Eye Health Tips: Fix These 5 Daily Habits That Could Be Leading To Poor Vision

Pay attention to these 5 daily habits that can contribute to poor eye health and break them to maintain healthy vision for the rest of your life.

Updated June 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

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Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

Poor eyesight can be the result of habits and lifestyle choices as well as pre-existing health conditions. A confluence of factors, including genetics, age, and your personal environment, can affect your vision. While people can correct their vision by simply getting a pair of glasses or contact lenses, they tend to skip other steps that are essential to taking care of their eyesight. With the world surrounded by screens, it’s easy to develop bad habits that can contribute to poor vision. According to a WHO report, at least 2.2 billion people worldwide have near or far vision impairment. In at least 1 billion – almost half – of these cases, the visual impairment could have been prevented or has not yet been treated. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Tushar Grover, Medical Director of Vision Eye Center New Delhi, revealed 5 daily habits one should break to maintain healthy vision for the rest of your life: (Anna Shvets)

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1. Excessive smartphone use - Smartphones can strain your eyesight and cause vision problems if you use them for hours a day, especially if you try to read small texts on your cell phone screens too often.  Just like smartphones, prolonged exposure to laptop screens can also damage your eyes, as the light emitted from these screens can cause dry eyes, headaches, and eye strain.  Too much exposure to screens can cause blurry and unclear vision.  (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

1. Excessive smartphone use – Smartphones can strain your eyesight and cause vision problems if you use them for hours a day, especially if you try to read small texts on your cell phone screens too often. Just like smartphones, prolonged exposure to laptop screens can also damage your eyes, as the light emitted from these screens can cause dry eyes, headaches, and eye strain. Too much exposure to screens can cause blurry and unclear vision. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

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2. Smoking - While there are many reasons why you shouldn't smoke, including an increased risk of throat and lung cancer, you should

Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

2. Smoking – While there are many reasons why you shouldn’t smoke, including an increased risk of throat and lung cancer, you should “kick your ass” as it can also cause vision problems . Smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco has been linked to serious conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts which can even lead to blindness! (Pixabay)

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3. Not wearing sunglasses - You can expose your eyes to harmful UV rays if you don't wear sunglasses regularly when you go out.  These harmful rays can cause vision problems and also invite other sight problems such as macular degeneration and eye cancer!  Even if you wear contact lenses, sunglasses can act as a barrier between your eyes and the outside air which can be laden with harmful pollutants.  (Pexels)

Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

3. Not wearing sunglasses – You can expose your eyes to harmful UV rays if you don’t wear sunglasses regularly when you go out. These harmful rays can cause vision problems and also invite other sight problems such as macular degeneration and eye cancer! Even if you wear contact lenses, sunglasses can act as a barrier between your eyes and the outside air which can be laden with harmful pollutants. (Pexels)

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4. Frequent Eye Rubbing - You should avoid the temptation to rub your eyes no matter how badly you want to do it.  The reason for this is that you can damage the outer surface of your eyes causing burning and stinging sensations, in addition to spreading dirt and bacteria into your eyes.  Frequent rubbing of the eyes can also weaken the cornea, which can lead to irreversible deterioration of vision.  If you feel the need to rub, you can sprinkle water on it or use a cold compress to soothe the irritation.  (Karolina Grabowska)

Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

4. Frequent Eye Rubbing – You should avoid the temptation to rub your eyes no matter how badly you want to do it. The reason for this is that you can damage the outer surface of your eyes causing burning and stinging sensations, in addition to spreading dirt and bacteria into your eyes. Frequent rubbing of the eyes can also weaken the cornea, which can lead to irreversible deterioration of vision. If you feel the need to rub, you can sprinkle water on it or use a cold compress to soothe the irritation. (Karolina Grabowska)

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5. Using eye drops without consulting a doctor - People have a habit of using eye drops without consulting their doctor.  Excessive use of eye drops without proper consultation can damage your eyes.  If your eyes seem red to you, then don't panic, and put some drops because redness of the eyes is very common after a sleepless night or long hours of work.  (Tyrone Siu/REUTERS)

Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

5. Using eye drops without consulting a doctor – People have a habit of using eye drops without consulting their doctor. Excessive use of eye drops without proper consultation can damage your eyes. If your eyes look red to you, don’t panic and apply eye drops because red eyes are very common after a sleepless night or long hours of work. (Tyrone Siu/REUTERS)

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Dr. Tushar Grover said, “Apart from these habits, not including eye-friendly foods in your diet, not drinking enough water and not getting enough sleep can also lead to poor vision.  Studies have also suggested that old contact lenses should not be worn.  Some people wear contact lenses for an entire day and even sleep with them on at night, which can put you at risk for allergies, severe dry eyes, and serious sight-threatening corneal infections.  (Unsplash)

Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

Dr. Tushar Grover said, “Apart from these habits, not including eye-friendly foods in your diet, not drinking enough water and not getting enough sleep can also lead to poor vision. Studies have also suggested that old contact lenses should not be worn. Some people wear contact lenses for an entire day and even sleep with them on at night, which can put you at risk for allergies, severe dry eyes, and serious sight-threatening corneal infections. (Splash)

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The eyes are arguably the body's most valuable organ for healthy living, and most people maintain excellent eyesight throughout their lives.  We can avoid damaging this special organ by avoiding the little things we do consciously or unconsciously on a daily basis.  A regular eye exam is just one of the many preventative measures that help avoid these problems.  (Pixabay)

Updated on Jun 21, 2022 6:07 PM IST

The eyes are arguably the body’s most valuable organ for healthy living, and most people maintain excellent eyesight throughout their lives. We can avoid damaging this special organ by avoiding the little things we do consciously or unconsciously on a daily basis. A regular eye exam is just one of many preventative measures that help avoid these problems. (Pixabay)

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