Rubbing your eyes may seem like a harmless thing to do, but it can actually cause damage to your eyes that may require a visit to the eye doctor. Below, Nova Vision Center discusses why rubbing your eyes is a bad habit you need to avoid.
Many people rub their eyes when they’re tired or first waking up in the morning. The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, and rubbing your eyes can cause the tiny blood vessels beneath the skin to rupture. This may cause the blood to flow into the surrounding tissue, which may give you dark circles around your eyes. Consider wearing an eye mask when sleeping to discourage you from rubbing your eyes.
Higher Risk for Infection
You use your hands for practically everything–from opening doors to paying for groceries at the store. As a result, your hands carry more germs than any other part of your body, and when you touch or rub your eyes with your hands, you’re transferring those to your eyes, putting you at risk for an infection that could require treatment from an eye doctor.
Rubbing your eyes may also introduce grit, debris or other foreign bodies to your eyes. When you continue rubbing your eyes to try to relieve your discomfort, it can cause scratches on your cornea. If you feel that something is stuck in your eye, flush the eye out with saline tears.
Another danger of rubbing your eyes is it may thin out your cornea, the transparent, dome-shaped structure that covers the front part of your eyes. It also serves as your eyes’ outermost lens, controlling and focusing the light rays that enter your eyes. Habitual rubbing of your eyes may cause the cornea’s fibers to weaken, losing its shape. Eventually, the cornea will bulge outward and assume a conical exterior, a condition known as keratoconus. During your eye exam, your eye care specialist may prescribe a special type of lenses to help manage this condition. It’s also important that you keep your hands away from your eyes to prevent keratoconus progression.
To learn more about the dangers of rubbing your eyes, call us at (703) 291-0080 or complete our form. We serve Arlington, Falls Church and nearby VA areas.