Contrary to popular belief, winter air is usually drier than the other seasons. Surprised? This lack of humidity can make eyes feel a bit more red and scratchy. Unfortunately, there is little comfort to be found going indoors to reduce exposure to the winter air, as heaters dry out the air inside buildings and can contribute to the arid feeling your eyes. So how in the world can a person make it through winter without suffering from the miserable itching and burning that accompanies dry eyes? Consider the following prevention and treatment tips. Read more
In recent years, Hollywood and TV has discovered that millions of people enjoy watching a specific kind of character that is best characterized as being “geeky.” They’re smart, loveable and easily relatable. Almost always, when depicted on screen, these individuals sport chunky glasses. To celebrate these endearing characters and the actors who portray them, we highlight some of our favorite “Hot Hollywood Geeks” and ask whether they look better with or without their iconic specs.
With his 70’s style frames, ill-fitting clothes and dry sense of humor, Napoleon Dynamite’s title character rocked our world and spurred plenty of catch phrases in 2004. Therefore, audiences were shocked to see actor John Heder in his natural state, which bares hardly any resemblance to his iconic character. While this star undoubtedly owes a debt of gratitude to those bulky frames, we think he looks 10x more attractive when he peels them off.
Zooey Deschanel’s lead character on The New Girl, Jess, has become known and loved for her quirky demeanor and her ability to make the best out of every situation. Her black framed glasses perfectly suit her girly, retro image, which she completes with an arsenal of ladylike dress. We love how Zooey is able to whip the frames off-and-on so she can comfortably transition from cute and winning to knockout gorgeous. Envious of this actress’s iconic blue peepers? You can recreate the look with a pair of colored contacts from FreshLook Coloblends.
Steve Urkel, played by actor Jaleel White, became a pop culture icon in the early 90s all due to his endearing demeanor that made you forget about all the trouble he was normally causing. His signature large tortoise framed glasses fit right in with his strange suspenders and abnormally high pants. Glasses did not help his looks at all and a major plot point on this show was the appearance of hit hot alter ego, played simply by the main actor changing his clothes and removing his glasses.
Alex Dunphy is known on the hit comedy Modern Family as the socially awkward, younger sister who has the brains of her clan. Her basic black frames help to emphasize that her character is a sweet teenage girl who would rather be studying than partying. Without the glasses, actress Ariel Winter instantly transforms into a young Hollywood starlet who appears “all grown up.” We love both looks, but there’s no denying that the teen actress looks a bit more polished without the glasses. Questioning whether your child or teen is too young for contacts? Find out all the information you need here.
Actor Johnny Galecki has played character Leonard Hofstadter on the Big Bang Theory for several years. His narrow black framed glasses fit his face shape well, but make his appearance translate as being more casual. Without the heavy frames, his inner heartthrob truly shines.
The main character of the show Ugly Betty represents the quintessential Hollywood geek. Played by actress America Ferrera, the title character was a walking fashion disaster that was often the source of many jokes on the show. Later on in the series, Betty did develop a fashion sense and obtained more sophisticated glasses. Though the actress looks stunning without eyewear, her character was seen by many as motivator to be yourself and follow your dreams despite how you look.
Do you agree with our assessments or do you think that these hot Hollywood actors looked better in their “geek chic” attire? Let us know if you prefer them with or without their glasses in the comment section below or visit us on Facebook!
Dry eyes and itching, sneezing and sniffing; no one is going to argue that allergies are anything but miserable. What’s more, contact lenses can further aggravate the symptoms, by potentially trapping allergens under the lens. The result is redness and irritation that can make going about your day infinitely more unpleasant. How can we battle the allergies that can strike at any time during the year? By taking a three-pronged approach. The first step is to limit the body’s exposure to the germs, the second is to treat existing symptoms and the third is to minimize the affect contact lenses has on the allergies.
Contacts– they empower you to be unshackled by glasses, benefit from UV protection and witness the world with clear sight. To celebrate the endless possibilities that are available to you with lenses, we’ve highlighted some of the beautiful, exciting experiences you can behold with contact lenses that may otherwise not be possible with eyeglasses.
As anyone who has worn for glasses for a while can vouch for, an annoying aspect of wearing glasses is the persisting need to remove them to wipe away the steam. This can be an irritation while cooking, drinking a piping hot cup of tea or navigating particularly foggy environments. Luckily, humidity doesn’t have a negative effect on contacts, allowing you to travel through damp conditions to witness truly beautiful settings without having to wipe away the obtrusive mist. The rain forest? Hiking in the murky mountains? Depending on your preference when vacationing, you may enjoy the freedom of being able to nightly toss 1-Day Acuvue so you don’t have to worry about solution and a case, or the extended wear capabilities of PureVision.
