Most people try and take care of their health as they age, but unfortunately, people tend to forget about caring for their eyes. Neglecting eye exams, staring at electronic devices all day and night and even not wearing sunglasses are all common eye care mistakes a lot of patients make. Here’s our list of 5 eye care mistakes you may be making:
1. Neglecting Annual Eye Exams
Many patients believe that as long as they aren’t actively experiencing eye or vision problems that there is no reason to have your eyes examined. This couldn’t be more wrong; annual eye exams allow us to check out your overall eye health, including any damage you may not notice. Certain conditions such as broken blood vessels or even a tumor may not cause any symptoms until it is too late.
2. Sleeping in Contact Lenses
Many patients think there is no harm in sleeping in contacts, and although there are types of contacts made for “extended-wear,” even these have been shown to cause eye complications such as ulcers. When you are wearing contacts, it actively deprives your cornea of oxygen, increasing the risk of infection and damage.
3. Electronic Device Use
As years go on, the use of electronic devices become more and more common. Our phones, tablets, TVs, and computers all emit blue light, which is believed to cause harm to the eyes much like UV rays from the sun. Focusing on anything for extended periods of time can also cause eye-strain, much like using any part of your body for a long period of time.
4. Using Expired Products
A lot of patients believe that expiration dates on products aren’t too big of a deal, but unfortunately for eye products like contact solution, they can be highly important. These products contain ingredients and cleansers that can break down over time, which reduces their effectiveness, and in some occasions, creates the risk for an infection.
5. Not Wearing Sunglasses
Most patients think of sunglasses as a summertime accessory. However, it’s very important to wear them year-round. During winter, UV rays can actually reflect of off the snow, damaging the eyes.