We have mentioned many times how important it is to wear sunglasses every day. We want to make sure your eyes are protected from UV rays, just like your skin, your eyes can be damaged by too much sunlight. If you do not protect your eyes from damaging UV rays, over time it can lead to macular degeneration, cataracts, and damage to your cornea and lens.
HOW TO CHOOSE SUNGLASSES
When choosing sunglasses it is important to realize that not all sunglasses are created equal. Some things to keep a lookout for when shopping for sunglasses are:
- A sticker or tag that says the glasses provide 100% UV protection from all UV light.
- The darkest lens does not equate to the most protection. Without a sticker or tag saying it, it doesn’t protect against UV rays.
- Polarized lenses do not protect against UV rays. They are designed to reduce glare that bounces off reflective surfaces. There are polarized lenses that have UV blocking substances in them, but not all polarized lenses do.
- When picking glasses for protective purposes, the bigger the lens the better. Them more of your face the sunglasses cover, the more protection they offer.
- It doesn’t matter what color the lenses are. Regardless of the mirror finish or the color of the lens, its not going to make a difference when it comes to UV protection.
DETERMINING QUALITY LENSES
When trying on non-prescription sunglasses there are a couple tricks you can use to determine how well the lenses are made.
-Start by looking at something that has some straight lines, like a tile ceiling or floor.
-Hold the glasses away from your face and cover one of your eyes. Move the glasses up and down, and side to side while looking through the lenses with your uncovered eye.
-If the lines stay straight, they are most likely quality lenses, if the lines appear wavy they are probably not the best quality.
As always, if you come in to see us, we will make sure to fit you with the highest quality sunglasses whether you need a prescription or not. We pride ourselves on our customer service and making sure each client gets the attention they need!
Make up is as routine in some women’s lives as waking up and eating breakfast. Make up helps you feel confident in your appearance and can be fun to use! We wanted to take a minute to detail some safety tips regarding your make up to keep you from potentially hurting yourself while getting ready for the day.
Main Makeup Issues for Eyes
There are a few main issues that come up regularly when it comes to make up around the eyes:
Allergic Reactions – it is important to pay attention to how your skin, eyes and face feel after applying makeup, especially if you are trying a new brand or type. Some ingredients in makeup can irritate your skin if you are allergic to it.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) can be passed through make up or make up brushes and applicators if the bacteria has started to grow in the make up or on the applicators.
Cornea Scratch – If you have ever applied eyeliner, eyeshadow or mascara we would be willing to bet you have missed once in a while. We have all been there but accidentally scratching your eye with an eyeliner pencil can cause cornea scratches which can cause pain and even infection
Eyeliner and Eye Shadow
The two types of eye make up that cause the most risk are eyeliner and eye shadow.
Eyeliner – If worn too close to your eye, pieces of eyeliner can get into your eye. These pieces can cause a build up in the eye and create issues like irritation, infections and blurry vision.
Eye Shadow – the biggest danger with this makeup could be the ingredients. Generally most eye shadows are safe. There are some that contain ingredients like Formaldehyde, Aluminum, Parabens and Coal Tar. These ingredients can be harmful to your skin. It is important to check the ingredients in your eye makeup.
Tips for Safe Eye Make up Use
- Use clean makeup applicators
- Apply eyeliner on the outside of the lash line
- Remove your eye make up at the end of each day
- Don’t hang on to make up too long
- Rinse eye’s thoroughly if makeup gets in them
- Don’t apply makeup while driving or in a car
- Replace your make up after an eye infection
All in all the risks of using makeup outweigh the benefits in most cases. We just always like to educate our patients to create good habits to start with so they can avoid bigger issues in the long run.