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Germs and Our Eyes: Why Rubbing Your Eyes Could Be Harmful

Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes throughout the day? Maybe you have itchy eyes due to allergies or simply because you're tired. Regardless of the reason, rubbing your eyes is a habit that many of us have developed. While it may seem harmless, did you know that this action can lead to bacteria and germs entering your eyes? In this blog post, we'll dive into the germs living on our skin, hands, and under our fingernails, the natural defenses of the eyes, and how we can help protect our eyes from germs.

The Germs Living on Our Skin, Hands, and Under Our Fingernails:
Our bodies are home to millions of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses. Many of these microorganisms live on our skin, hands, and under our fingernails. This is why washing our hands frequently is so important, as we can unknowingly transmit these germs to our face and eyes through touch. When we rub our eyes, we're introducing these germs directly into our eyes, potentially leading to eye infections and illnesses.

The Natural Defenses of the Eyes:
Our eyes have natural defenses against germs and infections. For example, tears contain lysozyme, a protein that destroys bacteria. Additionally, the eyelashes and eyelids help to protect our eyes from dirt, dust, and germs. However, repeatedly rubbing our eyes can disrupt these natural defenses, making us more susceptible to infections.

We Can Help Protect Our Eyes From Germs:
While we can't completely eliminate the germs around us, we can take steps to protect our eyes. One of the most important things we can do is to avoid rubbing our eyes altogether. If you have itchy or dry eyes, try using eye drops or a cold compress instead of rubbing them. If you wear contacts, always use clean hands when handling your contacts and putting them in your eyes, as well as proper storage, usage and cleaning procedures in order to reduce the chances of infections. Additionally, washing your hands frequently in general and avoiding touching your face can also help to reduce the spread of germs.

Lentz Eye Care is Here For You:
If you do develop an eye infection or notice any changes in your vision or eye health, it's important to seek professional care. At Lentz Eye Care, our team of experts can provide comprehensive eye exams and treatment for a range of eye conditions. From pink eye to dry eye, we're here to help you maintain healthy vision and eye health.

Protecting our eyes from germs is important for overall eye health and preventing infections. By avoiding the habit of rubbing our eyes, washing our hands frequently, and seeking professional care when necessary, we can help maintain healthy vision and prevent the spread of germs. If you have any concerns about your eye health or are experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms, don't hesitate to contact Lentz Eye Care for expert care and support.