Seven things that can destroy your eyes

Eyes being one of the most delicate organs of human body need the special care. Maintaining healthy eyes require more than an annual checkup at the ophthalmologist.

Even simple misses such as forgetting your sunglasses on a sunny day or sleeping in your eye makeup can pose problems gradually for your eyes.

So here are these seven measures, which can be taken to avoid damaging of the eyes, and maintaining healthy vision.

1. Sleep in contacts: Wearing contacts overnight can block oxygen from your corneas, potentially resulting in infections and corneal ulcers. Sleep lens-less for long naps.

2. No check-ups: The eyes should be checked at least once in a year. The once-yearly exam can help eye doctors spot abnormal problems, like a broken blood vessel or a tumour that you’re less likely to detect on your own.

3. Apply liner to your waterline: Putting eyeliner inside your lower lashes is risky, since the makeup can mix with your tears, coat contact lenses with particles, and in turn transfer bacteria into the eyes. To be safe, stick to putting eyeliner on outside the lash line only.

4. Wear makeup to bed: One of the biggest mistakes anyone can do is sleeping in eye makeup. It not only clogs glands around the eyes but also raises the risk of skin irritation, pimples, and styes. So, all the makeup should be removed before going to bed.

5. Forget to check your products: Using cleaning solutions, contact lenses, or eye drops after they’ve expired is sure to be less effective. Always make sure your products are still usable, and pay special attention to contact lenses, which tend to break down.

6. Overdo drops: Redness-reducing eye drops make eyes appear normal by temporarily shrinking blood vessels, but there’s a catch. The drops tend to have a rebound effect, meaning they actually make redness worse in the long run. If red eyes are an ongoing issue for you, see your doctor for a diagnosis—and a more sustainable method of treatment.

7. Ditch your eye-gear during winter: Yes, the sun can do damage even in the winter. Wear sunglasses all year round to prevent corneal burns, skin cancer on the eyelids, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Opt for shades that block 99 to 100 percent of all UVA and UVB rays.