What you need to stop doing to preserve your vision until old age.
1. Sleep in contact lenses
There even seem to be lenses you can sleep in, and two types are officially approved for sleep by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, doctors believe it is best not to do this. The American Academy of Ophthalmic Research has found that people who wear lenses overnight have a 10 to 15 times higher risk of developing corneal ulcers compared to those who wear lenses only during the day. The fact is that the lenses do not block the access of oxygen to the surface of the cornea, and this can provoke the appearance of infection and the growth of the number of bacteria.
2. Wipe and touch your eyes
Sometimes itching occurs in the eye, and there is a desire to scratch it, but it is better to abstain. The mucous membrane is a protective barrier for germs, but if you touch it with dirty hands, you introduce additional infection.
3. Ignore the annual examination by an ophthalmologist
Many do not go to have their eyes checked for decades, because they found out a long time ago that they have 100 percent. However, going to an ophthalmologist is worth not only in order to track the emerging plus or minus. If a tumor suddenly appears, it can impair your vision. It is better to know about it in advance.
4. Start and end the day with a gadget in hand
Electronic screens of laptops, tablets and mobile phones emit blue light, which, according to some ophthalmogues, is no less harmful than the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. In addition, as a rule, we stare at them for a long time, and such tension is certainly harmful to the eyes. Ophthalmologists advise following the 20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a break for 20 seconds to look into the distance, focus on something in the distance, blink very often.
5. Draw the eyes along the inner line of the eyelid
Make-up artists assure that it is safe and makes the eye cut special. However, you should not overuse such "arrows". The smallest particles of the eyeliner get into the mucous membrane, mix with tears and are carried around the eye. By the way, liquid eyeliners are more dangerous than dry ones, because the applicator tip is inside, and bacteria can accumulate there. A dry pencil is constantly erased and does not contain such a favorable environment for the development of microbes. In any case, it is better to do the eyeliner along the outer line of the eyelid.
6. Sleep without washing off your makeup
Everyone knows that this is harmful, but how often women neglect this rule! Meanwhile, mascara, remaining in front of the eyes during sleep, smears, can clog the glands, cause skin irritation, and even inflammation of the eyelid. And God forbid you sleep with false eyelashes, as the glue can get into the cornea and lead to serious inflammation.
7. Use expired lenses or drops
It would seem: what happens if the bottle in liquid is used a little longer? But in reality, cleansers are designed to kill bacteria, and when the shelf life is over, the ingredients lose their effectiveness. Artificial tears and eye drops can also become harmful if stale. And even more so, do not rinse your contact lenses with any liquid that is not sterile - for example, tap water.
8. Get carried away with drops from "red eyes"
These funds allow you to temporarily remove the "red eye" - this is due to the fact that they contain vasoconstrictor components. But they also contain preservatives and other chemicals that can make the problem worse in the long run. So it's better to use this method only occasionally.
9. Don't wear sunglasses all year round
Many have heard that you need to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation and wear dark glasses. However, they are sometimes needed even more in winter than in summer, since the snow reflects sunlight very strongly. Ultraviolet radiation can cause corneal burns, skin cancer on the eyelids, and visible spots on the white of the eye. You should also pay attention to the fact that your glasses provide protection from UVA and UVB rays.