Better With or Without Glasses: 2016 Presidential Candidates

presidential candidates with and without glassesPresidential candidates have been gearing up for the November 2016 election for almost an entire year now. And we have to say, it’s been a wild election year thus far! With several more months to go, it’s safe to say the whirlwind will continue right up until Election Day.

Now, we’re not here to talk politics. We’re here to talk glasses! Reviewing the mix of candidates, there’s a fair share of differing looks. Well, except for the first guy on our list…


Bernie Sanders

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Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has been battling Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. He’s managed to score a ton of popularity, with folks across the nation “Feel(ing) the Bern”. To date, he’s trailing Hillary, but doesn’t look like he’s ready to drop out of the race until the bitter end.

An Independent for most of his career, Sanders joined the Democratic Party in 2015—the same year he announced he would be running for president on the Democratic ticket. Sanders has worked his way up from being a Mayor in Vermont, to the House of Representatives, and most recently, a Senator in Vermont. And who knows, he just may be the next United States President!

One thing we’ve gotta say about Bernie is this—he sticks to what he knows, at least when it comes to eyewear. Never seen without his glasses, he’s clearly a staunch frame kinda guy. While we love seeing people switch it up with contacts, the glasses seem to work for him, and well, maybe you shouldn’t mess with a good thing.

Hillary Clinton

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Involved in politics since her youth, Hillary is currently the frontrunner for the Democratic Party.  She’s a smidgen away from securing the amount of delegate votes she needs to win the party’s official ticket.

The nation first got to know Hillary when she served as First Lady during her husband’s Presidential run from 1993-2001, a solid 8 years. Following his tenure as president, Hillary ran—and won, the race for New York Senator. She held this position from 2001 until 2009. In 2009 she moved on to become the Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013. Is the Presidency of the United States the next step in her political journey? We’ll have to wait until November to find out…

When it comes to her look, Hillary keeps it classy and conservative—as one might expect for someone in her position. She does, however, switch it up between glasses and contacts fairly often. Which looks better? We think she looks equally good in either. The rectangular black frames don’t overwhelm her face thanks to their thin design. But when she pops in contacts we can see actually see that she has blue eyes which are really quite pretty.

Donald Trump

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Did anyone see this coming? Donald Trump has loooooooong been a household name thanks to his popular businesses and even more popular reality TV show The Apprentice. Known for his bold, if not sometimes outlandish antics, many folks first thought this running was a mere publicity stunt. After all, he had tried running in 2000 but dropped out before any votes were actually made. But months later now, Trump has certainly proved any doubts wrong. Not only is he gunning for the presidency, he’s officially named as the Republican nominee. Of course, come November we’ll see if he actually makes it into the Oval office as the next President…

While he hasn’t held any political positions, Trump has been making mention of his Presidential aspirations for years—both in 2008 and again in 2012. It seems he felt 2016 was finally his year.

Trump has kept his look pretty stable throughout his career—the suit, the hair, the tan. But you know what he does switch up every once and a while? Glasses. It may not happen that often, but he does wear what appear to be reading glasses from time to time. They’re simple, small, and really, don’t look too bad on the guy. Actually, in this case, we think the glasses have a slight edge over the frame-free look.

4 Household Remedies for Pink Eye

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If you’ve ever woken up with a crusty, pink, itchy eye, then you’ve likely experienced the nuisance that is pink eye. Also called conjunctivitis, it spreads like wildfire, which is why it’s so important to nip it in the bud as soon as symptoms show up. While your doctor can churn out a quick prescription for pink eye, there are lots of tried and true home remedies you can also use to alleviate symptoms in conjunction with your prescription.

It’s important to note that before you do anything else concerning a newfound case of pink eye, REMOVE YOUR CONTACTS! They will only add to the pain and discomfort if left in your eye. While dealing with the infection, play it smart and stick to using eyeglasses until your eye is 100% healed.

