Rubbing Your Eyes? 3 Reasons You May Be Hurting Them

Whether it's because you're tired from not getting enough rest the night before or your eyes are itching like crazy, the first urge that you have is to rub your eyes. However, before you do it, you should think about the consequences that come with rubbing your eyes. Sure, your rubbing may provide relief temporarily, but there are some major side effects that you probably don't know about.

1. You May Helping to Contribute to Those Unsightly Dark Circles.

There are tons of tiny blood vessels located all around your eyes. When you rub your eyes over and over, you are actually breaking those blood vessels. It is this what results in those dark circles underneath your eyes that make you look like you only got a couple of hours of sleep the night before.

2. Your Dirty Hands Could Cause an Infection of the Eye.

Your hands are used for just about everything, so it goes without saying that they accumulate a large amount of germs, dirt and other bacteria. While you may have washed your hands when you left the bathroom, your hands have likely touched plenty of things since then. When you go to rub your eyes, you are transferring any bacteria and germs that have built up on your hands since your last hand washing. These germs and bacteria can result in eye infections, such as pink eye as well as other non-eye and eye-related issues.

3. You May Be Causing Permanent Eye Damage.

More often than not, when you itch your eye, it's because it feels like there is something in it. The more it itches and hurts, the harder you rub. When you use your hand and fingers to rub your eyes, you may scratch your cornea. In severe cases, you may permanently damage the cornea. If the itching it brought on by allergies, you are actually doing more damage by rubbing your eyes because the itch will get worse as more allergens are released into the eye area.

Your eyes will produce tears naturally in order to flush out any irritants and foreign objects that are in the eyes. If you think the problem may be from dry eye, then try using eye drops to help alleviate the itchiness. Otherwise, if your eyes are constantly itching and you don't know why or what to do about it, contact your optometrist. He or she will be able to conduct an eye exam and get to the bottom of what is causing your itchy eyes. For more information, contact Terrezza O.D. & Associates, P.A. or a similar organization.