Ice skating evokes sweet memories of romantic dates, hot coco and lovely pirouettes. However, with one fall, your eye glasses can become cracked. Therefore, enjoy this cold weathered activity with a pair of contacts so, if you do happen to tumble forward, your hands will be concerned with blocking your impact rather than securing your eye glasses. Skiing, sledding, snowmobiling . . . let the winter sports begin!
Another activity you can’t wear frames while doing? Roller coasters! With the plunging hills, zooming loops and the jerking upside down movement, your glasses will fall from your face to the hard ground in a matter of mere seconds. Give yourself some peace of mind during the wild ride and pop in contacts. Plus, you can keep your eyes pleasantly wet against the whipping air with the Acuvue 1 Day Moist lenses.
Even a trip to the movies can be a nuisance with specs, especially if you’re handed 3-D glasses at the door. Layering one on top of the other will feel just plain silly. Plus, let’s not forget about how they can be cumbersome when playing sports, cuddling, walking in the rain . . . so tell us readers, what activities have you found wearing contacts has made possible?
The nights are getting longer, days are getting shorter. Temperatures are dropping and people are spending less time outdoors. No need to worry about UV radiation anymore right? Wrong! UV rays are still present, can still cause damage (painful burns and even worse, skin cancer)—and need to be planned for accordingly. While it may be true that people are more exposed to UV rays in the summer time because they spend more time outdoors—the intensity of UV rays is not necessarily affected by the temperature. For example, UVA rays (long wave ray) are equally strong year-round and are the deepest penetrating UV ray (the other is UVB…a short wave ray).
Some factors to consider affecting UV ray strength:
1) Distance from Equator (Latitude). Generally, the closer you are to the equator the more intense the UV radiation will be—the sun is closer to directly overhead and there is less atmosphere (Ozone) to filter the UV rays.
- The strongest rays will be between the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer—this area will have very high levels of UV radiation year-round.
- The Southern United States (S.California, across to Texas and on to Florida) are likely to have higher levels of UV radiation year round.
2) Time of Day. UV rays are strongest around solar noon…which is anywhere from 10AM to 4PM. A short shadow indicates stronger UV rays. This does not mean that outside this time frame the UV rays are weak; it means that extra protection is needed in this time frame as the rays are significantly stronger.
3) Length of Exposure. The longer you spend in the sun, the more UV rays you are exposed to. This does not have to be outdoor sport related; it can be a simple walk to your car in a parking lot on a sunny day.
4) Reflection. Many people do not realize that UV rays can be reflected off a multitude of surfaces. In general, the whiter the surface, the stronger the UV rays. To protect against reflected UV rays: wear higher SPF sunscreen and apply more frequently than normal, and wear polarized sunglasses to eliminate glare. Below are some surfaces and respective UV reflection levels:
- Water and Grass: can reflect up to 5% of UV rays. Apply sunscreen more frequently than usual, because sweat and water will wear the sunscreen off faster.
- Sand and Concrete: can reflect up to 12% of UV rays.
- Snow: can reflect up to 85% of UV rays. Polarized sunglasses in an environment with snow are critical; because the glare off of snow can cause snow blindness. Regular sunglasses will not prevent this, only polarized lenses will.
5) Cloud Cover. It is a common myth that you will not get burned on a cloudy day…but this is totally untrue. Up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate clouds, fog, or haze. Be mindful of this.
6) Ozone. Thinning out of the Ozone layer (which filters UV rays) results in increased exposure to UV rays. There are holes in the Ozone layer over parts of the Arctic and Antarctic, and in other parts of the world.
7) Altitude. The atmosphere is thinner at higher altitudes. There is less Ozone to filter UV rays at higher altitudes. Each 1,000 meters of elevation gain can equate to roughly 10% increase in UV radiation level.
To protect against the sun’s damaging UV rays and help prevent sunburn & skin cancer, it is strongly recommended to wear a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen anytime you will be in the sun—be sure to apply on any exposed skin. Activities like outdoor sports, a beach day, or anything where you will be sweating or getting wet; consider wearing a stronger SPF sunscreen that is also waterproof. Many times this is labeled a “Sport” or “Active” sunscreen. Another option is to wear clothing that covers more skin.