Now, onto some helpful home remedies…

  1. Damp Compress

When conjunctivitis is raging in one – or worse, both – eyes, one of the best things you can do is treat your troubled eye(s) to a damp compress. For pink eye caused by an infection, a warm, wet compress will provide great relief. If your pink eye is caused by allergies, then a cold compress may work even better.

Whichever temperature you choose, you’ll want to make sure to use a clean, separate compress for each eye. This is key to keeping your infection/symptoms contained. So, no reusing the same compress!

  1. Artificial Teardrops

While symptoms are raging, you may be able to get some relief by using over-the-counter artificial teardrops. These can be found easily at your local pharmacy. These hydrating drops may help relieve itchy, dry, irritated eyes.

It’s important to note that there are several different options when it comes to artificial tears. Some contain antihistamines, an important ingredient in allergy-relief medications. If your pink eye is due to allergies, then you may want to consider picking up a bottle that contains these helpful ingredients. However, if the root of the problem is an infection, antihistamines won’t help and you can therefore skip any brands that contain that extra ingredient.

  1. Honey

Honey is sticky and messy, although super delicious. Still, ordinarily it’s not something you would want to put anywhere near your eyes, right? According to some natural remedy folks… that would be false.  Honey has been used in medical treatments since ancient times. It’s valued for its anti-microbial properties, which can help fight infections au natural.

As some kinds of pink eye are caused by bacteria, honey is believed by many folks to be able to treat the infection. It’s suggested that the honey is first diluted in warm liquid, such as water or milk, and then used as eye drops. Another idea for the mixture is to use it as a warm compress.

  1. Tea

Tea is a wonderful drink when you’re sick. It soothes sore throats, calms coughs, and can help open up congested pipes with its steam. Tea for the win, for sure. But what can any of that do for a case of pink eye?

Both green and black tea contain bioflavonoids, which can help reduce inflammation as well as put an infection in check. To use, moisten the tea bag and simply let it sit on your eye for a few minutes—just like you would a damp compress.  You don’t have to do anything else but enjoy the calm quiet and relief the teabags can bring to your eyes.

And there you have it, four pink eye home remedies that can begin giving you sweet relief quickly and easily. Keep in mind, none of these suggestions should replace your doctor’s advice.



Better With or Without Contacts? Game of Thrones Cast

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Summer days may be rolling in, but Game of Thrones fans know that winter is coming! Now in its sixth season, the mega hit HBO show has viewers on the edge of their seats every Sunday evening, filled with anticipation, excitement, and oftentimes shock (HOLD THE DOOR…!).

Everyone’s got a favorite character, and from week to week… well… you know never who’s going to make it. Based off of the fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, the show has now surpassed the novels in time, meaning that not even the most hardcore fans (AKA the ones who have actually read the book series), know what to expect in the coming season. One thing we know for sure is that there is a lot going on in this mysterious, dangerous, and thrilling fantasy world.

Now we can totally nerd out all day about the show, but naturally, we’re here to do what we do best: talk about contacts and glasses. Mixing that theme with one of our favorite shows? Perfection. And with that, let’s do this: Celebrities who could’ve used contacts…Game of Thrones edition!

Sansa Starke, played by actress Sophie Turner

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Oh, Sansa. She drew us all crazy in the early seasons of the show, as she portrayed the spoilt, willful, and selfish younger Starke sister. She helped force her way into the Lannister’s arms, only to beg for escape a couple seasons later. Now in the sixth season, she’s been through so much that we can easily forget about her antics early on in the show.

Sansa’s character is masterfully played by the English actress Sophie Turner. Even while Sansa was being completely difficult (and endangering her entire family…!), we couldn’t help being captivated by her beauty. Her long red hair, pale complexion and ice-blue eyes dazzle on the screen. In real life, Sophie Turner often wears glasses — something Sansa never does. While we love seeing her on the show without them, she totally rocks frames in real life. Sure, they may conceal her winter-blue eyes a bit, but she still looks a total beaut.

