5 habits that can ruin your eyes & lead to avoidable blindness

Avoidable blindness is used to refer to blindness that can be prevented or treated. There are some common unhealthy habits that can damage your eyes. If not checked, they can even lead to avoidable blindness in some cases.

Here are some ways to avoid them.

  • Staring at the screen for a long time - When you stare at screens for prolonged periods of time, your eyes tend to blink less. It is important to blink at least 12-15 times per minute. This way the fluid is distributed throughout the eyes and prevents blindness. Dry eyes can lead to much discomfort and harm the health of the eyes.
  • Smoking - Smoking decreases the body’s ability to provide proper oxygen and nutrition to tissues in the eye. This increases the risk of developing cataract and macular degeneration.
  • Wearing old makeup - Cosmetics older than three months should not be used on the eyes. Always remove eye make up before going to sleep to prevent eye infections.
  • Self-medication - This can lead to complications. Even common eye drops should not be used frequently as they can lead to irritation, redness, and even inflammation.
  • Not wearing protective eye wear - Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection in the sun, goggles to protect the eyes from chlorine while swimming, and safety eyewear while working with tools, and playing sports.

Above all, never skip regular eye check ups. A yearly eye check-up is the greatest protection against sight-threatening diseases. Do not ignore signs of eye diseases such as floaters, pain, redness, blurry or spotty vision, etc.

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