Rubbing Your Eyes is Bad for You. Stop! ASAP

Did you know what can play havoc to your appearance?

Rubbing your eyes!

It seem like a relatively harmless thing to do.

After all, most of you mindlessly do it once or a few times a day, whether you are suffering from a common cold, or are just feeling tired and groggy. 

Some of you rub your eyes to stimulate tears to flow, lubricate dry eyes or to remove dust and other irritants.

For some, It can also be therapeutic as pressing down on your eyeball can stimulate the vagus nerve, which slows down your heart rate, relieving stress.

Bet, you didn’t know that if you rub your eyes too often or too hard, you can cause damage in a number of ways.

 According to top optometrists, you should take extra care not only for the delicate skin surrounding, but your eyeballs themselves. 

Damage caused by rubbing your eyes

  • It can cause your tiny blood vessels to break, resulting in blood-shot eyes and those dark, unsightly circles that you try so hard to avoid.
  • Your hands carry more germs than any other part of your body and when you rub your eye, you can easily transfer these germs resulting in infections like conjunctivitis.
  • Sometimes you get a foreign body stuck in your eye and the natural instinct is to rub it to try and remove the object. This is not a good idea because rubbing against the object can very easily scratch your cornea.
  • If you have certain pre-existing eye conditions such as progressive myopia; you may find that rubbing worsens your eyesight. 
  • If you suffer from  glaucoma, you may find that the spike in eye pressure caused by rubbing your eyes can disrupt blood flow to the back of your eye which can lead to nerve damage, and, ultimately, permanent loss of vision.
  • More worrisome, studies have shown that continuous eye rubbing can lead to thinning of your cornea, causing it to weaken and push forward to become more conical. Leading to keratoconus.

How To Prevent It

  • The best ways to prevent yourself from touching your eye area is to use eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated and prevent itching. (cool the eyedrops first before you use them to make them more comfortable).
  •  You could also use preservative-free artificial tears, also cooled, to provide more comfort.
  • Eye drops called anti-histamines and mast cell stabilizers can be used to prevent the itch that causes you to rub your eyes.
  • You can use steroid eye drops to prevent chronic eye rubbing, especially if you suffer from allergies.
  • If something is stuck in your eye, attempt to flush it out with sterile saline or artificial tears. If this doesn’t work, head straight to your doctor.

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