Certain habits are common sense when it comes to taking care of your eyes, such as not staring directly into the sun or sitting directly in front of the television. Though these are commonly known to be harmful to your eyesight, there are lots of other habits people engage in that could be hurting their eyes. A recent survey says that 70 percent of people would prefer losing a limb to losing their eyesight, which is baffling as to why more people are not conscious of taking good care of their eyes. Since it’s likely that you would prefer to keep your eyesight, stop doing these six habits that can severely harm your eyes.

No protection

When you’re at the beach, you know to wear sunglasses. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that they need to wear sunglasses year-round as well, if they’re spending time outside. Even in the winter, the sun can be shining and causing damage to your eyes, especially with the way it reflects off of the snow. Always wear sunglasses that have UV protection in them and cover your entire eye.

Eyedrop happy

Some people suffer from dry eyes or want to whiten their eyes, so they use eyedrops. Unfortunately, this method can do more harm than good. Eyedrops restrict blood vessels, which causes further irritation to your eyes once the effects of the drops wear off. If you have to use eyedrops, make sure you use them sparingly.

Staring at a screen

You know not to sit too close to the television, but it can also be detrimental to be too close to a computer screen or your smartphone. Avoid setting the brightness levels too high and don’t fall asleep staring at your smartphone. When using a computer for work, sit about two feet in front of it and position the screen at a lower level than your eyes to avoid strain. It’s also important to look away from the computer every twenty minutes or so.

Improper contact care

Lots of people wear contacts, but they don’t always take the proper care of them. It’s important to never clean contacts with water and to always replace them once they’re too old. It’s also good to replace your contact case every couple of months to keep it sanitary and prevent any eye infections from occurring.

Old makeup

While some makeup can last for a while or is only used once or twice in a few weeks, it should always be replaced every few months. Different makeups have different shelf lives, but mascara is the most common to put near the eye. This makeup should be replaced every three months to avoid possible infections. Bacteria tends to grow in warm, dark places, so a mascara brush is a danger zone.

Irregular eye doctor visits

In a previous blog, I talked about eye exam habits for the people living in different cities. Research done on how often people go to see their eye doctor shows that most people do not go as often as they should, even though they consider eye health incredibly important. Make sure to go for regular eye exams, so your doctor can keep track of your eye health and prescribe the necessary lenses or medications to keep it from deteriorating.