9 Habits That Can Disrupt Eye Health

Eye is window to see the beauty of the world. Therefore, healthhis important to maintain. Even though alreadytry guard eye health well, but it could be, without realizing you do sometrivial habit which can interfere with eye health.

Due to busy daily activities, we may often neglect to maintain eye health. In order to keep your eyes healthy, there are some habits that need to be avoided, namely:

1. Spending a lot of time in front of the screen Gadgets

Interacts a lot with computer screens, tablets, or smartphone over a long period of time can cause eye fatigue and headaches. This happens because when looking at the screen gadgets, the eye muscles will work extra.

Besides, the blue light from the screen gadgets You can also cause macular degeneration in the retina of the eye, which if ignored, can lead to blindness.

Use the 20-20-20 formula when interacting with gadgets, i.e. every 20 minutes staring at the screen gadgets, look away 20 feet (6 meters), for 20 seconds. It is also recommended that you blink frequently to keep your eyes moist. Also use a screen protector that can block blue light from gadgets.

2. Careless in Using Contact Lenses

Contact lens users require extra effort to care for their eyes than eyeglass users. Instead of improving appearance, the use of contact lenses that are not painstaking can cause irritation or eye infection, even blindness.

Some habits that need to be avoided in the use of contact lenses are:

  • Shower while wearing contact lenses
  • Sleeping with contact lenses still on
  • Clean contact lenses with plain water or saliva
  • Not keeping contact lenses in place
  • Use the contact lens storage case for more than 3 months

3. Don't Use Sunglasses Outdoors

Make sure to always use sunglasses that can protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays, when you are outside. Ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun can be harmful to eye health, and can cause eye diseases, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, or pterygium.

4. Forget Cleaning Make up before sleeping

For women who frequently use make up on the face, try to always clean it before going to bed. Please note that mascara flakes, eyeliner, or eye shadow may fall into the eyes and cause irritation or infection. That's why it's important to wash off your makeup before going to bed, until it's completely clean.

5. Smoking

There is a lot of information that discusses the bad effects of smoking. And in fact, smoking does bring many diseases, including the eyes. People who smoke are more susceptible to blindness due to cataracts, macular degeneration, or damage to the optic nerve.

6. Don't Know Family Illness History

According to research, there are a number of eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, that run genetically in families. This eye disease can cause blindness. Therefore, you should be more vigilant if you have family members who suffer from the disease.

Through information about the history of the disease in the family, the ophthalmologist can more easily find out the cause of a person's complaint. That way, treatment can be done as early as possible.

7. Ignoring Routine Eye Check-ups

Checking with an eye doctor regularly every year is necessary to detect several serious diseases, such as glaucoma, eye disease due to diabetes (diabetic retinopathy), or macular degeneration early. This routine eye examination especially needs to be done when a person is at the age of 40 years and over.

8. Ignore Red Eye Symptoms

Symptoms of eye irritation in the form of red, watery, or burning eyes can indeed be caused by harmless conditions, such as allergies. But you need to be alert if complaints of eye infection appear, such as eye pain, a feeling of lump in the eye, excessive glare at light, and a thick white or greenish discharge from the eye.

It is very important to see an eye doctor if you have an eye infection, because if left untreated, the infection can damage the eye and spread to other people.

9. Ignoring Eye Injuries

A person should be alert and have their eyes checked immediately if they have an injury to the eye area. This is especially true if the injury causes blurred vision, difficulty opening the eyes, blood spots appear on the whites of the eyes, can't move the eyeballs, or there is a discrepancy between the eyes.

To keep your eyes healthy, start to avoid all forms of neglect and habits that can interfere with eye health. In addition, if there are complaints in your eyes and vision, immediately consult an ophthalmologist so that they can be treated quickly.

written oleh:

dr. Dian Hadiany Rahim, SpM