5 Common Mistakes That Can Affect Eye Health - Part 1

07/06/2015

Here are some common mistakes people make on a regular basis that may impact their eye health:

1. Prolonged wear of contact lenses

Contact lenses are meant as an alternative to eyeglasses. However, there is a downside to wearing contact lenses for a long period of time. Redness, irritation and dryness are just some of the side effects of prolonged wear. The effects become more severe when you sleep with your contact lenses on. Even the contact lenses that are deemed to be safe to be worn overnight by the FDA could pose significant eye health risks. This is due to the fact that contact lenses deprive your eyes of oxygen which can lead to infection. If you wear contact lenses daily, make sure that you keep your eyes lubricated with eye drops and take them out to let your eyes breathe after wearing them for a prolonged period.

2. Staring at electronic devices for an extended time

We live in a technological age and we are constantly staring at the screens of electronic devices. Computers, smartphones and tablets are competing for our attention but staring at these devices for an extended period can cause irreparable harm to our eyes. Electronic screens cause eye strain and headaches because of a blue light that they emit. Some have compared it to be as harmful as exposure to sun’s ultraviolet rays. Follow this 20/20 rule to reduce the strain on your eyes: For every 20 minutes you stare at a screen, take your eyes off the screen for 20 seconds and refocus at a distant object.