5 Bad Habits That Will Have You Needing To Visit An Eye Specialist In Melbourne
There are many everyday habits we do that can cause harm to our eyes. We were always advised by our parents not to sit too close to the TV, but there are many other bad habits we may be doing without even realising. If you haven’t had an eye exam with an eye specialist in Melbourne before or it’s been a while since your last eye exam, then here are 5 bad habits to keep in mind – and avoid.
- Staring at the Screen for Too Long
A bad habit that many of us can easily do without realising it is staring at the TV or computer screen for too long. When we are focusing on looking at a computer screen, we tend to blink less than we normally do. Blinking helps us distribute the fluid throughout our eyes,and when we don’t blink enough it can cause our vision to become blurry over time and our eyes to water and burn. Be sure to take a break and focus your eyes on something else periodically.
Not surprisingly, smoking is a bad habit for many different reasons. Smoking is also bad for your eyes as it can increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome, diabetic retinopathy and developing cataracts. Smoking damages your body’s ability to provide efficient oxygenation and nutrition to the tissues in your eyes.
- Not Looking After Your Contact Lenses
Looking after your contact lenses is extremely important for maintaining good eye health. Simple mistakes such as sleeping in your contact lenses or wearing your contact lenses in swimming pools, the shower, in the ocean or hot tubs can result in bacterial contamination. This can cause eye irritation, infections and may lead to a corneal ulcer and other sight-threatening conditions. Daily disposable contact lenses can be beneficial, but consult with your eye doctor before purchasing contact lenses to ensure they fit your eyes properly.
- Forgetting Your Sunglasses
It can be a simple and honest mistake to forget your sunglasses when outside, but remember that the sun is constantly producing harmful UV (Ultraviolet) rays that can damage your retina and increase the risk of developing cataracts. Overexposure to harmful UV rays can result in ultraviolet keratitis (photokeratitis), which is similar to sunburn but on the corneas of your eyes.Always remember to wear sunglasses that have a 100% UV blocking sticker or are UV-protective sunglasses.
- Neglecting the Symptoms
Lastly, one of the worst habits is to ignore any symptoms you may be experiencing. If you are experiencing any potential symptoms such as blurry vision, sensitivity to light, eye pain, redness or flashing lights, book an appointment with an eye specialist in Melbourne straight away. The sooner an eye doctor can give you a diagnosis, the sooner you can start the road towards recovery. Ignoring symptoms can result in requiring more complex treatment and having fewer options of treatment further down the track.
There are many degenerative eye conditions that display fewer symptoms in their initial stages and can only be detected and identified through an eye examination. Call Northern Eye Centre on (03) 9459 5133 and book an appointment with an eye specialist in Melbourne today.