Seven Bad Habits That Will Age Your Eyes

Here at Dr. Alex G. Wilson and Associates are all about eye care. After all, without your eyes you wouldn’t be able to watch the Flames or Stampeders play. You wouldn’t be able to take in the sights of the Stampede either.

We want you to take care of your eyes. Today’s blog is on seven bad habits that will age your eyes. Read on and make sure you stop with these bad habits.

  1. Not wearing sunglasses Ultraviolet light breaks down the collagen fibers on the skin on the eyelids. The result makes your eyes look older and ultraviolet light can lead to cataract development, macular degeneration, skin cancer and growths on the surface of the eye that can be difficult to remove surgically.
  2. Inadequate hydration  Our bodily cells are made up of at least 55 to 60% water and we may not realize how much our eyes need hydration as well.  Failing to keep hydrated throughout the day can leave the eyes dry, bloodshot and unable to produce enough tears.
  3. Not sleeping enough Poor sleep habits can accelerate the aging process, studies have shown a lack of sleep can make it harder for the body to repair skin damage.
  4. Rubbing your eyes If you find yourself frequently rubbing your eyes the mechanical pressure can damage the connective tissue around the eyelids. Rubbing and stretching of the eyelid muscle similarly can cause drooping of the eyelid and possibly other symptoms such as watering of the eyes.
  5. Smoking If you need another reason to quit smoking add your eye health to the list of it’s harmful effects on your body. Smoking can increase the risk by four to sixfold of blindness as well as age related eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration.
  6. Poor diet Nutrients in dark, leafy green vegetables, berries and cold water fish actually have preventative benefits for diseases of the eyes such as Cataracts and Macular Degeneration.
  7. Failure to get regular eye exams An eye exam is the best way to be sure your eyes are healthy and well corrected for your daily vision needs. Excess eye strain happens from computer work as we tend to blink as much as 50% less while staring at the computer screen, so wearing corrective glasses if you require them provides a moisture barrier.  Even if you have no symptoms an annual visit  to your Optometrist will detect any problems and early treatment can be started and vision loss prevented.

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