UV rays do not only cause skin damage; over time, the rays that reach the eyes can cause cataracts and other eye tissue defects. You can even get a sunburn on your eye, called photokeratitis (usually it resolves itself in 1-2 days, but still not fun). One way to help prevent UV damage to the eyes is to wear contact lenses offering UVA and UVB protection, like all Acuvue contacts and the popular Biomedics 55 Premier and Avaira lenses. For extra protection, it is recommended that you wear sunshades when outside, like the Von Zipper sunglasses. Discuss with your doctor if your current contact lenses also protect against UV radiation.
Whether the weather has changed makes no difference to UV rays; they are always damaging and need to be guarded against. Take into account that anytime you are outdoors, you are exposed to UV rays—this exposure is magnified by things like altitude, reflective surfaces, and latitude. To prevent painful sunburns, skin cancer, or even eye damage: wear at least SPF 30 sunscreen, clothing that covers potentially exposed skin, sunglasses, and UV protecting contact lenses.
ReplaceMyContacts.com, a quick and convenient source for cheap contact lenses, was recently welcomed into the Google Trusted Stores Program. This distinction is exclusively bestowed upon online merchants who continually exhibit a commitment to their patrons through timely deliveries and responsive customer service. With 99.9% of our orders being issue-free and your contacts arriving on average 1.7 days after the initial order was placed, it’s no wonder that Google has given us the honor of being officially named a Trusted Store.
The Google Trusted Store badge, now visible on the Replace My Contacts website, lets shoppers hover over the badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. Additionally, customers now have the option to choose free purchase protection from Google so they can rest assured that, in the unlikely case in which they are unhappy with their purchase, they can request Google’s help. Google will then work with Replace My Contacts and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.
“It has always been our number one priority to deliver the very best products and service to our customers, and we are truly honored that Google recognizes this”, says Todd Messinger, President of Replace My Contacts. “We strive every day to provide our shoppers with an amazing experience, great prices, and fast shipping and we will continue to do so”.
Replace My Contacts is a top online resource dedicated to affordably providing quality contact lenses from top brands like Acuvue, Freshlook and more. No matter whether you’re on the hunt for toric lenses to aid astigmatism or colored varieties to make your irises pop, our generous selection will provide you with a host of options for you to browse or cheaply refill your prescription with. Enjoy the convenience of online ordering, available from Replace My Contacts every hour of every day!
Contacts – they allow us to navigate the world with enhanced vision without the hassle of bulky and fragile glasses. However, on days like yesterday, lenses can provide another service of spicing up our Halloween costumes! Whether it’s to sport pigments not normally seen in nature (like gold) or to amp up the gruesomeness of appearing as a zombie, more and more people are discovering the transformative powers of costume contacts. Normally we favor the natural appearance of colored Freshlook contacts but, come October 31st, we admittedly love the spooky and fantastical lenses shown below! In honor of yesterday’s major holiday, we decided to highlight some important tips to wearing these cosmetic accessories!
It is crucial to note that failure to follow some very basic precautions can lead to optical injuries, as is the case with all contact lenses. To make sure that you are receiving quality contact lenses that won’t lead to bodily harm, never buy any sort of lens from a vendor that doesn’t require a prescription. Remember that to buy them without a prescription is actually illegal! Never, ever borrow someone else’s lenses, even if it is only for a few hours. Failure to wear ones that are properly fitted can lead to scratched corneas, infections, abrasions and even blindness. All of this can easily be avoided by talking to your eye doctor and purchasing the lenses from a respected and trusted retailer. Additionally, these lenses require the same kind of care as normal contacts. Make sure that your hands are washed prior to application and always store in fresh solution. For tips on how to maintain a healthy environment for your eyes while wearing makeup, read our post Makeup & Contact Lenses.
Always follow the directions on the box, including the duration of time the contacts can be worn before removal is mandatory. If you experience discomfort, let your doctor or optometrist know immediately.
So keep your vision safe and your eyes particularly bright this Halloween and use costume contacts to flaunt a whole new side of you. Bring on the theatrics and bring out a bit of your wild side! Tell us in the comment section below if YOU would ever consider donning something as wacky was red irises, as well as how colored contacts could enhance this year’s costume.
How many times have we heard individuals bemoan being forced to wear glasses? One of the most common reasons you’ll undoubted hear is “I can’t wear contacts because I have astigmatism.” Well, truth be told, the idea that you can’t wear lenses because of this condition is a myth that far too many people buy into.
Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes vision to blur due to an irregularly shaped cornea, lens of the eye, or even the cover of the eye. Astigmatism is a very common disorder. In fact, most people have some form of astigmatism (however slight it may be); the good news is that astigmatism can now be fully corrected with contact lenses!
To find which contact lenses are optimal for you it is always best to consult with your eye care professional, so they can give advice tailored to you; but it is good to be informed of the options. An eye doctor is the only person who will be able to tell how much astigmatism you have—which is critical in deciding which specific description is for you. For more information on the different contact lens styles, check out our post How to choose the right contact lenses for your lifestyle. There are a whole slew of contact lens brands and variations to choose from—and some are specifically designed for astigmatism.
The first step in addressing astigmatism is to find out to what degree you are affected; generally astigmatism is measured in diopters. If a doctor determines that there is not much astigmatism, you may not need special contacts and can wear regular contacts. If a doctor determines that you need special contacts for astigmatism, there are fewer lens options designed for significant amounts of astigmatism (unfortunately, there is no standard definition of “significant amount of astigmatism” it is a doctor’s judgment call.)
- Astigmatism of .75 diopters is about the lowest that any toric lens is designed to correct.
o A toric lens is a soft contact lens specifically designed to compensate for the irregularities of astigmatism; as well as correct any vision problems such as nearsightedness and far sightedness. If you have less than .75 diopters of astigmatism, say .6 diopters, a toric lens might not provide additional benefit over a normal soft contact lens.
o Toric lenses are generally more expensive and may feel a bit different than normal lenses. The doctor should be able to advise if the vision correction benefits would be equal between normal and toric lenses. It may be worth trying samples of each for a week to see which works better for you.
If a doctor determines that toric lenses are the right lenses for you…what brand should you go with? Well, most newer designs work very well—so brand names should not make much difference. However, some brands make their lenses in a wider range of options. The following contact lenses are some of the most popular lenses for astigmatism:
o Made by Johnson and Johnson. These contacts are designed to keep moist while wearing (prevent dry eyes), have good breathability, and provide a good fit. These contacts are replaced every 2 weeks if worn daily and removed/cleaned at night; or can be worn 6 days in a row and then replaced.
o Made by Cibavision. These contacts are designed for maximum oxygen permeability, consistent fit, and comfort. These are monthly disposable lenses that are meant to be removed and cleaned with solution each night.
o Made by Coopervision. These contacts are designed for all day comfort by allowing large amounts of oxygen to the eye, and reducing dry eyes with a special Aquaform Technology. These contacts can be worn 7 days straight and replaced, or as daily wear lenses removed/cleaned each night and replaced after a month.
If you have astigmatism, know that you have options—including many contact lens options! The days of glasses being your only form of vision correction are over. With this article you should be able to have an informed discussion with your eye care professional and find the best pair of contacts for you. Always remember, you can try out as many sample pair of contact lenses as you want—the eye doctor should understand and want to find the most comfortable and well performing lenses for you. Let us know about your experience with contact lenses for astigmatism in the comments section.
At one point or another, we’ve all longingly wondered what we would look like with different colored irises. After all, sporting a different hue is a fun way to play with our style, make our peepers seductively pop and, with Halloween right around the corner, take our costume to a whole other level. Countless celebrities have pulled off cosmetic contacts, and there is no reason why you can’t as well. We’ve gathered a few pointers to help you determine which tints may work best for your specific looks.
If you have fair or peach skin with cooler undertones, blues and grays will look stellar. While you can wear almost any hue, darker tones might appear abnormally harsh. Love her or hate her, Paris Hilton is a prime example of how piercing blue eyes can look natural if worn properly; this naturally brown-eyed lass first started sporting blue as a teenager and, thanks to the pink undertones in her skin and light hair color, the pigment fit her so well that most people would never even suspect that her irises were cosmetically enhanced.
If you have a tan or darker complexion, you most likely have a warmer tint to your skin that is best served by playing it up with similarly warm irises. Honey, brownish-greens will look natural but add some oomph. Subtly olive-skinned Angelina Jolie has naturally blue eyes but we love it when she pops in green colored contacts for a look that is friendly, if not a little playfully devilish.
For an exotic look that will flatter, opt for seductive purples or grays. Blue isn’t off the table but ladies should opt for darker versions and it tends to look severe when contrasted against darker skin tones. For instance, take brown-eyed beauty Naomi Campbell; the blue tinting she sometimes don, as the shading is too stark a comparison. We strongly prefer her in inviting, hotter tones that play up the warmness of her coloring.
