7 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Eyes

Young woman selecting glasses

Looking people directly in the eye is a powerful way to create a positive first impression. That’s why it’s important to protect your eyes, so you enjoy a lifetime of good vision.

Here are seven ways to take better care of your eyes.

1. Follow contact lens care advice– About 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. Clean and store lenses using a recommended sterile solution. Don’t ever use a homemade saline solution as it may contain organisms that could cause an eye infection.

Eye doctors recommend not wearing contacts while sleeping, even if the manufacturer says it’s safe. Wearing contact lenses at night can restrict oxygen flow to the cornea and inhibit natural cleansing of the eye while you sleep, increasing the risk of infection.

2. Use medically approved color lenses– Wearing decorative lenses is a popular fashion statement, especially during the holidays. Many people purchase color lenses online or from retail stores. However, these lenses are not medically safe and do not accurately fit your eye. Using these lenses can damage your eyes and cause vision loss. Contact your eye doctor to purchase decorative lenses designed to fit your eyes.

3. Protect eyelids– Shaving the inside of the eyelids is a dangerous way to unblock oil glands. It’s a risky practice, eye doctors report, because it’s easy to cut the eyeball. Instead, when oil glands are blocked, apply a warm compress and gently massage the eyelid periodically throughout the day. If the problem persists for more than a few days, contact your eye doctor.

4. Tattoo skin, not your eyes– Another style statement is to tattoo the white part of the eye. The practice, called sclera staining, uses a needle to inject ink into the eye. According to eye doctors, the body naturally rejects the color, so it doesn’t permanently stay in the eye. And if the needle isn’t clean, there is an increased risk for infection.

5. Wear safety glasses– Over 2.5 million eye injuries are reported each year. At least 90 percent can be prevented with the use of safety or sports glasses. Protect your eyes by choosing a certified safety eyeglass frame that wraps around to cover the sides of the eyes.

6. Discard old eye makeup– Bacteria that cause infections can live on makeup for weeks, eye experts report. That’s why it’s important to buy fresh eye makeup every 4 to 6 months. It’s also important to never share eye makeup products to avoid spreading germs.

7. Seek medical attention for lesions– If you develop a cyst or stye on the eyelid, don’t pop it. Instead, apply a warm compress to the area for a couple of minutes at least 2 to 3 times a day. If the bump doesn’t heal, contact your eye doctor.

Learn more vision care tips by reading these blogs:
5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Health After Age 60
3 Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

American Optometric Association
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Ellen Hughes ,

    I do like that you suggested contacting your eye doctor if you’re looking to purchase contact lenses to make sure that you’ll end up buying contact lenses that are designed to fit your eyes. My sister has astigmatism, and she’s looking to wear contacts that can help her. I want to make sure that she won’t end up damaging her eyes because of wrong contacts, so I’ll visit an optometrist with her soon.

    • Lillian Schaeffer ,

      Thanks for bringing to my attention the importance of following instructions and using a sterile solution for contact lenses. My brother wants to get a prescription for contacts, but he hasn’t ever had to take care of them before. I’m sure there are a lot of things that he doesn’t know about contact lens care, so I’ll make sure he asks thorough questions when he goes to visit an eye doctor.

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