Better With or Without Glasses: the Timberlakes

Whether you’re running lines on camera with another actor or sharing the stage with Jay-Z in a sold-out stadium, contacts are the obvious choice when you have an active lifestyle.  They offer a more complete field of vision, and achieve much closer to natural eyesight than glasses do. Plus, they don’t leave sweaty imprints on the bridge of your nose. But when out for a day of shopping or getting glammed up for a premiere party, Hollywood sweethearts Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel sometimes opt for a fashionable pair of glasses over their usual contact lenses. Which do you prefer on these newlyweds?

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Jessica Biel: the Case for “With Glasses”

Jessica Biel is a classic beauty, and a well-selected pair of frames makes her look fresh-faced and clean cut. Compared to her super glammed bangs and beach bod, they give her appearance a certain simplicity that acts as a breath of fresh air, alluding to her early roots as wholesome, girl-next-door Mary Camden from 7th Heaven.  Jessica looks sweet and sensible in glasses, plus, this visible reminder that she cares properly for her eyes helps to play up her highly publicized healthy lifestyle.

Jessica Biel: the Case for “Without Glasses”

Biel 2Just one look and we’re begging Jessica never to hide behind a pair of glasses again! She has absolutely killer cheekbones that demand our full attention, not to mention a stunningly clear complexion, of which frames would only clog the pores of her T-zone. No matter the style, cut, or color, her hair surrounds her face so perfectly, and glasses seem to offset that flawless definition. 

The Decision

Without a doubt, we prefer Jessica sans glasses – it’s no wonder she so rarely leaves the house in frames! Her contacts help to play up her coveted features in a way that is seductive and still highly approachable. Take a leaf from Jessica’s book: ditch the glasses and let your natural beauty shine through for weeks on end with anything from monthly disposable contact lenses to one of Acuvue contacts dailies.

Justin Timberlake: the Case for “With Glasses”

timberlake-kevinmazur-wireimage-gettyJT is so much more than an entertainer: he is also a gifted music producer, serious business professional and extreme trendsetter. Justin stands at the heart of the industry after years of experience spent fine-tuning his artistic skills to make a large profit and polishing his entrepreneurial know-how, which has led him to significant business ventures, from clothing and sports to social media. His signature thick frames help to bolster this intellectual persona, which reminds the public that this triple threat actor/singer/dancer is skilled in additional dimensions.

Justin Timberlake: the Case for “Without Glasses”

Justin-Timberlake-showed-off-his-smileThe Ramen noodle-haired falsetto that we first fell in love with in the 90’s hooked us in with his baby blues and killer dance moves. And guess what? It’s been almost 20 years since NSYNC’s inception, and both have never looked better. We don’t need a distraction from Justin’s natural charm, subtle scruff and all-American good looks; and we certainly don’t need a visual reminder of his brilliance both in and outside of the studio.

The Decision

Justin can definitely pull of the chic nerdy look – however, the glasses just do not complement his appearance. The black frames contrast greatly with his skin tone and facial hair, and the way in which the rims sit just over his eyebrows make the pop star appear at once, way older than you thought you remembered, and also just like the awkward kid who asked too many questions in your 11th grade biology class. Not to mention, those bright blue eyes – which you, too can get with Freshlook Colorblends contacts – should never be hidden or overshadowed. We prefer Justin Timberlake when he sticks to the tried and true suit and tie ensemble.

We think this dynamic duo look best when rocking contacts that don’t take away from their strong featured and classic good looks. Do you agree? Make your case in the comments section!

 

What Causes Pupils to Dilate?

BlueyeDilated pupils (also referred to as mydriasis) can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Normally, the pupil will dilate in dim lighting as an attempt to increase the range and quality of your vision. When your surroundings become less dark, the pupil shrinks back to a smaller size in an effort to protect the eye from damage caused by excessive glare. In essence, the brightness of the environment is a large factor in determining the size of pupils on an everyday basis. Sometimes, however, pupils become dilated in a light-filled environment for the following common reasons:

Attraction:

Although the exact reasons are still unknown, it is been found that our eyes will dilate when we find something attractive. This can be anything: a car, house, or people we find to be romantic interests. Basically, anything that our brains find to be interesting will subconsciously result in dilated pupils. Interestingly enough, things that our brain does not find interesting or attractive often shrink our pupils even further.

Furthermore, when it comes to individuals we are romantically drawn to, we are more likely to find someone attractive if their eyes are currently dilated. In numerous studies this was found to be true. Most famously, in a study conducted by Eckhard Hess they showed men pictures of women, and vice versa; they asked them whether they thought the person in that photograph was attractive. It was concluded that more often than not, the men and women both picked the members of the opposite sex with dilated pupils to be more attractive.

