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They say our eyes are the window to the soul. We don’t know how true that statement is, but one thing is for certain which is your eyes are the window to the outside world. If you don’t take care of them, you are putting the health of your eyes in danger. Imagine not being able to see the beauty of nature. Imagine not being able to read your favorite book. Imagine not being able to see the faces of your loved ones. It’s unthinkable! So with that in mind, take note of the following bad habits for eye health and avoid them.
Bad Habit #1: Spending too long looking at your smartphone
For starters, you probably know that looking at your phone for a prolonged period is bad for your eye health. It can cause eye strain, blurred vision, and dryness in your eyes; issues you may have already experienced. Putting your phone down occasionally is a must then, no matter how desperate you are to see your friend’s Facebook updates. Studies have also suggested that prolonged use of your smartphone can lead to blindness. This is because of the blue light that emits from your smartphone, which can supposedly damage your eye’s retinas over time if you spend too long staring at your phone. While there is still some debate over this – you can read the study here – one thing is for certain, you do need to limit your time on your phone, as you will only hurt and weaken your eyes in the long term if you stare at your small screen too frequently.
Bad Habit #2: Delaying a visit to your optician
As we suggested in another article, there are some health checks you shouldn’t miss. One of these is your optician. If you are already wearing glasses or contact lenses, you might need to update your prescription, as continued use of a lens no longer fit for purpose could cause eye strain. The same also applies if you don’t currently wear glasses or contacts but actually need to. Your optician can also spot specific eye problems, including glaucoma, retinal disorders, and a range of corneal diseases. If allowed to worsen, these conditions will affect the long-term health of your eyes, so book a visit to your optician, even if you think your eyes are okay. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all!
Bad Habit #3: Not wearing your glasses
Many of us neglect to wear our glasses because we are embarrassed to be seen in them, or because we think our eyes are fine without them. However, if they have been prescribed to you, then you should do what your eye doctor ordered and wear them. This is especially true if you suffer from specific conditions, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes), as these conditions will worsen if you don’t. Still, even without these conditions, you will cause eyestrain if you don’t wear your glasses, as you will be spending a lot of time squinting to read words or watch television. Of course, if you hate wearing your glasses, try contacts. Your optician will advise you, and you can easily renew your prescriptions online with Simple Contacts, so you don’t even have to make a trip to your opticians every few weeks for more. This is a better solution than putting your glasses away in a drawer because you think they mess with your good looks or because you can’t be bothered wearing them.
Take good care of your eyes then; you would be lost (literally) without them. Follow these suggestions, and then commit to further research for advice on how best to care for your eyes. Hint: begin your research by speaking to your optician!