Bad Habits That Harm Your Eyes

Green EyeThere are a lot of good habits that keep your eyes healthy. Eating a balanced diet, wearing your prescribed eyewear, and visiting your ophthalmologist for regular checkups are just a few habits that will keep your eyes healthy.

However, there are quite a few bad habits that can harm your eyes. Learn more about which habits to avoid below:

Rubbing Your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes when they are itchy spreads germs and increases the odds of something getting stuck in your eye that shouldn’t be there. Rubbing your eyes also harms the fragile skin in that area. If your eyes are itchy, try holding a cool compress against them. If your eyes are itchy often, there may be an underlying problem, so you should schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist.


Smoking harms your entire body, and that includes your eyes. Get help to stop smoking today.

Bad Makeup Hygiene

Applying makeup with dirty brushes can spread bacteria and cause eye infections. Keep your makeup tools clean and never share eye makeup with others. It is also important to replace your eye makeup every few months and wash your makeup off every night before going to bed.

Skimping On Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential to staying healthy. If you are sleep deprived, your eyes may start to suffer. Some people who don’t get enough sleep notice that their eyes are dryer and sometimes their eyelids twitch.

Not Wearing Eye Protection

Your eyes are remarkable at healing themselves and staying healthy, but you need to do your part to prevent injuries and damage.

Wear sunglasses when you’re outside to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Wear goggles while swimming to protect your eyes from bacteria in the water.

Always wear safety glasses or goggles when working with tools or chemicals.

The right habits will keep your eyes healthy while bad habits will cause harm. To learn more about protecting your vision, schedule an appointment with the Retina Consultants of Hawaii. Getting your eyes checked regularly is one of the best things you can do to prevent vision loss and protect the health of your eyes.