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HEALTHY EYES

Learn How to Keep your Eyes Healthy with these Helpful Tips

eyes, eye care, healthy eyes, eye health, contact lens, how to keep eyes healthy The right make-up can be the perfect accessory to any outfit.  But, one thing that is never in style is an eye infection.  Prevent Blindness America states that improper use of eye cosmetics can lead to eye infections, irritations and corneal injuries.  And, contact lens wearers should take extra precautions as cosmetics are a common source of eye problems for contact lens users.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY EYES?

Using eye cosmetics and contact lenses correctly can help keep eyes healthy and beautiful. Follow these tips to protect your eyes:

HEALTHY EYES TIP #1: Never use eye makeup testers in stores or share eye makeup with others.

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #2: Wash your hands before applying cosmetics. Some bacteria can be transferred from your hands to your eyes.

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #3: Moisture promotes the growth of bacteria, so do not moisten cosmetics with water or saliva.

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #4: Dispose of eye cosmetics three months after purchased, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #5: Always apply makeup outside the lash line to avoid contact with the eye.

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #6: Never store cosmetics in extreme heat or cold conditions (such as a car), as this can break down preservatives, allowing bacteria to grow.

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #7: Never apply makeup while driving or riding in a moving vehicle.

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #8: Never apply eye cosmetics if eyes are already red, swollen, or if you have recently undergone eye surgery until an eye doctor has given permission.

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HEALTHY EYES TIP #9: Do not dye eyelashes or eyebrows.  No color additives have been approved by the FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes or eyebrows. 

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY EYES WHILE WEARING CONTACTS?

 

Whether contact lenses are used for vision correction or simply to change the appearance of eye color, they should never be considered merely cosmetic.  In fact, in 2005, the FDA stated that all contact lenses are considered medical devices and therefore, can only be used under the direction of an eye care professional. eyes, eye care, healthy eyes, eye health, contact lens, how to keep eyes healthy

Contact lens users should:

  • Visit a licensed eye care professional to be fitted for contact lenses.

  • Use pressed eye shadows in conjunction with an eye shadow base to help makeup stay in place.

  • Always insert contact lenses before applying makeup and remove them before taking makeup off.

  • Never share or trade contact lenses with others.

  • Before handling contact lenses, wash hands with soap and water, then rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.

  • Minimize contact with water, including removing lenses before going swimming or in a hot tub.

  • Contact lens cases should always be cleaned with fresh solution – not water. Leave the empty case open to air dry.

  • Do not use cracked or damaged lens cases. Lens cases can be a source of contamination and infection.

  • Keep the contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, at least every three months.

 

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY EYES NOW SO I CAN HAVE HEALTHY VISION IN THE FUTURE?

Prevent Blindness America offers these tips to help lower the incidence of eye diseases in women:

Eat Healthy and Stay Fit- The risk of cataracts can be lowered by eating 3½ servings of fruits or vegetables a day.  Green leafy vegetables especially contain loads of nutrients for the eye.  Pairing a healthy diet with exercise can also reduce the risk of diabetes.

 

Take Supplements- Antioxidants have been shown to actually reduce the progression of some eye illnesses, including macular degeneration.  Vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin C and zinc are good sources to help maintain eye health.

 

Quit Smoking- Besides the typically known side effects of smoking including cancer, lung disease, etc., it also increases the risk for eye diseases.

 

Wear UV Eye Protection- When venturing outdoors, Prevent Blindness America recommends wearing brimmed hats in conjunction with UV-rated sunglasses (labeled: absorbs 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays).  UV rays are extremely dangerous for the eyes and it is cumulative, meaning that the damage will not appear until years later.     

 

Know Your Family History- Genetics plays a key role in eye disease.  Research your family’s health history and notify your eye care professional of any eye diseases that run in the family.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT MY EYES?

 

FY EYE#1: Did you know that more women develop eye disease than men?  Potentially blinding diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy strike women in some cases almost twice as much as men. 

 

FY EYE#2: Dry eye syndrome, a condition where not enough natural tears are produced, is far more common in women as well.  Approximately 6 million women and 3 million men have moderate to severe symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

 

For more tips and information on the safe use of eye cosmetics and/or contact lens safety as well as general eye health information, please visit Prevent Blindness America at preventblindness.org or call (800) 331-2020.



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