Keep in mind that there are varying intensities available; Freshlook Lite Tint will enhance your natural coloring, while Freshlook Colors Opaques is somewhat more vibrant. As a bonus, there are even options for those of us that require toric shaped lenses. Additionally, avoid the temptation to either use your same go-to eyeshadow colors as before or make your cosmetics overly “matchy matchy.” Instead, contrast your shadow against your newly minted irises to make them truly pop; if you have blue eyes, pair them with creams, reds and golds; if you have green eyes, lilacs and browns will make them really shimmer; and, if you are wearing brown contacts, anything goes so have fun! Click here to read our advice on keeping your eyes safe when dealing with cosmetics and contact lenses.
As you consider which color lenses to take the leap with, remember two things:
* Firstly, no matter what decision you make, you can always change your mind! Feeling like blue one week and then purple the next? You’re not locked into one particular tint, so experiment to find what you believe to be your ideal choice.
* Secondly, what matters the most is YOUR personal preference. The insights provided above are meant to serve as general suggestions and may not coincide with what you had in mind. Express yourself and find the coloring that makes you feel beautiful and confident.
If you were given a choice between your vision and your makeup, which would you choose? Luckily, this is a decision you don’t actually have to make, as the two can coexist for women who wear contacts. It’s important to understand that improper application and maintaining can lead to contact wearers to suffer from pretty nasty eye infections but, by taking a few simple steps, ladies can safeguard against the buildup of bacteria. Continue reading to learn how to healthily utilize your favorite makeup staples while sporting contact lenses.
I’ll give you the best tip right off the bat:
************************WASH YOUR HANDS**************************
Having clean hands is an absolute given anytime you will be touching close to the eye—PERIOD. The idea is to keep the eye free from foreign matter, so washing hands is critical in keeping your fingers from stuffing things into your eye. If in doubt, wash your hands.
Another golden nugget:
————————————–DON’T SHARE MAKEUP—————————————-
Bacteria from makeup can get into the eye and cause real problems. It is best to make sure only you are using your makeup to avoid having others’ germs spread to your makeup and body.
Other tips and tricks:
- Along the same lines as mentioned in our earlier post The Ins-and-Outs of wearing Makeup with Contact Lenses, consider spraying perfume/hairspray/deodorant/etc. BEFORE putting contacts in to avoid the spray contaminating the contact lenses and potentially getting trapped in the eye—causing serious discomfort.
- In general, it is best to use oil-free and fragrance free makeup—consider water based products. Also, using water resistant eyeliner and mascara will help prevent makeup flaking off into the eye. Some eye care providers suggest using hypoallergenic products as they are gentler.
- When applying eyeliner, it is better to use a soft pencil; as hard pencil is more likely to flake and fall into the eye. Don’t use liquid eyeliner. It should be obvious but when applying eyeliner, but be VERY careful not to accidentally strike the eye with the pencil.
- Don’t apply makeup onto the inner eyelid (also called eyelid margins) because this part of the eyelid has oil glands which—if clogged by makeup—can cause dry eyes and even ugly styes (worse than being ugly, styes hurt).
- Don’t wear glitter around the eyes. The glitter can fall into the eye and can badly scratch the eye; the problem is compounded if the glitter gets under the contact lens.
- When applying mascara, it would be best to apply from mid-lash to the tips, rather than applying from base to the tips. Applying mascara at the base can allow the mascara brush itself to touch the eye and cause damage, and leaving makeup at the base of the eyelash increases the chance that it will flake off into the eye. Do not use mascara with lash building fibers because the fibers can fall into the eye.
- If applying eye shadow, make sure the eyelashes do not get in the way by holding them down. Makeup inadvertently applied to eyelashes has a good chance of falling into the eye. Be very gentle when applying shadow so you don’t damage the contact or move it out of position.
- Remove your contacts BEFORE removing any makeup, and make this a daily practice using oil-free makeup remover. Always make sure to thoroughly clean your contacts or, to have a hassle-free, fresh lens ready to pop in every morning, consider purchasing Dailies.
Lastly: if your eyes show any redness, swelling, irritation, or if you have pain in either eye DO NOT APPLY MAKEUP. Call your eye care professional for advice.
Wearing makeup with contact lenses does not have to be a cause for worry. Adjusting your makeup application habits to include these tips will help avoid the potential problems, such as infection and scratches to the eye. For suggestions on which hypoallergenic makeup products would be right for you, consult with your eye care professional. Plus, if you want to spice up your look, consider pairing your cosmetics with the colored contacts brought to you by Freshlook.