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Rubbing Your Eyes - Is it Harmful?

Do you rub your eyes to often? Are you suffering from dry eyes? Do your eyes water on a regular basis? Do you feel irritated?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you are experiencing “Itchy eyes”

Itchy eyes can be extremely uncomfortable and GET THIS!

You cant scratch your eyes.

That’s right, you will need to see your local eye care doctor or try some in-home remedies.

Rubbing your eyes will only make the “itchy eye” problem worse and it could lead to several eye infections.

I have listed a few eye infection below after rubbing your eyes aggressively to often.

  • Swollen eyes: Constantly rubbing your eyes can affect the delicate area around your eyes and swell it immediately. It swells up even with a little irritation and improper sleep.

  • Puffy eyes: Just because the skin around your eyes is a little bit thinner, even the slightest pressure can form swelling and puffiness around your eyes. Avoid being harsh with your eyes.

  • Dark Circles: Scratching itchy eyes continuously can break the small blood vessels around your eyes which later on causes dark circles and this dark shadowy color circles won’t look good on the face.

  • Infected Cornea or an Eye: If you ever feel some particles in your eyes, don’t just start rubbing it harshly. It will scratch your cornea and push particles deeper into your eyes.

  • Damaged Vision: When you rub your eyes aggressively, it causes certain eye conditions such as puffy eyes, swollen eyes, scratched cornea, pink eyes etc. All these conditions harm your vision. The excessive pressure you gave to your eye increase the chances of having retinal eye problems.


Tips to Ease Swollen Eyes

Remember, these are your eyes we’re talking about, so check with your doctor before you try any treatment.

Consider the following remedies:

  • Wash your face. Washing your face is one of the first things you should do to combat itchy, swollen eyes. It can help wash away the allergens sticking to your skin and eyelashes.

  • Rinse out the eyes. Rinse out the eyes if you can with a little bit of water, and that's usually helpful. That will loosen the allergens from the inside of your eyes and help to flush them out.

  • Apply a cold compress. Cold compresses around the eyes can be helpful with itching and swelling. Soak a towel or washcloth in cold water or refrigerate a damp cloth or eye pillow. Then lie down with the compress across your eyes to let the coolness reduce swelling.

  • Try allergy eye drops. Trying an over-the-counter eye drop made to soothe itchy, swollen eyes caused by allergies. Using eye drops, which along with her other allergy treatments, soothes her eyes.

  • Take oral medications or get allergy shots. Over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications, including antihistamines, can provide some relief for milder allergy symptoms, including swollen eyes.

Stay indoors. Weather conditions play a role. A breezy day with lots of pollen in the air can keep you from soothing swollen eyes because of continued exposure to allergens. On days when outdoor allergens are high, stay inside — and save outdoor activities for just after a rain, when fewer allergens fill the air.

But if the following occur, you should call your doctor immediately:

  • Feeling like there's something stuck in your eye

  • Pain in the eye

  • Blurry vision

  • Decreased vision

Please do not wait to the last minute to take care of itchy eyes. The difference from having fun and not having fun.

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