Proper Eye Care - Rubbing Your Eyes Vigorously Can Affect Your Vision

Posted on: 26 October 2016

Do you rub your eyes vigorously when you wake up, when feeling tired, removing makeup, or habitually during the day? If so, you may consider stopping this habit as it can negatively affect your vision. The eyes are very delicate and sensitive parts of the body, and proper care should be taken when handling them to ensure that you don't end up having eye problems that could otherwise be avoided. Here are some of the ways in which rubbing your eyes can affect your vision, and the measures that you can take to protect it.

Transfer of bacteria

The hands come across a host of bacteria as you work, undertake household chores, or touch surfaces, and if you rub the eyes without disinfecting your hands, you will transfer the bacteria to the eyes. This can result in eye infections and irritation. Also, if you suffer from allergies, rubbing your eyes can transfer the allergens that may be stuck on the eyelids in the eyes and make the irritation worse.

Ensure that your hands are always clean if you have to rub your eyes for relief. Also, make sure that you don't apply unnecessary force and pressure as this could irritate the eyes or make them puffy.

Worsened eye conditions

Rubbing the eyes vigorously can result in excess pressure, which can worsen any eye condition that you may be having. For instance, if you suffer from short-sightedness, rubbing the eyes tends to worsen the condition and reduce your ability to see. Also, the application of pressure to the eyes can weaken the cornea and cause significant loss of vision.

Ensure that you apply minimal pressure when undertaking mandatory activities such as removing makeup. Also, wipe tears gently and avoid rubbing the eyes when crying as this will make them extra puffy. Be particularly careful about the amount of pressure you apply to the eyes if you have an underlying eye condition.

Dark under-eye circles

Lack of sleep is not the only cause of dark circles under the eyes. Regular rubbing of the eyes can rupture small blood vessels near the skin surface around the eyes. This is usually more common in older people, and it may cause puffiness, drooping eyelids, and dark circles. These can affect the entire appearance of the face by making you appear dull and sleepy. Resist the temptation to rub the eyes so as to maintain a fresh and lively appearance.

Vigorous rubbing of the eyes can cause these conditions which can significantly affect your vision. Visit an optometrist for consultation and treatment if you have any concerns about your vision or suffer from eye allergies.