If these eye conditions are not enough, there are other reasons why you should stop rubbing your eyes. They may not seem serious, but they are things that can change how the eyes appear.
The conjunctiva is the tissue which covers the whites of the eye and lines the inside of our eyelids. When the eyes are rubbed, the blood vessels in the conjunctiva can break. Inflammation is caused which results in redness and the appearance of having blood-shot eyes.
The skin below our eyes is very delicate. When the blood vessels in this area burst, it creates or worsens the dark shadows under the eyes. Those are the ones which we all try so hard to get rid of or avoid!
We would all like to retain our youthful looks. However, rubbing your eyes too much causes the eyelids to lose their elasticity. This gives the eye a wrinkled look and the appearance of being older than it actually is.
Rubbing your eyes is not something that any doctor would recommend you do. So why do it? Giving up is not nearly as difficult as you may think. There is no need to spend all day sitting on your hands to stop. Following these few simple instructions will ensure your eyes stay healthy.
To remove sleep from your eyes when you wake in the mornings, try applying a wet facecloth or warm compress. This will also help to relieve any itching or soreness.
One of the best ways to avoid touching your eyes is to keep them hydrated. Artificial tear eye drops can be bought over the counter and are a great way for the eyes to stay lubricated.
When you feel the urge to rub, use a couple of drops. The additional moisture will flush out anything which is causing the irritation.
When something is stuck in your eye, try flushing it out with artificial tears or a sterile saline solution. If this does not work, see your doctor straight away and let him/her remove the object for you.
Most importantly, make sure you wash your hands frequently. If you are unable to prevent yourself from rubbing your eyes, at least the chance of eye infection can be reduced.
In all instances, if eye dryness, itchiness or soreness persists, book an appointment to see your eye doctor. They will be able to identify the underlying cause of the symptoms. As artificial tears are non-medicated, you may require something additional to provide relief. Allergy or steroid drops may be prescribed to you.
If you already have sore, itchy or red eyes, rubbing will only agitate the problem. This in turn will make you want to rub them even more. So next time you bring your hands up to touch your eyes, hopefully you will resist the urge.
If you have any concerns about rubbing your eyes, contact us at the New Jersey Eye Center or walk in to have an eye exam.