Jon Snow, played by actor Kit Harington

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The tragic but valiant life of Jon Snow… SIGH. He has given fans way too many scares throughout the seasons, most notably at the end of Season five. We’re gonna leave it at that for anyone who is late to the sixth season, but MY GOSH is all we’ll say.

Now, let’s talk Kit Harington, the English actor who plays our beloved Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. We love seeing a fresh face without frames ordinarily, but woo-weeee can Kit pull off those glasses! It’s official; he’s a complete babe either way. Kit, rock the glasses, or not. We’re happy to support either way…

Cersei Lannister, played by actress Lena Headey

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Love her or hate her, Cersei Lannister is a pivotal character in the show. Part of the extremely wealthy and powerful Lannister clan, she also happened to marry the now-deceased King of the Seven Kingdoms. Of course, she’s actually in love with her twin brother, who has fathered all three of her children, which was kept a secret, naturally, so that they can take the throne when their “father,” King Robert Baratheon, suddenly dies (by way of poison/being gored by a boar).

Played by the British beauty Lena Headey, Cersei is willing to do just about anything it takes to get what she wants. Lena, on the other hand, seems a bit more approachable. Actually, in this older shot of the actress she even looks, well, bohemian. The tinted glasses are a fun accessory, we’ll give her that, but we totally vote Lena ditches those frames moving forward.

Daenerys Targaryen, played by actress Emilia Clarke

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She may not wear glasses, but how could we do a piece on Game of Thrones without including Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragon?

Side note—fans, are you loving her self-appointed new title? It may be a mouthful, but we think it gets the point across. She’s a hardcore chick who will conquer, well, whatever she wants in the name of freedom and justice.

Emilia Clarke, raven haired and often seen giggling, seems a far cry from the isolated, serious Dragon Mother she plays on the show. But whether she’s rocking the Khaleesi -white wig or not, she is seriously beautiful. We love the sunglasses, which are giving us a Breakfast at Tiffany’s vibe. But for Daenerys, well, when fire is your friend, who needs sunglasses?


The 411 on Contact Lens Cleaning Solution

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Contact lens cleaning solution is a must for any contact wearer. That precious bottle of liquid-y goodness is doing all kinds of good for your eye health, whether you know it or not. Curious to know exactly what we’re talking about? Then keep reading. Today we’re covering all things contact lens solution. We bet by the time you’re done reading this, you’ll look at that bottle with a just little more love!

What is the Purpose of Contact Lens Cleaning Solution?

Before dive in too deep, let’s clear up exactly how contact lens cleaning solution is used. One thing to note is that it is a cleaning solution, just like you use to wash your countertops or dishes. While those types of cleaners are completely unsafe for the eyeball, contact lens solutions have been carefully created for eye safety. But in essence, they do the same job; removing germs and other microorganisms that could threaten contamination or infection. This is why it’s so important to always use one—it’s got a serious job to do!

What Functions Does It Serve?

So, how can a cleaner be safe for the eye? To understand this, you need to know what makes up the solution. It’s a combination of cleaners; chemicals that breakdown proteins and microorganisms that may have attached themselves to the lens. They also contact moisturizing agents, which are soothing to the eye. Thirdly, they contain buffers that have a twofold job: keeping the pH of your eyeball healthy and maintaining the shelf life of the product.

For convenience, scientists have managed to create a solution that can do all these jobs in a single product. Twenty years ago that wasn’t the case. Contact lens cleaning required several steps and products. Totally a pain in the kisser. Many wearers skipped steps, which put their eye health at risk. The creation of a multipurpose cleaning solution was warmly received, and is what contact wearers continue to use today. While it’s a fairly new product (less than 20 years old), there’s no doubt it’s made a huge impact for contact wearers. We couldn’t image life without it!

Is Contact Solution Necessary to Use?

