We all go through the same basic motions when it comes to staying healthy—eat right, exercise more, and take time to de-stress. But when was the last time you thought about keeping your vision healthy? Take a look at these common habits that can wreak some serious havoc on your eyes.
1. Sleeping with your contact lenses in.
You can get some pretty nasty infections and complications from sleeping in your contacts—including corneal ulcers. Go ahead and do a Google Image search…it’s scary! Your eyes need room to breathe, and that can’t happen when your contacts (which are covered in bacteria!) are pressed tight against your eyes the entire night. Trust us, taking the extra 30 seconds to pop those lenses out before bed is worth it.
2. Staring at your screen too long.
Do you ever get those pesky headaches right behind your eyes after staring at your laptop or phone too long? You’re literally straining your eyes by doing this, and the pain can even travel to your neck and shoulders! Give your eyes a break and look away from the light every 20 minutes or so.
3. Forgetting your sunglasses.
Just like your skin, your eyes need protection from the harmful UV rays. Too much exposure can leave you with cataracts, growths, and even cancer! Don’t forget your shades the next time you head out in the sun. You have to admit—it’s a pretty good excuse to purchase those new sunglasses you’ve been eyeing.
4. Not removing your eye makeup.
Taking off your makeup is probably the last thing on your mind when you come in late from a night out. When you’re so tired, any excuse seems like a good excuse. You’d probably think a bit differently if you knew you might wake up with irritated, infected or inflamed eyes, though!
Keep some easy makeup remover wipes right on your bed stand for convenience. While you’re at it, remember to also replace your makeup regularly!
5. Rubbing your eyes.
It’s almost so natural, you don’t even realize you’re doing it. Your alarm goes off before class, you hit snooze a few times, and after mentally convincing yourself that you have to get up, you rub your eyes awake and start your day.
Of course, touching your eyes in general is a big “no” since you don’t know what kind of bacteria is lurking on your hands—but did you also know that rubbing your eyes can cause dark circles? Remember that the next time you’re feeling drowsy!