The sense of sight is one of the senses that are considered the most important because humans are very dependent on the eyes and vision in living their daily lives. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people do eye care in order to get optimal eye health. But without realizing it, we often conduct experiments in eye care that can actually endanger our eyes’ health.
Here are some mistakes while treating the eyes.
1. Wearing contact lenses while sleeping
Contact lenses are corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic which are placed in the cornea of the eye and are used by people who have myopia or near-sightedness. Although contact lenses have the same function as ordinary glasses, contact lenses are lighter and are invisible when worn. Because the color varies and makes the eyes look more beautiful, contact lenses are not infrequently used by people who do not experience myopia.
There are two types of contact lenses, namely the FDA (can be used overnight) and Chaudri (not recommended for use all night because of the risk of damaging the eyes). According to a study of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it was found that the risk of corneal ulcers was 10 to 15 times higher in people who wear contact lenses overnight than in people who use contact lenses only during the daytime. Therefore, even if you feel very tired and want to go to sleep immediately, don’t forget to remove the contact lenses you are using. Because if you use contact lenses during sleep, your eye cornea will not get oxygen intake that is needed and will cause infection and encourage the growth of bacteria in the eye.
If you are already using contact lenses and only noticed when you wake up from sleep, you not recommended to immediately removing it, especially if your eyes are dry. All you have to do is wait for 20 to 30 minutes and drip with contact lens liquid (artificial tears) before you remove it. And you better use glasses first.
2. Touching or rubbing your eyes
The most frequent thing you do might be touching and rubbing your eyes, especially when the eyes feel itchy. Unfortunately, rubbing your eyes too hard can cause blood vessels to burst and become inflamed. Therefore, when your eyes feel itchy or something is happening to your eyes, you can simply close your eyes and touch the outside of the eye only. Additionally, when you touch or rub the eyes; there is no guarantee that your hands are clean. In fact, your eyes are protected by mucous membranes (tissue that can collect dirt and germs; so the mucous membranes in the eyes become the best place for germs to develop); so that if you touch or rub your eyes with unclean hands, then there is a big possibility that germs will get into your eyes.
3. Long period of staring at the cellphone screen.
Lots of fun is gained through a smartphone; maybe you will often stare at the screen of a cellphone whether to play games, social media, or reading. Unfortunately, staring at the screen of a smartphone or other electronic devices for too long is not good for our eyes’ health because it is too focused at one point in the eye can which causes eye strain and headaches. Therefore, make it a habit to apply the 20-20 rule to maintain your eye health; namely 20 minutes staring at the screen of a smartphone or other electronic device and 20 seconds to look into the distance so that your eyes do not just focus on just one point.
4. Sleeping with eye makeup
Sleeping with eye makeup is not recommended. Makeup that is still attached to your eyes can clog the glands around your eyes and will cause irritation to the skin, pimples, and even lumps may appear around your eyelids. In addition, if you sleep using fake eyelashes, the glue used to attach the eyelashes to your eyes can get into the cornea and cause inflammation.
5. Using eye drops when you have red eyes.
Eye drops that you might buy at a drugstore actually contain vasoconstrictors an ingredient that can reduce the size of blood vessels in order to make redness in your eyes appear to be reduced. But what you need to know is these eye medicines also contain preservatives and other chemicals that can cause problems with your eyes in the long run. Therefore, if you experience red-eye, consult an ophthalmologist to get the right treatment.