We can’t stress enough about the awesome, healthy goodness that comes from using a trusted contact lens solution. For the skeptics out there, it’s definitely not just a ploy to sell more products. Contact lens solution is key to keeping your eye healthy and contacts clean. They’re killing germs and ridding the lens of any other contaminates, while at the same time keeping the contact conditioned so you can get maximum comfort while wearing them.

Can I Make My Own, Homemade Contact Lens Solution?

Some folks have gotten crafty and created their own DIY solutions made at home. The FDA officially released a statement in 2015 advising against this. Trusted brands of contact lens cleaning solutions go through rigorous tests and must meet FDA regulations to prove they are safe for our eyeballs. Most importantly, the final product is guaranteed to be sterile. Homemade solutions can’t make this same guarantee, which makes all the difference. By not using a sterile solution, you are putting yourself at serious risk for an eye infection. We’re fully with the FDA on this one: stay away from a DIY or even an off-brand solution. It’s just not worth the risk!

Important Notes on Contact Solution Use

Another way to avoid eye infections is to make sure you don’t re-use your trusty lens cleaning solution. Once used, it’s come in contact with germs and other random debris (think dust, pollen, pet dander… the list goes on). You don’t want to reuse the solution because you’re essentially introducing the used contact to even more potential contaminates.

And that, my friend, is the 411 on contact lens cleaning solutions. Don’t you practically want to hug that little bottle now that you know how seriously hard it’s working to keep your eyes fresh and healthy!?

Why Are Night Vision Goggles Green?

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The nighttime is great for a bunch of things, like stargazing, dancing (it’s mostly too awkward to do in pure daylight, right?), bonfires and ghost stories. With the sun gone and darkness setting in, there’s a total mood and vibe to the night that can’t be beat. But you know what kinda puts a damper on it? Not being able to see. Humans’ inability to see as well at night can be a total pain — just ask anyone who has stubbed their toes getting out of bed to use the bathroom.

Being the oh-so-smart species that we are, scientists have developed a way to rectify this: night vision goggles. They are the perfect solution for pilots, soldiers, or anyone else who needs to see in the dark. They’re mostly used in the military and police force. There are some available for civilian use, though. If you’ve ever used them, you might have noticed something a little funky about them — they make everything green! Wondering what that’s all about? Keep reading to find out!

Why Do They Turn Everything Green?

Now that you know how they work, you’re still likely wondering why they make everything look green.  Is it really necessary? It turns out, yes. This is because our eyes are more sensitive to green light than any other color. This allows us to see and recognize images better when they are bathed in green.

It is also easier on the eyes to stare at a green screen for longer periods of time than other colors. Therefore, it’s not a glitch or random effect that night vision goggles make everything green, but rather a deliberate design by manufacturers to help give the eye comfort — something we can always get behind.

A Brief History Lesson

Night vision goggles were first invented in Germany during World War II (sometime in the 1930s, to be more precise). They were a far cry from the goggle design we are familiar with today. These early models were fairly large, about 12 inches around, and required the user to wear a large supply pack on his back in order to give them power. Not exactly efficient, though they did enhance night vision.

During the Vietnam War, decades after their invention, night vision goggles dramatically improved. These newer models used existing light from the moon and stars, which they then intensified. The increased light allowed the wearer to see more of his or her surroundings.

Today, night vision goggles work by increasing the light of an object, no matter how little of it there actually is, so that our eyes can process the image. This is similar to earlier versions used by soldiers in the Vietnam War, except the newer technology extracts light directly from the object — not just the night sky. They’re able to do this because everything gives off some amount of light, even in total darkness. In some cases that light may be infrared, which the eye can’t see. But that’s not an issue for night vision goggles, which can process it so that we can view the image.

Wondering how good night vision goggles really are? Pretty gosh darn good. In fact, come current night vision goggles work so well that the wearer is able to see a person over 200 yards, (or 600 feet) away on a cloudy night, (which means there isn’t much, if any, light available to glean from the night sky)!  Pretty cool, huh? The eyes are capable of incredible things, but sometimes manmade devices can make all the difference between making objects visible and invisible!