Most of us mindlessly rub our eyes whenever they are itchy or it feels that something has entered them. While this habit may seem harmless and even helpful at times, it can cause damage to your eyes.
Your corneal reshaping therapy center explains why you should start kicking this habit and how you can do it:
The Dangers of Rubbing Your Eyes
One reason you should stop rubbing your eyes is that doing so can damage your cornea or the clear, dome-like part that covers your eyes. This can misdirect your eyelashes, resulting in the hair strands poking your eyes with each blink. It’s also possible that when you rub your eyes and there’s a contact lens or foreign matter inside, the object can scratch your cornea, leading to further irritation and maybe even abrasions.
Rubbing your eyes may also cause keratoconus. This is a condition characterized by an irregularly shaped cornea. Instead of a sphere-like shape, it assumes a cone shape, affecting how light is bent toward your eyes. Having this condition can compromise your vision. You may be required to use specialty contact lenses to help you see better.
How to Stop Kick This Habit
An effective way to start kicking this habit is to identify what causes your eyes to itch and treat them accordingly. If you feel that urge to rub them because of allergies, your eye doctor may prescribe antihistamine medications. We may also prescribe applying saline eye drops if your itchy eyes are caused by dry eyes or other irritations.
For those who often rub their eyes even when they have contact lenses in, you may want to consider using ortho k lenses instead. These are worn while you’re sleeping and removed when you wake up. On the other hand, if rubbing your eyes has become merely a habit, maybe it’s time that you become more aware of what you’re doing during your idle time. You may also want to find something else to do with your hands, such as squeezing a stress ball or using a fidget box or spinner. Use gloves or mittens to cover your hands so that rubbing your eyes won’t be as easy.
For more tips on taking care of your eyes, contact a myopia control specialist in your area today.