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Is Your Eye Makeup Dangerous?

Did you know all those mascaras you’ve been accumulating in your makeup bag can be hazardous to your health? Various dangerous bacteria thrive in those little tubes if they are kept and used for too long. There are other reported health risks associated with eye make up as well, such as controversial ingredients that can easily irritate the eye. Let’s take a closer look:

What’s In Your Mascara?

Mascara dates back to the Ancient Egyptians who used a mixture containing charcoal and crocodile excrement. Eww! While there may not be any poo in our modernized mascaras, many do contain a harsh cocktail of unpronounceable ingredients such as propylene glycol, which has been known to cause skin irritations in those with sensitive skin. Many mascaras also contain aluminum powder, a potentially hazardous neurotoxin that remains on the radars of different skin safety groups such as the EWG.

How Can Old Mascara Hurt Your Health?

Old mascara tubes are the front-running culprits when it comes to make up danger. Most people don’t even notice the expiry dates on their mascaras, often keeping and using them months (or even years!) after they should have been disposed of. Big deal, right? It actually is a big deal. These little tubes provide the perfect moist little microcosm for harmful bacteria to flourish, especially since every time you use that little wand, more and more bacteria make their way back into the tube. Also, being that the eye is one of the most delicate areas of the body, its thin tissue can easily tear, allowing these infectious bacteria easy passage.

What Kind of Harmful Bacteria Live In Mascara Tubes?

Old mascara tubes can easily accumulate harmful little crawlies like pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can causes skin irritation, inflammation or potentially even sepsis! An even worse offender, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (more commonly known as MRSA), has also been found in the tiny tubes. MRSA is known for rapidly progressing, often untreatable (and potentially deadly) infections, Eeek!

How Long Can You Safely Keep Eye Makeup?

It is recommended you throw out and replace your mascara and liquid eyeliner approximately every three months. Pencil eyeliner and cream eye shadow are usually safe for about a year. Powder eye shadow has a longer safety shelf life, with the potential to safely last up to 2 years if you keep your eyeshadow applicators clean and haven’t shared it or used it while you’ve had an eye infection. However, these rules are not hard and fast – if in doubt, throw it out!

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Tips To Maintain Good Ocular Health

Sure, carrots are great for the old peepers because of the Vitamin A and beta carotene, but there are many other things you should be doing to keep your eyes in check as well. Some of which include:

  1. Know your genes. There are many eye conditions that have genetic components, so it is important to know if any run in your family and let your optometrist know so he or she can screen you accordingly and catch anything before it develops. Some genetic eye conditions include juvenile retinoschisis, rod and cone dystrophy, usher syndrome and open-angle glaucoma.
  2. Maintain a healthy diet. Aside from a bunny’s favourite food, some other great choices for your eyes are: green leafy veggies like spinach and kale and berries which all contain lutein, one of the best substances for eye health. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are also great choices as they help reduce inflammation of the blood vessels and other structures of the eyes. These may include nuts and fatty fish.
  3. Watch out for the sun! The sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays can effect the eyes as much as any other part of the body. Not only can your eyes become sunburned, long term UV exposure can also play a part in macular degeneration and cataracts.
  4. Wear glasses or goggles when appropriate. If you have prescribed glasses for certain activities like driving or starting at computer screens, get used to wearing them every time you do these activities. It may help reduce strain headaches, blurry vision and eye fatigue. Similarly, be sure to wear protective eyewear if you are doing hobbies that could damage your eyes, such as construction.
  5. Avoid cigarettes and lose extra weight. These are two important lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your risk of not only eye disease, but many chronic inflammatory illnesses.
  6. Coffee (in moderation) is actually good for your eyes. Two cups of joe a day may help stave off dry eyes, which can be a very aggravating condition. Don’t overdo it though, as too much caffeine can actually contribute to eye irritation as well as many other bodily discomforts!
  7. Go for regular eye exams – perhaps the single most important thing you can do is to get regular screenings and eye check ups. Your optometrist will take all the measures to ensure your eyes are healthy, and catch any issues that are beginning to arise. This is of utmost importance since many eye diseases are silent (meaning they don’t show any symptoms until they have progressed to an irreversible point). So go see your eye doc today if you haven’t been there in a while!

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Can Wearing Contact Lenses Negatively Impact Your Eyes?

Contact lenses are one of the most convenient and safe methods of correcting vision problems. They are the preferred choice of many people who are uncomfortable with eyeglasses or do not want to go through surgical procedures such as Lasik. Contacts are medical devices which correct vision problems by increasing or decreasing the focusing power of the eyes.

Types of Vision Problems that Can be Corrected by Wearing Contacts

1. Myopia (commonly known as nearsightedness)
2. Hyperopia (commonly known as farsightedness)
3. Astigmatism (distorted vision)
4. Presbyopia (need for bifocals)

Are you a Suitable Candidate for Contact Lens Use?
In order to purchase contact lenses, an individual needs a valid prescription from a licensed medical professional. An optometrist (a doctor specializing in eye-care and vision correction) will need to perform a thorough examination of your eyes and vision issues to evaluate your suitability. The doctor will assess your visual and lifestyle requirements, your eye health, and take all the necessary measurements for the prescription.

Risks Associated With Contact Lens Usage
Contact lenses should be treated like any other medical prescription. Your optometrist will provide you detailed information regarding contact lens usage and care. It is essential that you follow them.

Minor Side-effects:
● Contact Lens-induced Acute Red Eye (CLARE)
● Dryness of eyes
● Eye and/or eyelid inflammation
● Allergic reactions to the contact lens solution
● Minor corneal infections and/or scratches
● Deposits might form on the lenses making them uncomfortable (soft lens types are more susceptible to this issue.)

Major Risks:
Not following proper cleaning habits and neglecting your doctor’s advice will put you and your vision at risk. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), more than 99 percent of contact lens wearers report at least one risky behavior when it comes to contact lens usage.

● Microbial Keratitis- a rare corneal infection that can lead to blindness or the need for corneal transplant
● Corneal ulcers

The Final Verdict
Contact lenses are worn by millions of people every day. According to the BCLA (British Contact Lens Association), 9% of British adults wear contact lenses. Statistics from the AOA (American Optometric Association) show that 30 million American adults use contact lenses. Contacts are popular and current lens designs are being constantly improved to make them more comfortable and safer.

Contacts are perfectly safe as long as you follow your doctor’s advice and implement proper usage guidelines consistently. The risks associated are greatly minimized by being a responsible contact lens wearer.