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4 Surprising Vision Attackers

Despite how important healthy eyesight is, it’s easy to take it for granted. Are you accidentally damaging your vision with one of these common habits?


1. Not Wearing Sunglasses


Your eyes don’t get sunburned, but that doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays are harmless to them. It’s just the opposite, actually. Over time, ultraviolet radiation can damage your lens and cornea. This can cause cataracts. So, wear sunglasses!


2. Eating Too Much Salt, Sugar or Carbs


Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the worst conditions for eye health. Eye diseases caused by these conditions can damage the tiny blood vessels in your eye, triggering blurry vision, nerve damage and blindness. High blood pressure is linked to excessive salt intake, and sugar increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes.


3. Drinking Too Much Coffee


It’s hard to resist the pull of your morning coffee. Unfortunately, too much caffeine can raise the pressure inside your eyes. People who get excessive caffeine have three times the risk of glaucoma, a condition that can cause permanent vision loss. Not everyone is affected this way, but people with a family history of glaucoma need to be careful.


4. Using Electronic Devices Constantly


It’s good to keep your mind active, and electronic gadgets can help with this. Unfortunately, spending too much time with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or TV can damage your vision.


The bright light of computer screens can have long-term effects on your vision, increasing your risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, a type of damage to the retina.


Plus, many people blink less when using electronic devices. Not blinking contributes to eye strain and dry eyes. If you notice shoulder pain and headaches at night, eye strain may be the cause.


Protect Your Eyes


It’s no exaggeration to say that your vision is one of the greatest gifts you have. Your eyes let you gaze into the smiling faces of loved ones, see the wondrous beauty of nature and work on projects that you enjoy. Keep them safe by giving them plenty of rest, healthy nutrition, UV protection and some TLC.

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