Good vision is easy to take for granted until you don’t have it. Furthermore, the eyes have been described as “windows to the soul.” In addition to using them to see, we use them to communicate, express emotion, and bond with others. Taking care of your eyes and vision doesn’t have to be difficult. Take note of these simple ways to protect your peepers.
14. Keep Your Fingers Out of Your Eyes
As tempting as it may be to rub your eyes when they feel tired or irritated, doing so can cause damage. Rubbing your eyes transfers bacteria from your fingers to your eyes, which can result in an infection called conjunctivitis. Additionally, it may be tempting to rub your eye if you feel dust particles or another foreign object has landed there. Resist the urge to rub, as rubbing can cause the debris to scratch your cornea. Instead, try to flush the object out with your tears. Wash your hands, then pull your upper lid down over the lower lid and blink a few times. If that fails, you can rinse your eye with cool, clean water from the sink.
13. Wash Your Hands
Frequent hand washing is the very best way to prevent the spread of germs, and this includes protecting your eyes. Studies estimate that the average person touches their own face as much as 16 times each hour. That’s more than once every three minutes! This subconscious activity allows plenty of opportunities for germs to be introduced to the face and eyes. Make sure to wash your hands before and after eating, after touching doorknobs and elevator buttons, and after using your cell phone.