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Be it enjoying the view, appreciating a beautiful woman, painting, telling aqua blue from royal blue, drooling over an appetizing meal or simply threading a needle, the EYES become the most valuable part of the body. (Argue with me all you want but what is a body without the eyes?)

Your vision is precious and so easy to lose. Dangers lurk everywhere, and a moment of carelessness can result in a lifetime of blindness. Here are 11 activities which affects the eyes:

1. Outdoor activities involving sun exposure. A common hazard for eyes is prolonged contact with the sun its ultra-violet rays. These powerful rays can cause permanent, irreversible damage to the inner part of the eyes. Sun bathing and other outdoor activities contribute to UV exposure.

2. Staring at a computer screen for a long time can cause the eye to be strained. Although there are no scientifically proven evidence that computers are harmful to the eyes but a lot of people complain of eye related complications from jobs that require extended computer use. A new name for computer eye stress is “Computer Vision Syndrome” which refers to the blurred and fuzzy images you start to see when you have been sitting and staring at a computer for a long time.

3. Extended television viewing poses another risk. Not only are your eyes constantly adjusting to focus on different colors, sizes and objects, but they are often focused on the screen at close distance for long periods of time. This type of eyestrain can cause headaches, burred vision and other serious complications (Little wonder you feel extremely tired after a whole day in front of a TV).

4. Playing video games for hours (Spoilsports? but it has to be said) is another culprit that can effect eye stress. The video games are constantly changing and the images are moving and popping out. The eyes work hard to follow everything and keep it all in focus.

5. Taking part in sports is another familiar activity that can lead to serious eye injury. Certain sports involving small balls like tennis, racquetball, baseball and Ping-Pong pose a high risk for eye injury. Any sport where an object is loose or flying through the air can be dangerous for your eyes.

6. Smoking is a great threat when it comes to the health of your eyes. Smokers have a higher risk for cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye diseases (And are liable to die young).

7. Gardening can be harmful to the eyes because of the dirt that can be disturbed during weeding and planting. Dirt and dust molecules may cause severe irritation and may even scratch the cornea of the eye.

8. Mowing the lawn can be threatening to the eyes because of flying debris and UV ray exposure.

9. Cleaning the house as simple as it sounds is another task that poses eye danger. Different chemicals have harmful ingredients, your eyes are vulnerable to these chemicals. If a chemical or cleaner splashes into the eyes, it can cause extreme irritation and may result in eye damage.

10. Swimming or sitting in a hot tub may be harmful for the eyes. The chlorine and bacteria in the water can cause eye infections or other complications. Contact lens wearers are at a higher risk for these types of complications because the lenses will hold the chemicals or bacteria directly on the eye.

11. Ditching of recommended eyeglasses. This is the last point but extremely common. People believe that eyeglasses make a person look nerdy but why not look at it the other way, nerds are intelligent (Well, I like to think so). Not using your glasses causes you to squint and further strain those gorgeous eyes. Get a fitting and fashionable frame and you are good to go.

Take care of your eyes for they are the light of the body. You never know when you might have to tell a baby pink from a fuschia pink ( I don’t know who gives names to colours). May we not loose any part of our bodies, Amen.

*Takes a bow

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