The rubbing of the eyes can feel very good and relaxing, but too much of it can cause serious problems. A susceptible organ in the human body, constant rubbing of the eye, can lead in the longer term to several eye-related problems.
Dust, allergies and constant staring at the computer screen make the eye weak and tired. The immediate relief we seek is to continually rub our eyes. It may be relaxing for the moment, but it can damage the eye to a great extent. Consistent rubbing of the eye is even considered therapeutic, as it stimulates the vagus nerve. This nerve helps to slow a person's heartbeat and help relieve stress. Too much of anything can be a serious problem, and the same goes for this habit. Constant rubbing can cause significant changes in the eye, exposing the eye to the risk of allergies and weakened eye muscles. Following are some serious damages that can be caused by continuous rubbing on the eye:
If you rub your eyes constantly, tiny blood vessels in the eye may break. This syndrome can be a cause of bloodshot eyes and even ugly dark circles.
If you rub your eyes, expose your eye to the bacteria that are in your hands. Bacterial eye infections can be serious and lead to infections such as conjunctivitis. Rubbing can make the existing eye problems worse.
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The immediate reaction of a foreign body in the eye is the rubbing. There is a misconception that rubbing the eye could remove the foreign body from the eye. On the contrary, rubbing on a foreign body can damage the cornea.
The constant rubbing can also lead to dry eyes. Dr. Harsh Kumar of the Eye Clinic Center for Sight said, "In normal eyes, the rate of production of water (a liquid that keeps the eye moist) equals the outflow rate, which maintains optimal pressure in the eye. In trauma or other factors, the channels that carry water can clog and increase the pressure in the eye. This increased pressure damages the optic nerve.
Rubbing the eye in glaucoma patients is a big problem. Increased eye pressure due to rubbing can lead to blindness in extreme cases.
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Follow these simple steps in case of eye discomfort and stop the endless rubbing of the eye. First and foremost, seek medical attention if eye irritant and allergy symptoms appear in the eye.
- Drops: Drops are the best way to soothe your eye from infection and irritation. Dryness in the eye causes irritation that can be treated with tears. Ask a doctor before dripping.
- Warm Compresses: Use a damp, warm cloth and place it on your eye if you have irritation in sight. Holding a piece of warm cloth on the eye will alleviate the irritation and eliminate the bacteria in the eye.
- Treating Eye Allergies: Ask your doctor if it is a continuing problem. The rubbing of itchy eyes can also be the reason for serious other eye diseases. Such allergies can cause bulges in the eyelids and dry spots on the eye.
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