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7 Things That Could Happen If You Keep Rubbing Your Eyes

The Healthy Logo By Jennifer McCaffery of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 8: Reader's DigestHow to Protect Your EyesLittle habits like rubbing your eyes could actually be harming your vision.
If you’ve got bad allergies or stare at a computer screen all day, sometimes nothing feels more satisfying then giving your eyes a good rub. There’s a reason it feels therapeutic: Rubbing eyes stimulates the vagus nerve, which can slow down your heartbeat and relieve stress. (Here are ways to make stress management much easier.)
That said, rubbing eyes too often and too vigorously may result in damage, including exacerbating existing conditions and increasing your risk of infection.
Here are seven things that can happen if you keep rubbing your eyes.

If you’ve got bad allergies or stare at a computer screen all day, sometimes nothing feels more satisfying than giving your eyes a good rub. There’s a reason it feels therapeutic: Rubbing eyes stimulates the vagus nerve, which can slow down your heartbeat and relieve stress. (Here are ways to make stress management much easier.)

That said, rubbing eyes too often and too vigorously may result in damage, including exacerbating existing conditions and increasing your risk of infection.

Click through the slide show above for seven things that can happen if you keep rubbing your eyes.

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