5. Redness-Reducing Eye Drops
If you ask any optometrist you’ll get resounding concurrence when it comes to redness-banishing eye-drops—don’t use them! Over-the-counter lubricants are able to reduce redness because they contain vasoconstrictor chemicals and preservatives that shrivel the blood vessels to make redness dissipate. However, they are just hiding the real problem. Instead, talk to your optometrist about red eyes and use natural eyes moisturizers, like true tears with no chemical additives.
6. Expired Eye Drops
There are certain products you just shouldn’t use past the expiration date—and eye drops is definitely one of them! Why? Because both eye drops and contact lens solution contain ingredients that eradicate bacteria that’s prone to lingering on lenses. If the solution is expired, chances are the anti-bacterial ingredients are expired to, risking you a nasty infection.
7. Past Due Contact Lenses
Like expired eye drops and contact lens solution, past due contact lenses pose a danger to your peepers if they are no longer sterile solution or have begun to degrade. Both can cause a nasty amoebae-related infection of the cornea, known as Acanthamoeba Keratitis.
8. Skipping Annual Eye Exams
Just because your vision was 20/20 in 2008 doesn’t give you cause to skip your annual eye exam. For instance, VSP, the largest not-for-profit vision insurance company in the U.S., cautions that an annual eye exam can detect more than just standard vision issues—exams can uncover glaucoma, diabetes, and even life-threatening brain tumors that would otherwise be missed.