Why we should never rub our eyes

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The health of our eyes is crucial because compromising them means inevitably worsening the quality of our lives.

This is also why it is necessary to pay attention to them: for example, not rubbing your eyes is a good rule to follow. Why? As British optometrist, Nimmi Mistry tells the Mirror, rubbing the eyes could damage them even more severely.

Rubbing the eyes can, for example, lead to damage to the cornea, with all that this would entail.

Why would it be better not to rub the eyes?
The health of our eyes is crucial because compromising it means inevitably worsening the quality of our lives. This is also why it is necessary to pay attention to them: for example, not rubbing your eyes is a good rule to follow. Why? As British optometrist, Nimmi Mistry tells the Mirror, rubbing the eyes could damage them even more severely.

Bacteria contamination
Rubbing our eyes is something we habitually do when our eyes are tired and irritated. For example, we have worked many hours before a computer screen. Having touched potentially bacteria-contaminated surfaces with our hands-such as smartphones, computers and desks-can put our eyes at risk if rubbed with hands not previously sanitized.

Scratches on the cornea
Rubbing the eyes in a “violent” way can also cause scratches on the cornea, which is the outermost part of the eye, thus making them more vulnerable to infection.

Chronic conditions
Rubbing the eyes can cause the eyelashes to move so that they scrape the cornea every time they are opened/closed. This condition can lead to keratoconus, a chronic disease with a progressive course resulting from decreased resistance of the corneal structure.

The consequences of a damaged cornea
For those who cannot avoid rubbing, you may be advised to use a clean handkerchief, wash your hands and not touch your eyes too violently. Damaging the cornea can bring some severe consequences, such as blurred vision, inflammation, headaches, light sensitivity, nausea, fatigue and pain.

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