Seemingly Harmless Habits That Can Really Irritate Your Eyes

Do you ever find yourself wondering why your eyes are so irritated all the time? You wear your sunglasses when you got outside, you moisturize at night, heck, you don’t even watch that much T.V.! But you still might be doing things every day that are causing the irritation. Here just a few examples of seemingly harmless habits that are likely hurting your eyes.

LEAVING THE CEILING FAN OVERNIGHT

If you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom, you’re going to want to stop leaving it on overnight. Trust me, I know how uncomfortable hot nights can be, but the fan could be seriously drying out your eyes! That constant wind blowing on your face, regardless of if your eyes are fully closed, will dry them right out. So just run the fan for a while before you go to bed to cool down the room, but be sure to turn it off before you fall asleep.

NOT USING AN AIR PURIFIER

These days more and more people are using air purifiers at home. And there’s a reason for that. There is all kinds of stuff in the air that we can’t see that could be harmful. Air fresheners fight them and all and keep the air clean and healthy for your body. Specifically for your eyes, they’re great for alleviating allergies and keeping your eyes properly hydrated.

STARING AT YOUR SCREENS

We all do this and we’ve all heard plenty about how bad it is for you. That’s because it is! Especially at night. Staring at your laptop or cell phone for too long at night can literally lead to eye sores and also slows your body’s ability to produce melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. So just pick a time of night and make a rule that you won’t look at one of your screens after that time. It’s easier than you think!

MAINTAINING A LAZY DIET

Not many people realize this, but your diet can greatly affect your eyes. Specifically not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to dry eyes. So load up on nuts, seeds, and especially fish to get the proper amount of this precious fatty acid. If you don’t want to bother with diet changes, you can also get it through various supplements and pills.

LEAVING YOUR CONTACT LENSES IN FOR TOO LONG

I mean, I shouldn’t even have to say this one at this point. But so many of you still do this! Come on, people! You know how bad this can be for your eyes. You’re home, anyway. No one’s around. No matter how embarrassed you may be with them, just take out those contacts and rely on your glasses for the rest of the night. 

SLEEPING WITH EYELINER AND MASCARA STILL ON

Just like contacts, I shouldn’t still be telling you this! We all know how unhealthy it is to sleep in your makeup. Specifically, with eyeliner and mascara, the particles from the makeup can actually get into your eyes, which can obviously irritate them. So just use those makeup removers I know you have and wash your face before bed. It’s just as important to your beauty routine as the makeup itself!