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  • Aashi Dahiya
  • Apr 25, 23

Habits harming your eyes

Our eyes are one of the most important organs in our body, yet we often take them for granted. We tend to forget that our eyes are delicate and require special care to function correctly. Unfortunately, many of our daily habits can cause harm to our eyes.

Here are some of the habits that can harm your eyes.

Not taking breaks from digital devices

In today's digital age, most of us spend hours in front of computer screens, smartphones, and other digital devices. This prolonged screen time can cause digital eye strain, which is characterized by symptoms such as dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and neck pain. To avoid digital eye strain, take frequent breaks from your screen and practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

Rubbing your eyes

Rubbing your eyes may feel soothing, but it can cause serious harm. Our hands are a breeding ground for germs, and rubbing your eyes can transfer these germs to your eyes, causing infections such as conjunctivitis. Rubbing your eyes can also cause the blood vessels in your eyes to rupture, leading to redness and irritation.

Sleeping in your contact lenses

Wearing contact lenses for extended periods or sleeping in them can cause damage to your eyes. When you sleep in your contact lenses, your eyes are deprived of oxygen, leading to corneal infections and ulcers. It's important to follow your eye doctor's instructions and replace your contact lenses as recommended.


Smoking is harmful to our overall health, and it can also cause severe damage to our eyes. Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage, which can lead to blindness.

Not wearing UV safe contact lenses 

The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause damage to our eyes. Not wearing UV protected contact lenses when exposed to the sun can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. When buying sunglasses, make sure they block 100% of UV rays.

Poor nutrition

Eating a balanced diet is essential for maintaining good eye health. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of developing eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Conversely, a diet high in saturated fats and processed foods can increase the risk of developing these conditions.

The Takeaway

In conclusion, our eyes are precious, and we must take care of them. By avoiding these harmful habits and practicing good eye care habits, such as regular eye exams, we can ensure our eyes remain healthy for years to come.

Stay tuned for more information on eye health, eye care and contact lens usage.

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