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5 Bad Habits That Are Hurting Your Eyes

By Court

Your eyesight is arguably the most critical of your five senses, making the proper upkeep of your vision vital to your wellbeing. Unfortunately, many of us still maintain habits that can be detrimental to the health of our eyes.

Courtesy of Logan Eye Institute, take a look at some of these everyday habits that you may want to reconsider.


1. No sunglasses

The summer sun may feel good on your face, but not so much in your eyes. Over-exposing your eyes to UV and HEV rays can damage your eyes and eyelids, and in the long run can even lead to sunburn on the eye’s surface, cataracts, or macular degeneration.


2. Smoking

Smoking causes harm to nearly every part of your body, including even your eyes. Research has linked smoking habits to eye conditions such as uveitis, dry eyes, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. The good news? Quitting smoking has been shown to reduce your risks no matter what your age.


3. Sleep deprivation

A severe lack of sleep can bode ill for your eye health. Individuals who suffer from a chronic lack of shuteye often experience bloodshot eyes, dark circles, blurry visions, dry eyes, and eye twitches.


4. Rubbing your eyes

Because the skin around your eyes is so delicate, rubbing them too often can break the minute blood vessels underneath, creating dark circles or a swollen appearance. Over time, chronic eye-rubbing can cause a condition called keratoconus, leading to your cornea losing its shape and ultimately to blurrier vision.


5. Poor diet

If your diet is lacking in fruits and veggies, then you may not be getting some of the essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids needed for your eyes’ health. Proper nutrition is vital for maintaining sharp vision as you get older, as well as for warding off many eye diseases.

Logan Eye Institute is your source for world-class laser eye treatment. Call us today at 435-213-1768.