Makeup and Eye Safety

Makeup is a fun way to play with our facial features and achieve a desired look or style. But, when used improperly or irresponsibly, certain makeup items like mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow can cause damage not only to the skin, but to the eyes. Examples of this damage include irritation around the eyes, premature aging, infection, and more serious health complications. When the proper precautions are taken, there is little to nothing to worry about, but you should be taking extra care to follow a routine that preserves the health of your eyes. Here are the top tips for practicing eye safety while using makeup! Wash Your Hands Before the Application Your hands pick up all sorts of dirt, dust, and bacteria. If you don’t wash your hands before applying your makeup, that bacteria can get into your eyes and cause infection. Renew Your Makeup Every Six Months It often goes overlooked that makeup has a shelf life just like any other product. Spoiled makeup is bad for the skin. Using a marker to write the purchase date on your makeup and get rid of it after six months. Close Containers All the Way Leaving containers open can allow bacteria and germs to permeate your makeup. When exposed to a large amount of oxygen, the shelf life of the makeup also shortens. To keep it safe, keep it closed! Do Not Use Sharp Objects Around the Eyes This one explains itself. If you use a sharp object to separate your eyelashes, for example, you are putting yourself at risk for a major eye injury. Better safe than sorry. Use...

The Signs That You Might Need Glasses or Contacts

Either because of heredity or age, sixty percent of Americans wear glasses or contacts to correct their vision. Others prefer to save 20/20 vision by ignoring warning signs, passing up an eye exam. The latter is not wise. If eyesight isn’t as sharp as it was previously, there are warning signs to help decipher the dilemma. If these problems match current eye issues, contact an eye doctor immediately. Blurred Vision When once-clear vision becomes fuzzy, it’s not always a warning. Clear vision allows people to see far away and up close. Blurry vision comes from dry and un-rested eyes. When eyes can’t see far or near, the results are nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism comes from trouble seeing near and far. An eye exam is mandatory when blurry vision doesn’t leave. Squinting The same fuzzy vision forces people to adjust just to read the information. People adjust their eyesight by squinting. This process makes reading information better at the expense of eye health. Squinting isn’t a one-time thing for eyesight problems. It’s a continuous dependence required for seeing the outdoors, road signs, items inside the home, grocery shopping, movie watching, and much more. Headaches An unusual side effect of squinting or blurry vision is headaches. Headaches come from eye strain. Besides squinting, eye strain originates from staring at the computer, phone, and tablet screens. While headaches from tech eyestrain are reversible by resting the eye, squinting or blurry vision headaches cannot. Night to Light Adjustment Eyes going back and forth between night and light are easy thanks to the iris muscles contracting and expanding accordingly. If it takes longer to...
The Dangers of Eye Tattoos

The Dangers of Eye Tattoos

Sclera tattooing is becoming the latest trend for individuals into body modification, but many people don’t understand the dangers associated with this practice. The process involves injecting ink into the white portion (known as the sclera) of the eye to tint it, but it’s not as harmless as tattoo artists may claim. The Parts of the Eye are Interconnected The sclera, the white part of the eye that is the object of this dying process, is connected to the other parts of the eye. It has been established that it’s one piece with the cornea, which is the transparent protective covering of the eye. This means that just one slip could cause permanent eye damage. Piercing the cornea may mean leaving scars that can affect vision. This is why getting dirt and debris in the eye is so painful. The cornea’s three protective layers are designed to keep foreign objects out of the eye. Deliberately injecting ink into the eye can cause serious damage that can even prevent the cornea from protecting the eye from other risks, such as the sun’s UV rays. The Cornea is Key to How We See In addition to providing protection of the eye, the cornea also helps in the eyesight process. The cornea is responsible for focusing light and images for the retina, which transmits those pictures to the brain. Damaging the cornea with a needle or ink can lead to permanent eyesight problems, such as fuzzy vision or full blindness. Even if the cornea isn’t damaged, there are cases where sclera tattooing led to infection of other parts of the eye. The...
Eye Injuries in Sports: Treatment and Prevention

Eye Injuries in Sports: Treatment and Prevention

Tens of thousands of sports-related eye injuries happen every year, with most of them occurring in children. Basketball and baseball are responsible for most of these injuries, with water sports and racquet sports coming in not far behind. About 90% of these injuries are preventable, and those that do occur can be treated. Types of Eye Injuries There are three types of eye injuries that can occur in sports. The first is an impact injury, which is when someone is hit in or around their eye. These can cause bruising and swelling and often look worse than they are, but detached retinas and broken orbital bones can happen. The second type of eye injury that can happen when playing a sport is a penetrating injury. This is caused when something actually cuts the eye, such as a piece of a broken pair of glasses or a finger that goes into the eye. Penetrating injuries are significantly more severe than impact injuries and often require immediate medical attention. The third type of eye injury often seen in sports is a radiation injury. This is caused by exposure to the sun and is common in outdoor sports such as bicycling, swimming, or skiing. In the case of water or winter sports, sunlight can reflect off of water or snow and cause damage even if the person isn’t looking near the sun. Preventing and Treating Eye Injuries The good news about eye injuries is that almost all of them are preventable. Impact and penetrating injuries can be prevented with the proper safety equipment such as goggles and face masks, and radiation injuries...
The Most Common Eye Diseases

The Most Common Eye Diseases

It is imperative to have regular eye exams depending on one’s age, the risk of eye disease, and overall health. Early diagnosis of eye problems can help avoid blindness as rarely do the signs clear up on their own. The following are the most common eye diseases. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) It is the gradual damage to the macula cells which may lead to loss of central vision. Macula allows a person to see the fine details. Wet AMD is when abnormal blood vessels grow behind the retina causing blood and fluid to leak in the eye. Dry AMD involves the gradual breaking down of the light-sensitive cells in the macula leading to diminished central vision. Cataracts It is a painless eye disease that causes blurry vision due to clouding of the lens. It can be caused by excessive UV light exposure, trauma, age, medication, and diabetes among others. It continually gets worse if it is not treated. Cataracts treatments include laser surgery. Refractive Errors There are different refractive errors that are corrected by lenses, surgery, and glasses. Astigmatism is an error caused by an irregular-shaped cornea. An affected person sees blurry images. Nearsightedness (Myopia) occurs when the cornea has too much curvature. A patient can only focus on what is near. Farsightedness (hyperopia) is caused by a flat cornea that distracts light from focusing on the retina. Diabetic Retinopathy It is a disease that affects those with diabetes and it damages the retina due to higher than usual blood sugar levels. The nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy occurs when there is leaking of blood in the retina. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy...