Factors That Can Age Your Eyes Prematurely

June 10, 2015

It’s no secret that as we age, our eyes are one of the first areas the show the effects. The fact of the matter is, there are plenty of things we do everyday that are prematurely aging our eyes! Bad habits are hard to break, but here are a few you might want to reconsider. Isn’t it time your started putting your health first?

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Wiping the Sleep Away

We’ve all heard our mothers complaining about laugh lines or crow’s feet. That’s because the delicate skin around our eyes is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. The skin around our eyes is actually 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. Factors such as prolonged (and unprotected) exposure to the sun, smoking, and a variety of environmental factors come into play. What’s more is that the skin around your eyes is actually so sensitive that the simple act of rubbing your eyes when waking up can cause the blood vessels to burst. Not only does this increase the chance of dark circles and puffy eyes, it also increases the likelihood of premature aging.

Too Much Screen Time

We know you’re no stranger to the negative effects of sitting front of a computer screen all day. Sore, irritated eyes, headaches, and general dizziness ensue. It’s actually suggested that when you spend prolonged time in front of a computer screen you blink approximately 1/3 less! In effect, your eyes can become incredibly dry when you’re seated in front of the computer for long periods of time. In order to combat this, take a 5-minute break for every hour you spend in front of a computer screen or working up close. Furthermore, there are many excellent anti-glare screen filters you can purchase at any tech store that will help!

The Shade Factor

There’s no better feeling than lying in the sand and having the sun warm your skin. In spite of this, we all know that UV rays can be incredibly harmful to our skin. In addition to UV rays, there are high-energy visible (HEV) rays that can not only damage your eyes but also cause premature aging. This damage can mean the early development of cataracts, photo keratitis, macular degeneration and several other eye maladies. In order to prevent damage, ensure that you’re not only wearing sunglasses but that they’re quality lenses that will block 100% of rays. If you’re in the market for a new pair, be sure to give us a visit! We offer all your favorite brands from Maui Jim, Kate Spade, Lacoste and tons more. Protect your eyes in style!

Not Enough Zzzz

Beauty sleep isn’t just an idiom our mothers used, there’s a lot of truth in it! After a sleepless night we’ve all had puffy eyes and unsightly dark circles. Sadly though, continued lack of sleep things can actually become much more. The less sleep you get the more your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol effectively breaks down your skins collagen (the protein that keeps your skin smooth and elastic). This means that the less sleep you get the quicker your skin will lose its elasticity and overall youthful look. Another surprising fact you may not know is that sleeping on your face and contributes to premature lines around both the mouth and eyes. Do your best to sleep on your back (this can also aid in improved breathing for many). Furthermore, if you feel like splurging, some dermatologists say that sleeping with a silk pillowcase can lessen your chance of lines and wrinkles!

Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor

When you visit your eye doctor regularly, you ensure that your prescription is up to date. It’s important to face potential eye problems head on and prevent eye disease by staying on top of your visits. Not wearing glasses or even wearing glasses with the wrong prescription can cause eyestrain and squinting: two huge contributors to premature eye aging. Adjusting your prescription as you age will keep your eyes healthy as well as your skin!


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