Your eyesight is precious, and your eyes are delicate. Those two facts alone are solid reasons to take excellent care of your vision.
The office of Paul Thompson, OD is an expert in the field of optometry. Our state-of-the-art testing and diagnostic equipment check the health of your eyes, and our selection of frames gives you voluminous choices in eyewear. We also prescribe contact lenses.
It’s easy to take healthy eyes for granted, so find out if you’re doing right by them by avoiding these things that are wrong for them.
You don’t wear sunglasses.
Sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays greatly reduce your chances of developing macular degeneration, pterygium (a condition in which tissue that grows over the sclera, the white layer that covers most of an eyeball’s exterior) and sooner-than-normal cataracts.
You rub your eyes.
Your hands are germ magnets that could spread harmful bacteria. Rubbing could also further irritate them, injure blood vessels and worsen what’s bothering them.
You neglect to care for your contacts.
Clean them with the solution your optometrist recommended—not saliva or water. Stow them in an appropriate case that you replace every three months. Remove them before you turn in for the night, or, if they’re disposables, change them out according to your optometrist’s instructions.
You wear eye makeup overnight.
Bits of eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara can find their way into your eyes and promote an infection. Take all of it off before turning in each night.
You leave your contacts in while showering.
Germs in the water can get under your lenses and stimulate infection. Remove them before showering or wear waterproof goggles. With daily disposables, toss them afterward or at the end of the day.
You don’t protect them during hazardous activities.
Use safety glasses or goggles, a sturdy safety shield and eye guards while playing sports, working around your yard (raking leaves or mowing the lawn), operating machinery (chainsaws, jigsaws, snowblowers, and manual or powered saws) and using harsh cleaning chemicals. Your eyesight could depend on those precautions.
Paul Thompson, OD is dedicated to providing the best care. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us today for an appointment. We look forward to finding out how we can help you.
By Paul Thompson, OD
August 30, 2022
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