7. Skipping your annual eye exam.
Most optometrists recommend a yearly eye examination. It is very important to not skip it because it ensures your eyes are healthy and there are no issues. An eye exam can uncover symptoms of disease which might otherwise go unnoticed, such as diabetes, glaucoma, and brain tumor.
Children should begin receiving a yearly eye examination from the age of three. Adults with no prior or family history of eye disease and with good vision are advised to have an eye exam every two to three years while under the age of forty. After forty, it is a good rule to have an eye exam every year and a half, unless you are diabetic or have eye health issues that need to be more closely monitored.
8. Excessive or aggressive eye rubbing.
It can be extremely difficult to avoid rubbing your eyes, especially if they are itchy or tired. Rubbing the eyes can transfer bacteria from the hands into the eyes and cause infections, inflammation, and conjunctivitis.
If you have a cold or allergies and find it hard to stop scratching your eyes, at least get into the habit of washing your hands frequently to eliminate bacteria and other debris which could cause your eyes to become irritated or infected. Use a simple saline rinse to provide soothing no-contact relief.
9. Accidental trauma
There is a wide array of activities in which people engage on a daily basis that could damage their eyesight. Working around the house using harsh chemicals, mowing the grass, or grinding on metal without eye protection means you are exposing yourself to potential trauma. It is very important to wear protective eye gear while you are doing anything that could result in damage to your eyes.
10. Not taking proper care of your health.
Many people do not realize how important it is to take care of overall health. What may seem disconnected conditions are not necessarily so. Managing cholesterol and blood pressure and regular health screenings can help protect your vision. Chronic high blood pressure or diabetes that goes undiagnosed can lead to vision complications and even blindness.
It is important to know about the different things that could potentially damage your eyesight. Eating nutritious foods, taking care of your health, and going for regular eye examinations are all vital to maintaining healthy vision. By being observant and doing what is necessary to take care of your eyes, you can avoid complications or health issues that could have a negative impact on your sight. When you take care of your body, it will take care of you.