These Everyday Habits Could Hurt Your Eyes And Vision

Almost 80% of our first impressions come from eyesight. In a survey by Research!America, participants rated blindness as the worst ailment that could happen. And there are some everyday habits that can ruin your eyesight over time.

Mindless actions, such as rubbing your eyes and applying makeup, could harm your eyes in the long run. According to doctors, these actions could heighten your risk of eye disease or hasten the onset of age-related macular degeneration. To keep your vision sharp, correct these bad habits.

Limit Screen Time

A teenage girl texts in her bed in the dark.
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According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, eye doctors are seeing more and more kids with eye strain from too much screen time. Plus, nearsightedness has been on the rise since the 1970s. Screen time is at least partially responsible for this trend of vision decline.

In 2014, researchers found that kids who spent a lot of time indoors are more likely to develop nearsightedness. While the causes aren’t confirmed, researchers suggest that screen time could strain our eyes over time. For the sake of your eyes, try spending less time on your computer, phone, or TV.