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So many things that seem right at the moment have consequences later, and the simple act of Eye rubbing turns out to be one of them.
Whether it's a long day, a long night before the long day, or just the usual hours on your computer, tired eyes have to be rubbed. "Her eyes usually dry During the day, "says Beeran Meghpara, MD, who visits the corneal surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital, rubbing the tears on the surface of the eye can spread and lubricate them, pushing the lids releases oil and the surface becomes beautiful smooth. "So there's a good reason why it feels so good, he says.
But "it's not the best thing you can do," he admits. Anything that rubs can aggravate – some say it can cause – severe corneal disease – the keratoconus, which weakens the cornea, loses its shape and causes vision problems. It's considered a pretty rare disease, but hundreds of thousands of people have it. And you do not want to be one.
If you really press the eyelids while rubbing, eye pressure also increases. This increases the risk of glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve and causes vision loss over time. All rather compelling reasons to resist the friction. Fortunately, there are other things you can do.
What do you do instead of rubbing your eyes?
- breaking point. "Artificial tears are probably the simplest thing," says Dr. Meghpara. Choose any formula, from liquid to gel to ointment. However, you will not receive a product that says it causes red spots. These are often irritating. If your eyes are so dry that you need to use artificial tears more than twice a day, you should see a doctor to see if you have a dry eye that can be treated.
- Use warm compresses over your eyes . Try a warm washcloth or warm mask to make your eyes feel refreshed. Not that you would get this out in the middle of the day, but it could help you reduce the nocturnal rubbing of the eyes.
- Treat allergies if you have them. The rubbing of the eyes that itch through seasonal allergies can start a vicious circle. Allergies can cause bumps on the inside of your eyelids, and rubbing irritates them more. It's like scratching a dry spot on your skin – it feels good for a few moments, but it makes you even more irritated in the end. The treatment of allergies should help to eliminate the problem of friction.