Here are some tips on how to look after your eyes, so that you can avoid eye health problems later on in life.
Did you know that rubbing the sleep from your eyes in the morning, or even rubbing them while you are sitting at your computer because you are tired, can give you eye cornea problems later on in life?
A swollen cornea or a distorted cornea as it is known is caused from rubbing your eyes too hard over time. If a specialist looks at your eyes sideways, eye cornea problems will show with an eyeball that bulges outwards.
The big danger of rubbing your eyes constantly could eventually deform the shape of your corneas.
The cornea is the transparent part of the eye in front that covers the iris, which is the colored part of your eye, and your pupil. A normal cornea is round in shape, but when it is damaged, the eyeball becomes oval and shows a point instead of a gradual curve.
The eyeball is made up mainly of fluid, and rubbing your eyes hard increases the pressure on this fluid inside your eye. When you rub too often, the shape of your cornea is permanently altered and this will affect your vision.
When the cornea bulges outwards, you could end up having double vision, or see things like strips in front of your eyes. Your sensitivity to light is also increased.
You may not realize how often you rub your eyes, so tell your family and friends to nag you if they see you doing this. An occasional quick rub of your eyes shouldn’t cause a problem, but you must try and become aware of long term habits that can affect the long-term health of your eyes.
Other daily activities can also cause pressure in your eyes. They include the following:
Swimming goggles, sleeping on your stomach, exercising with heavy weights, standing on your head, playing wind musical instruments and wearing mascara and not removing it properly before going to bed at night.
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Scratched cornea symptoms and damage to the cornea can be repaired by surgery or managed by wearing contact lenses, but prevention is always the best treatment.
Think about this article the next time you rub your eyes. Cornea problems can be avoided in later life.
How Do You Know If Your Cornea Is Damaged?
Depending on the cause and symptoms, corneal damage may include the following:
- Redness and swelling of the eye tissues and eyelid
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensation of something in the eye
- Eye discharge
- Milky or cloudy area on the cornea
- Vision loss
Luckily, the cornea usually heals itself after most injury or disease. However, when there is deep or continuous injury to the cornea, the healing process may be prolonged, possibly resulting in a variety of symptoms, including pain or blurred vision.
Superficial corneal abrasions tend to get better within two to three days, but some corneal abrasions may require an antibiotic ointment that stays on the eye longer, a steroid to decrease inflammation, and something to relieve pain and light sensitivity.
When Should You Protect Your Eyes?
You will want to protect your eyes when you are:
- cooking on an open flame especially if using hot or volatile liquids
- mowing your lawn especially if using a weed eater
- spraying chemicals in your garden
- doing home or car repairs
- anytime you are out in the sun
- Playing sports such as tennis, baseball, basketball, and racquetball
Also remember that there are certain foods that you can eat to improve your eye health. Carrots are not the only type of food that is good for the eyes – in fact, they’re not even among the top foods that promote good eye health. Try to eat lots of green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach, as well as foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish.
If you look after your eyes, in the long run, they will take care of you.
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