Tips To Protect Your Eyes When Applying Makeup

Part of young girls growing up is wanting to try something in their mother’s makeup case. The early teen years may have been the time when you could start to wear mascara and a little lip gloss to school. Saying goodbye to playing with dolls, or you might have been a tomboy it made you feel quite grown up. Whether applying make up is new for you or started years ago at some point we’ve poked ourselves in the eye. Here are some tips to help you protect your eyes when applying makeup.

Remember the 3 month rule

If you’ve ever experienced itchy, watery eyes you may want to look no further than your makeup bag. Before you chalk it up to allergies it could be caused by bacteria on your makeup. Cosmetics do have a shelf life and need to be discarded after 3 months or could result in some real eye discomfort. Make a note on your calendar with your first application and you’ll be able to keep unwanted bacteria away from your eyes.

Sharing is not always caring

While it’s natural to want to share your newest find with a friend it’s probably not a good idea. Everybody had different bacteria on their skin and it could play havoc with yours and something you might want to avoid.

Watch out for contacts

For contact wearers it’s best to put them in before applying makeup to prevent any makeup getting between the contact lens and your eye.

Take it slow with allergies

When you introduce new products slowly will help narrow down which product is the culprit should you have an allergic reaction.

Clean, clean, clean

You can never be too clean when it comes to something you’re applying to your skin and eyes.Thoroughly washing your hands and face will prevent bacteria from causing problems.

Another part of protecting your eyes is having a comprehensive eye exam to uncover any vision problems early. When it’s time for a Calgary eye exam, contact us to schedule your appointment today!

How Your Eyes Change Over Time

Part of aging is the process of our bodies undergoing changes and often don’t function the way they once did. No where is this more noticeable than in the changes we experience in our vision. Most can be easily dealt with through corrective lenses or routine procedures. There are some age related conditions that are more serious and can severely impact a person’s quality of life.

What can you expect

After the age of 40 most everyone will experience presbyopia which is simply being unable to see as clearly. This is a natural process and there is no way for a person to prevent it from happening. The first indication may be holding a newspaper at arm’s length to see better or a computer monitor appearing blurry. Generally a pair of “readers“ from a rack at the drugstore without a prescription will solve the issue.

Cataracts can be age related however not everyone will develop them in their lifetime. Characterized by a clouding of the lense of the eye there are steps you can take to prevent cataracts.

Conditions of the eyes such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are a much more serious issue. As a leading cause of blindness among seniors macular degeneration can greatly affect a person’s quality of life.These conditions have a more positive outcome if caught and dealt with early.

When it comes to your eyes and age related visions problems there are changes you can make to avoid some of these conditions. Developing and leading an active, healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and regular exercise will keep your eyes healthy. Along with a healthier lifestyle detecting vision problems early before they become a larger issue is key. As part of maintaining healthy eyes, remember to book an annual eye exam for a comprehensive eye exam with an Calgary Optometrist. Contact us today to book an appointment.