3 Reasons to Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

eye care tipsYou may have heard your mother or grandmother tell you not to rub your eyes when you were little, however, just like Santa Clause, you may assume that this is another myth they were trying to fool you into believing. However, rubbing your eyes can actually cause severe damage that is irreversible. This article will discuss three reasons why you should avoid rubbing your eyes in the future— no matter how badly they are itching.

  1. You Can Develop Keratoconus
    If your eye is rubbed excessively, you can actually weaken your cornea and develop an eye disease called Keratoconus. As a disease that causes the progressive thinning and degeneration of the front part of your eye, Keratoconus can make your vision worsen and your ability to focus on objects to become a bit more difficult.
  2. You Can Scratch Your Eye
    As your natural reaction to get something that’s trapped in your eye out, rubbing your eye when you have dirt or dust trapped in it, can scratch your cornea. And although you may think a tiny scratch isn’t going to cause your vision any harm, even a small scratch on the top layer of your eye can cause you to have some problems being able to see correctly.
  3. It Can Spread Allergens
    If you suffer from seasonal allergies then you know just how obnoxious they can be. Not only can seasonal allergies cause you to sneeze all the time but they can also cause your eyes to become red and inflamed. No matter how badly your eyes itch because of your allergies, remember that rubbing them can actually spread the allergens around your eye and cause them to become further irritated.

From developing Keratoconus to spreading allergens across your eyes, rubbing your eyes is something you should refrain from at all costs. To learn more about your vision health or to schedule an eye appointment, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!

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