7 Factors that can Harm your Eyesight

When it comes to your eyesight, it is very important to treat your eyes with the utmost care. You may not know it, but everyday activities can wreak havoc on your vision; causing you to have problems later down the road. At Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we are committed to maintaining your vision and maximizing your overall eye health, and by having limited exposure to the following seven factors, you can reduce the chances of your eyes becoming damaged.

Dr. William SegalSmoking: Smoking cigarettes decreases circulation and oxygen flow to the eyes, which can affect your vision and contribute to the risk of developing cataracts.

UV exposure: If you expose your eyes to excessive amounts of sun in a short time span, you can from photokeratitis. UV radiation over time can increase your chances of developing a cataract and could cause damage to the retina.

Computers: Many individuals suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) which includes blurred vision, seeing spots, headaches, and fatigue. In 2012, The Vision Council reported that almost 70% of United States adults experience some sort of eye strain from digital devices.

Bright lights: With extended exposure, bright lights can damage sensitive light receptor cells in your retina.

High blood pressure: Can cause hypertensive retinopathy, which can cause damage to the eye’s blood vessels.

Reading in dim light: Though reading in dim light will not permanently damage your eyes, it can still cause strain on them.

Wearing contacts to bed or for long periods of time: Wearing lenses while sleeping can block the flow of oxygen to the eyes. Also, avoid wearing contact lenses for more than 19 hours because it can cause permanent damage as well as discomfort.

If you’re experiencing any problems with your vision, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.  Be sure to follow Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more tips for healthy eyes.