Trauma:

5854670985_167f1f2998_zIn an instance of trauma or brain injury, the pupils can become abnormally dilated. This is because the muscle responsible for maintaining the size of the pupils (iris sphincter) can fail to send certain signals to the brain; this can be seen when someone suffers a concussion or a stroke. Also, the iris sphincter itself can become damaged and as a result will fail to do its job of keeping the pupil at a healthy size.

If someone receives any sort of blow to the head, and their pupils grow abnormally large, it is best to have them see a doctor as dilated pupils can be a sign for more serious problems.

Drugs: 

Blue_and_Red_Pills_(Cold_Pills_and_Decongestants) To understand why drugs often dilate the pupils, it is important to know that there are two “branches” of the brain: the sympathetic nerves system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The former is responsible for the “fight or flight” emotions and essentially speeds up the body; the latter slows it down.

When the pupils are dilated because of drug use, it means the substance has sped up the sympathetic nervous system and the body falsely enters into “fight” mode. A side effect of that reaction is dilated pupils.

Common drugs that often make the pupils dilate are: marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD.

By itself, eye dilation is usually just a reaction to the amount of light present and is not considered to be dangerous or unhealthy. It’s when the dilation is the result of injury or a substance put into the body that the problems can start to occur. If your eyes remain dilated for an extended period of time for a reason other than a reaction to the current brightness, it is recommended that you go see a doctor or health professional. 

How to Flush Debris from the Eye

You have probably, at some point in your life, felt the alarming discomfort of getting something in your eye.  Your immediate response may be to rub the eye with a great sense of urgency.  If there is a piece of debris stuck in your eye, this knee-jerk reaction may be dangerous and cause further damage.  The act of rubbing will only drag the foreign object across the cornea, scratching the surface and presenting further complications.  What’s the big deal? The cornea is the clear portion of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil; it contains many nerve endings and is therefore very sensitive, so scraping it can cause excruciating pain.8511926983_9b03143ac3_z

There is, however, a proper and safe method to flushing small particles that get stuck in the eye. 

1)     Firstly, if you feel that you may have dirt particles stuck in the eye, you can blink a few times to dislodge the object.  Ask a friend to check the eye for any visible debris. It’s helpful to travel to a well-lit environment for increased clarity.

2)     Before touching the eyelids or using your hands to deal with the eyes in any way, first be sure to have clean hands to prevent more bacteria from entering the eye and risking an infection.

3)     Close your lids and get a tissue.  If the blinking did not work, your eye is probably increasing its tear production at this point – the body’s natural response to flush out unwanted debris. Using the tissue, gently blot to remove the overflow from excess tear production.  The more tears you produce, the greater the chance of removing the object – so thinking of something sad to make yourself cry may even be a solution!

4)     Stretch the upper eyelid and pull down over the lower lid, then blink repeatedly.  This will allow the lashes from the lower eyelid to brush away unwanted debris.

5)   splash_pad  If the sensation persists, or you are having difficulty producing tears naturally, irrigate the eye with saline solution or artificial tears, or rinse with clean water. You can also rest the provoked side of your face in a pan of lukewarm water, and blink the eye underwater a few times to wash out the dirt, or hold the eye under a stream of running water, using your fingers to keep the eyelids apart.

You should see a medical professional if the pain persists and it still feels like there is something in your eye, if your vision is cloudy or blurred, or if your eye continues to tear after you have washed it out. 

What are some of the top causes of debris falling into your eyes? For starters, makeup can be quite a culprit, as can dust. Additionally, if you fail to routinely clean out your contact lens case and regularly replace it, dust and bacteria can build up. For an alternative, consider switching to lens that are replaced on a daily basis, like the Acuvue 1 Day Moist contacts.

Fact or Fiction: Eye Health

Not quite as unruly as those about Big Foot, myths about eye health are a little easier to grasp – and less frightening to deal with. From the tall tale that “carrots strengthen eyesight” to common health misconceptions, we’ve gathered quite a few myths, fictions and truths below for you to look through and apply to your life. Take a look and see if you know what’s right and wrong when it comes to your eyes. After all, they’re your window to the world!

380px-Question_markStatement: Staring into the sun will harm your vision.

Fact. We can all take a lesson from Galileo. The old Italian astrologist stared into the sun far too often, for far too long when perfecting his telescope and eventually paid the price. Extended exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays caused Galileo to go completely blind. This is an extreme example, but even short instances of UV exposure have been associated with macular degeneration and other eye disorders. You can avoid Galileo’s fate by simply not looking into the sun. Wearing sunglasses with 98% UV protection will also protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Statement: Eating more carrots sharpens your eyesight.

