Posted June 20, 2018
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.