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June 14, 2010

Extended Wear Contact Lenses Guide

Extended wear contact lenses are for those people who would like to wake up each day with clear vision. Two different types of contact lenses are basically available which include the daily wear and extended wear; daily wear being the ones which have to be removed before sleeping and extended wear being the ones which can be left overnight.

Contact Lenses

If you’re one who’s opted for the convenience of extended-wear contact lenses, you need to be aware of their guidelines for use. Most extended wear contact lenses are FDA-approved, but still you need to follow some guidelines when wearing them.

The problems of extended wear contact lenses

Results of the Harvard Medical School study have indicated that extended- wear lens users have a two to four times greater risk than daily lens users of contracting ulcerative keratitis — an infected ulcer or sore that develops on the cornea and can destroy vision. By depriving the eye of oxygen, which can cause the surface tissue to break down, extended -wear lenses make the cornea more susceptible to infection.

Preventing eye infections

No matter what type of contact lenses you wear, knowing when to remove them is the key to preventing eye infections. The most important step is to remove a lens immediately if the eye becomes red and irritated. If the problem persists after rinsing and reinserting the lenses, remove them and seek immediate professional care.

Paying proper attention to your lenses and lens case is also important. When caring for any type of contact lens we suggest you take these steps:

  • Wash hands prior to handling lenses.
  • Disinfect daily-wear lenses each day and extended-wear lenses when removed for cleaning.
  • Do not use salt tablets, distilled water or a homemade solution.
  • Wash contact-lens case at least once a week, and allow to dry in the air after each use.
  • Wear lenses only for the prescribed time period, and have them checked regularly (every three to six months for extended- wear lenses; once a year for soft-wear daily-use lenses and for hard contact lenses).

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May 29, 2010

Tips on how to apply mascara

It is hard to believe that most of us do not know how to apply makeup mascara properly. However, these simple tips can teach you the secrets of applying eyes mascara properly. Whether you have short or long lashes, by following these easy steps, you can get full and thick lashes just the way professional artists do.

Choose your Mascara Brand

Cosmetic malls and drugstores display an array of make up mascara varieties, including long and thick mascara and even waterproof formulas. However, the only important thing to keep in mind when choosing your eye mascara is that you pick one which is black which adds definition to your lashes. However, if you are a blonde, you should opt for brown mascara for day time and use black at night.

Apply eye makeup first

If you plan to use eye makeup like an eye liner, eye pencil or eye shadow, apply that first. Mascara is the last thing you should apply to your eyes.

Use a curler

Always use a curler before applying mascara. Place the curler as close to the lashline as possible without pinching your eye lid. Make sure to walk the curler down your lashes as you work so your lashes do not get a harsh bend.

Eyelashes Mascara

Using your Wand

Start by applying the wand to the base of your outer lashes. First apply it on the top lashes and then start coating the lower end. Move the wand gently up to the tip of the lashes. Repeat the process moving towards the middle and inner lashes.

Make sure you move quickly and apply at least two coats before letting the mascara dry out. This will prevent any clumps from forming and will give you super thick lashes. For those of you who have thick and long lashes, one coat will be enough, but for those of you with thin and short lashes, you will need to go for a second coat.

Volumizing mascaras are best suited for thin and short lashes as they contain microfibers to add thickness to the lashes. Lengthening formulas are also popular among women with short lashes as they contain polymers which help to extend the lashes past the natural tips. Applying one thin layer is enough and works great.
The trick of mixing mascaras is also used by makeup artists to make the lashes look really heavy. They use one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of thickening mascara to give beautiful and sexy eyes.

Add the finishing touches

Finish applying mascara with one coat on your bottom lashes, but if you have very short lashes, then you can skip the bottom lash. Applying mascara to the bottom lashes really opens your eyes, giving them a big rounded look.

If you feel that the mascara has caused clumps on your lashes, gently use a mascara comb or a mascara brush to remove the clumps. If you don’t have a mascara comb, you can use your fingernails to remove any bags of mascara that may have collected on the tips of your lashes.

Use these mascara application instructions to get beautiful and lively eyes. Try them out a couple of times and you will be an expert at applying mascara soon.

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May 26, 2010

Easy eye care tips for dry eyes

Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable, but they also promote eye damage as well. Various factors may take away the protective tear film that coats the eyes and ensures comfortable and clear vision. This film also acts as a lubricant and natural eyewash, taking away the layer of dust and debris that gathers in the eyes between blinks.

Dry eyes can cause burning, redness and itchiness of the eyes. They can also blur the vision and can lead to permanent damage if left untreated. The condition is more common in postmenopausal women as with age, the tear glands naturally stop producing fluid. Hormonal changes and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can also cause dry eyes by inflaming the glands of the eyes.

Dry Eyes

Causes of dry eyes

Dry eyes may be caused by exposure to the sun, dry wind or smoke, aging or injury. Certain medications such as diuretics, anti-histamines and sleep medications can also cause dryness of the eyes. The use of contact lens is another contributing factor to dry and irritating eyes. The depletion of fluid results in a feeling of itching, burning or irritation, blurred vision, eye fatigue after short periods of reading, and increased sensitivity to light. It can also lead to eye disease and sore eyes in some cases.

If left untreated for a long period of time, dry eyes may lead to infection or scarring of the cornea. Fortunately, some easy steps can help people with this condition.

  • Avoid direct exposure to wind and air conditioning. While blow drying hair, keep your eyes closed or away from the hot, dry air stream. Similarly, when sitting in your car, make sure the car’s air-conditioning vent is not facing directly towards your face or eyes, as it can suck the moisture from your eyes.
  • Wear glasses on windy days and blink often when your eyes start to feel dry.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes. This not only irritates the eyes further but may introduce dirt and bacteria into them.
  • Avoid irritants such as pollen, pollution, smoke and other airborne particles which can dry out your eyes. Choosing a non-smoking restaurant for example can help you.
  • Avoid smoking and exposure to second hand smoke.
  • Avoid sitting in front of the PC or television for long hours, and make sure you blink regularly throughout your time in front of the computer.
  • If you are a reader, make sure you take reading breaks in between as you can forget to blink while reading. A short break every 10 to 20 minutes naturally resorts to your natural blink rate.
  • Wear sun-glasses when ever you go out in the sun. Wearing a hat or using an umbrella can also help to some extent. Sunglasses keep the bright light from the sun from irritating dry and sensitive eyes and can also protect wind and dust from entering your eyes.
  • Use artificial tears or moisture drops if needed. They are easily available over-the-counter and can help in lubricating your eyes. Your ophthalmologist may even suggest a gel which you can use during the day or at night to cure dry eyes.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, as it can help you in your quest to keep your eyes moist.
  • Taking omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids helps to restore the lipid layer of the eyes, which prevents the natural tears from evaporating quickly.
  • Taking Vitamin A and Vitamin B6 helps improve the mucin layer of the eyes, and helps to improve the utilization of omega fatty acids in the body.
  • If you are suffering from dryness related to cornea damage, consider taking supplemental glucosamine sulphate which helps build up the cornea.

By taking proper care and lubricating your eyes regularly, you can prevent dryness of the eyes or treat dry eyes effectively.

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