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10 Things That Are Ruining Your Eyesight

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10 Things That Are Ruining Your Eyesight

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According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly one million eye infections that require a visit to the doctor or hospital happen each year and more than 2.9 million Americans ages 40 and older have low vision.

It’s extremely important to maintain your eyesight; eat the right foods, get enough sleep and visit your eye doctor regularly. Without proper care you may find yourself victim of eye diseases and vision problems.

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Avoid harmful diseases and infections by simply changing a few daily habits. Continue reading to find out the things that are ruining your eyesight.

Not wearing sunglasses

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[Related: 11 Suncare and Sunscreen Secrets Every Women Should Know] Prolonged eye exposure to the sun can lead to serious health complications. Not wearing sunglasses allows the suns damaging rays to negatively affect your eyes. It can cause skin cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Wear sunglasses with 100 percent UVA and UVB protection for full protection against the suns ultraviolet rays.

Rubbing your eyes

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[Related: 10 Things That Are Damaging Your Skin] Although rubbing your eyes may cause a temporary feeling of relief, it actually causes more harm than good. It can permanently damage your cornea and cause dark circles to appear. But probably the most common concern is eye infections. Your hands are full of bacteria and when you touch your eyes you are spreading the bacteria. This can lead to the cold, flu or pink eye.

Staring at the computer screen for too long

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Individuals who look at computers frequently are at risk for various eye complications, some of which include itchy eyes, blurred vision, dry eyes and changes in color perception, according to research. The glare from the computer screen can also lead to eye muscle fatigue. Tip: Make sure you take a break from the screen at least once every two hours.

Watching TV at night

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Research has shown that watching TV in a dark room is bad for your eyes. The contrast of the light between your dark surroundings and brightly lit TV can cause eyestrain because the surrounding light is not matching that of the area you’re focusing on – the screen. This can cause blurry vision, dry eyes, fatigue and headaches.

Falling asleep with your contacts in

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I am sure we have all heard it before – it’s bad to fall asleep with your contacts in. If you don’t take them out, your eyes can develop Corneal neovascularization - an issue developed due to lack of oxygen in your eyes. It can also cause contact lens acute red eye and Corneal Ulcer.

Dry eyes

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A recent online poll revealed that about 48 percent of Americans ages 18 and older regularly experience dry eye symptoms, according to allaboutvision.com. This can result in itchy, sore, fatigued, red and aching eyes. These symptoms can cause inflammation and, in some cases, permanent damage to the surface of the eye.

Staring at your smartphone

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[Related: How is Your Smart Phone Messing With Your Health?]The blue light (HEV) that is emitted through our smart phones has been shown to damage our eyes and may even harm them permanently.  According to research, “HEV light is that portion of the visible light spectrum that comprises light with the shortest wavelengths, which carry the greatest potential to damage living tissue.”

Cigarettes

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As if you didn't already have enough reasons to quit smoking; it can also cause severe damage to your eyes. Studies have shown that smokers have an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, which can cause permanent vision loss. It can also cause dry eye syndrome and infant eye diseases. “Women who smoke during pregnancy transmit dangerous toxins to the placenta, potentially harming the unborn child. Smoking while pregnant increases the chance of many fetal and infant eye disorders, among other serious health problems,” says allaboutvision.com.

Using the same makeup for too long

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Wearing old mascara can lead to serious eye infections. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, eyelashes naturally have bacteria on them, and as soon as you apply your makeup brush to your eyelash, the brush is contaminated. Overtime the brush will build up harmful bacteria that can increase your chance for eye infections.

Not visiting your eye doctor regularly

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[Related: 15 Medical Tests That May Save Your Life] Even if you don’t have any issues with your eyes, it’s important to visit your eye doctor regularly. He or she may detect an issue that you didn’t even know you had. They may also see other signs of health related issues, such as diabetes, by just looking into your eyes.