think again. The conditions of systemic health that are not treated properly, can sometimes cause changes in vision. In fact, diabetic eye disease is one of the most common causes of blindness, when high blood sugar levels cause the blood vessels in the eye to leak.

8. Playing sports and games without protective glasses

Sports and some toys can cause serious eye damage without proper protective equipment. Retinal detachments, bleeding within the eye, ruptured eye – these are all common eye injuries in athletes, and could be prevented with the use of proper protective glasses.

9. Not using protective glasses at work

If you work in construction, with chemicals, or are just a passionate hobbyist of home projects , you need to wear protective glasses. In fact, most eye injuries occur at home. More than 90% of these injuries could be avoided by wearing protective glasses.

10. Delaying medical attention after an eye injury

Sometimes eye injuries don’t seem serious. However, not receiving proper treatment can mean losing your vision. Know the most common symptoms of eye injuries and seek medical attention immediately.

11. Failing to take medications as directed

Some serious eye diseases require ongoing treatment. For example, people with glaucoma should use prescription eye drops . Patients sometimes forget to apply eye drops or do not do it correctly. This can have serious consequences on the effectiveness of the treatment. Be sure to follow the instructions and speak with your medical team if you have any difficulty doing this.

12. Looking directly at the sun

Looking directly at the sun without protection can burn your retina. If you have plans to enjoy the next eclipse , make sure you have special sunscreen lenses to view it safely. Your standard sunglasses, while good at shielding you from too much UV light, are still not suitable for looking directly into the sun.

13. Swimming with contact lenses

Water and contact lenses should not be mixed. Swimming with contact lenses can cause bacteria to enter the eye and put you at high risk for infection . Instead, try prescription swim goggles.

14. Forgetting to clean contact lenses

Not cleaning contact lenses well is another way that people can get eye infections. Be sure to wash your hands, store your contact lenses properly, and use a cleaning solution to disinfect. Consult with your eye care professional for more detailed care instructions.

15. Wearing daily contact lenses for weeks, months … or years!

Everyday contact lenses are contact lenses made for one-day wear only. They are used when you are awake and discarded at the end of the day before going to sleep. Wearing contact lenses for longer than indicated can endanger your vision. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how long to wear these types of contact lenses.

16. Buying contact lenses without a prescription

Maybe you wish you had a different eye color, or you just want to spice up your next Halloween costume. But many of these over-the -counter decorative contact lenses are available without a prescription – a dangerous choice that can lead to serious eye damage, including blindness. Always consult an eye care professional before wearing contact lenses.

17. Sleeping with makeup on

If not cleaned properly, eye makeup can scratch the surface of the eye and cause an infection. One woman reported wearing eyelash every day without removing it properly for 25 years and developed a bad reaction. Some tips include using a cotton swab to remove all makeup around the eye or washing with water if you don’t have a makeup remover. Vaseline and baby shampoo are also effective and safe makeup removers.

18. Using cosmetic products and procedures that are not FDA approved

Eye makeup with untested chemicals can cause infections or adverse reactions. Make sure products for use around the eye are FDA approved. For eyelash growth serums , this means getting a prescription from an ophthalmologist. And watch out for brow and lash enhancements like tinting and lash lifting. These procedures can cause bad reactions.

19. Skipping vaccinations

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends getting the right vaccinations, including shingles for adults over 50 and measles for children. Both of these diseases can enter the eye and cause serious vision problems.

20. Lack of routine eye exams

Many eye diseases begin without symptoms. This is why a dilated eye exam is so important. An ophthalmologist can detect eye diseases early – when treatment is most effective – just by looking into your eye. The Academy recommends that all healthy adults have a baseline eye exam with an ophthalmologist before age 40. Your ophthalmologist can help you and recommend the best follow-up plan based on your individual health and risk factors.

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