Your eyes are one of the most important organs you have.  Without realizing it though, you might be causing damage to your eyes, which can have a long-term effect on how well you see. To help you keep your eyes healthy, here are some of the worst mistakes you could be making and what you can do to correct them. 

Applying Makeup Before Putting on Contacts

Good hygiene is important when putting on and taking out contacts. Part of that is ensuring that you do everything you can to reduce the possibility of foreign objects getting under and on your contacts. When you apply makeup before putting on your contacts, you run the risk of the makeup getting onto the contact and causing irritation. 

To avoid this, always put in your contacts first. By doing this, you ensure that your hands are still clean after washing them and you can avoid getting makeup under your lenses. 

Showering with Your Contacts On

Putting on your contacts before showering in the morning sounds like a good idea, but it is not. Water sources can sometimes contain a microorganism known as Acanthamoeba. If it gets into your eyes, an infection can occur.

An Acanthamoeba infection can result in a number of symptoms, including irritation, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. In some instances, it can even lead to permanent vision loss. 

It is important to remember to always put in your contacts after you shower. As an added precaution, be sure to thoroughly dry your hands before putting in your contacts. 

Only Wearing Sunglasses in the Summer Months

Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement. They help to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Prolonged exposure to those rays can result in corneal burns and skin cancer on your eyelids. 

Some people believe that sunglasses are only needed for the warm summer months. In actuality, it is important to wear them year-round. The sun can still be damaging in the winter months. For example, snow can help to reflect more sunlight back to your face, which can be harmful to your eyes. 

In addition wearing the sunglasses year-round, ensure that they offer protection from UVA and UVB rays. The addition of a broad-brimmed hat can increase the protection you have. 

Consult with an eye doctor to learn other mistakes that could possibly lead to problems with your eyes. By avoiding these mistakes, you can keep your eyes healthy. 

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