Fact (and sort of fiction). The vitamin A we get from eating carrots is absolutely vital for good vision, but to truly enhance our sight we need more than just the occasional helping of the orange veggie. While too much vitamin A can be harmful, the right amount can make a difference. Some other ways to get vitamin A are:

flickr-6457188397-hd·      Sweet potatoes.

·      Eggs, especially egg yolk.

·      Pumpkin.

·      Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale.

·      Mangos.

·      Liver – cast aside all doubt, liver is perhaps the best source of vitamin A out there.

·      Fortified milk.

For additional ideas, read our post about food to improve eyesight.

Statement: Eyes become dependent on contact lenses/glasses and lose strength.

Fiction. Corrective lenses are an aid; they will not stunt or weaken the growth of your eyes. A change in prescription comes from aging or eye diseases – not from reliance on glasses or contact lenses. If you feel your vision is getting worse, make an appointment with your local eye doctor for a checkup. Or if you need some new lenses, try the latest from Acuvue!

Statement: Reading in the dark damages your eyes.

Fiction. While it’s significantly harder to see the pages in dim light, reading in the darkness will not actually harm your vision. Sure, it’ll make you tired and you might even fall asleep with a minor headache and classic novel on your face, but your eyesight will remain intact.

800px-Overton's_Computer_LabStatement: Working in front of a computer screen will cause vision impairment.

Fiction. This is a common workplace misconception. The strain from working on a computer will make your eyes tired and dry, but won’t actually damage your eyesight. If your work involves lots of computer work, it’s important to remember to take occasional breaks throughout the day in order to give your eyes a break. Blinking is also vital, as it helps keep your eyes moist.

Don’t believe everything you hear (or see) about eyesight – sometimes the old generalities just aren’t true. But that’s what we’re here for; Replace My Contacts’ blog has all you need to know about eyesight, contacts and more!

Clear Care Contact Lens Solution Linked to Burning and Redness

Many consumers turn to Clear Care contact lens solution for the disinfecting, sterilization, and storage of contact lenses.  This product claims to be effective, easy to use, and gentle on the eyes.  Reviews of this product, however, have been quite mixed – the negative reviews claiming this product to be harsh and hazardous.  Therefore, users of this solution beware – and be sure to read the instructions carefully and thoroughly before using this product.

amo-lens-solution-recallIn the past, however, what the front label lacked what the proper warnings about the dangers of using this contact lens solution improperly.  There have been over 110 complaints to the Food and Drug Administration about Clear Care burning and irritating the eyes.  While minor label changes have been made in attempt to warn consumers, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit medication safety association, claims that these changes are not sufficient in giving the proper warning to the consumer.  Members of this association have been lobbying for more drastic changes to be made for sometime – as complaints continue to flow in, many at a time. 

Clear Care contact lens solution comes with a special contact lens case containing a metal ring that neutralizes the solution in six hours. The contact lenses should not be used with Clear Care solution in a normal, everyday lens storage case.  The consumer should not place the solution directly in the eye, and must keep lenses in the solution for no less than six hours. 

Officials at Ciba Vision, the company that produces Clear Care, along with the Food and Drug Administration, state with certainty that the warning labels have been recently changed and are now adequate enough to communicate the dangers of improper use of this product.  The label now predominantly displays the hydrogen peroxide content, along with warnings of possible burning or irritation.

9539429998_9d67280635_zDespite these changes that have been made, reports of severe burning and pain are continuing to come in.  The pain that comes with improper use is alarming and excruciating.  Consumers have claimed to experience searing pain and irritation that feels like the eye is on fire.  This pain and discomfort, even after washing out the eye, may last for several days.  One person claimed that the pain was worse than scratching the cornea.

While it should go without saying, the consumer should read the labels and instructions properly before using certain products – especially something that is going to be used in the eyes.  While the labels of Clear Care solution do give warnings and instructions of proper use on the label, some people continue to use it improperly.  The issue is that this solution is not meant to be used as your everyday cleaning solution.  It is for overnight use only.  Many people just assume that it can be used as a normal solution, and that is where the trouble lies.  The solution to this not-so-clear solution may be even more predominant warnings on the label, making it obvious to anyone who picks up a bottle of Clear Care contact lens solution that this is not a normal, everyday rinsing solution, and to use with caution.

If nightly cleaning your contacts in solution is unappealing, consider switching to a Dailies Aquacomfort Plus or Acuvue 1 Day Moist. Crafted to be replaced daily, these contact lenses are tossed at night instead of being submerged in contact solution.