I’m not a huge fan of reading glasses. Is anyone? But given the fact that they enabled me to read menus, books, my iPhone and actually earn a living writing on my computer, it was certainly in my best interest to use them. And truth be told, the biggest problem I had with reading glasses is that they actually made me look my age. The anti-aging beauty creams, sun-avoidance and non-invasive steps I’d taken to look years younger were all for naught since as soon as I put on those babies–even the stylish ones–there was no denying which side of 45 I was on.
I’m not saying that there aren’t chic readers out there and I certainly spent more than my fair share of time trying on vast amou
Wearing sunscreen is a no brainer—we’ve all seen the data on how UV exposure leads to pre-mature skin aging and, even worse, skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. But the UVA and UVB rays of the sun also pose risks to your eyes. Extended exposure can lead to short-term irritation, but also long-term damage.
“In the same way it’s important to protect our skin from UV damage, it’s also important to protect our eyes. Long-term exposure to UV can cause damage to the structures in our eyes,” said optometrist Stephen Cohen, OD, of Scottsdale, AZ. “It’s especially important to protect our eyes during the highest UV exposure hours (10am-2pm) and when the sun is lower in the sk
Eye infections happen when microorganisms in the form of bacteria, fungi, and viruses invade the eyeball or delicate surrounding areas of the eye like the cornea, membranes, and inner eyelids. The culprits can include contact lenses and mascara – yes, mascara!
Dry crusts, brittle bristles, flakes falling off the brush and other nasties… If you keep your mascara too long, bacteria may just find a breeding ground. According to ophthalmologists, bacteria that are naturally present in the eyes can be transferred into mascara via the wand. Mascara contains preservatives that prevent bacteria from breeding, so it is typically considered to be safe for about three months, which is about the
VISION GAME CHANGER
I can’t remember not wearing glasses or contacts. One of my happiest days included a visit to my eye doctor during which I was told I was “old enough” for contacts. I was given a pair of gas permeable lenses. I wondered how a lens so hard and so small could really improve my vision… The lens was miniscule and though it basically covered my iris and improved my vision, it did so by uncomfortably floating throughout my eye; often getting trapped under my lid and in the corners. When the lenses weren’t floating, they collected debris and required constant cleaning. In the end, I built up the stamina to wear these lenses for three to four hours at a time. Though