Why is My Vision Blurry?

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When vision becomes blurry, it can be unnerving to say the least. Any prescription contact or glasses-wearer knows the struggle of waking up in the morning to hazy vision ‒ and the unavoidable routine of searching around blindly with your hands to find your glasses so you can see again before crawling out of bed. Le sigh.

When NOT to Worry about Blurred Vision

In most cases, blurry vision is simply due to a vision deficiency, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. These are common issues that are pretty simple to correct with a prescription for eyewear.

If you already wear contacts and notice your vision is a little out of focus, it’s likely a sign that it’s time to renew your prescription. This can happen, as vision often worsens over time. This is totally normal, so don’t fret! Simply schedule a visit to your optometrist for an updated fitting.

When Blurred Vision May Mean Something More Serious

When vision becomes blurry suddenly, it may be a sign of something more hazardous to your health than an ill-fitting prescription. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, you should seek medical attention right away.

Some causes of sudden on-set blurry vision, which can occur in one or both eyes, include:

  • Migraine headaches ‒ In this case, the blurry vision is just a side effect of the migraine, and is perhaps not even the worst part of these horrendous headaches. Luckily, once the headache clears up, vision should be restored to normal.
  • Stroke ‒ Like a migraine, blurry vision in this case is probably the least of your medical concerns. Vision may become disrupted by a stroke due to the lack of oxygen in the brain, which can then damage neuro pathways that send signals to the eyeball. For some people this vision loss is temporary and will be restored following the stroke, though it may take a few months to be completely healed. In other cases, vision loss may be permanent.
  • Eye infection or injury ‒ Trauma to the eyeball or an infection can both cause blurred vision. As the eye heals, normal vision should be restored. That said, it’s important to follow your physician’s treatment plan in order to ensure healing occurs as quickly and completely as possible.
  • Retina detachment ‒ The retina may become detached for many different reasons. Whatever the cause, it can make vision immediately blurry. It’s important to know that a retina can also detach slowly over time, which means vision may also become blurry over time. A detached retina requires surgery to be corrected.

In other instances, blurry vision may set in more slowly, though it can still be indicative of a more serious health problem. Here are a few examples of such cases:

  • Cataracts ‒ When the lens in the eyeball becomes opaque, or cloudy, it can cause blurred vision. This typically happens slowly over time; however, a fairly simple procedure can usually remove the cataracts and restore clear vision.
  • Pterygium ‒ A slow forming, yellow scar on the sclera (the white part) of the eyeball, pterygium grow large enough that it begins to spread over the cornea. When this happens vision can become either blurred or obstructed. Surgery is usually the best way to treat this condition. Once the pterygium is removed, vision is restored.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy ‒ We’ve talked about how diabetes can cause vision problems When blood sugar levels spike the retina can suffer damage. Over time, sustained retina damage can cause permanently blurred vision.
  • Glaucoma ‒ Like cataracts, glaucoma can spread slowly over time. With it, vision slowly becomes blurred. This gradual change may take time for a person to recognize. Unfortunately, if damage spreads too far, it may be irreparable.

Whether you experience a loss of focus slowly over time, or your vision becomes blurred in only a few short days, it’s important to see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible. In nearly all cases, the sooner the cause is diagnosed, the quicker healing can occur. This can make a significant difference in whether your vision will return to normal or remain permanently blurred – so make that appointment!

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Eye Health Today

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Who isn’t eating kale and cauliflower (ahem, the new kale) while slugging fresh-pressed juices in between yoga class these days? You, too? We kid, but health and wellbeing are hot topics nowadays ‒ and for good reason. Taking care of yourself will not only make you look great, but you’ll feel even better. That said, there’s one thing too many of us overlook: eye health.

Not many people realize that with a few daily tips and tricks you can drastically improve your eye health. Sure, it’s not quite as instantaneously gratifying as dropping ten pounds; but taking care of your eyes now will have some serious long-term benefits. Keep reading for some easy-peasy ways to improve your eye health ‒ no cardio, Pilates class, or fad diets required.

Eat eye-healthy

Giving your eyes the proper nutrients they require to keep vision in tip-top shape is something you can do in about 10 seconds. Yep, it only requires a matter of seconds. How is this possible? You’ve just gotta swallow a vitamin.

Our eyes need things like Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, zinc, and lutein to keep them strong and healthy. Luckily, you can get all of these things in a single multivitamin or supplement. In fact, you can even buy ones that are made for eye health specifically.

While we’re on the subject of food, you can also include foods in your diet that are naturally rich in these nutrients. Here’s a quick list of some yummy options that work wonders for eye health:

  • Dark, leafy greens
  • Egg yolks
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Blueberries
  • Coldwater fish, like salmon and cod

Give ‘em a rest

Most of us are pretty much on screen overload these days. Between smart phones, computers, and televisions, we’re logging mega hours behind screens. Unfortunately, there’s a definite downside to all this for our eyes. Without even realizing it, uninterrupted screen time can cause eye fatigue, strain, and dry eyes.

To combat the side effects, remember to give your eyes a rest, especially if you’re working an eight-hour day behind a computer. The best thing you can do is simply lay down, close your eyes, and chill out. To maximize relaxation, thrown on a cool eye compress or even a slice of cucumber over each eye.

If that’s not practical, remember to simply look away from your screen at least once every hour for about 10 minutes. This break gives your eyes a chance to refresh themselves. Bonus: take those 10 minutes to go for a quick walk around the office or neighborhood ‒ your whole mind and body will be refreshed!

Do daily exercises

We promised up front that when it comes to eye health, sweaty cardio isn’t involved, but we didn’t say exercise was completely off the table. When it comes to eye exercises, you can do them just about anywhere ‒ even in your highest heels. Here are a few quick and easy exercises to try out:

  • Roll your eyes. The trick here is to go slowly, otherwise you might make yourself dizzy. Do about 10 circles clockwise, then switch and do 10 more counterclockwise.
  • With clean hands, rub your palms together to heat them up a bit. Then gently press them against your closed eyelids for about 5-10 seconds. This practice is called Palming. It’s thought to help relax the optic nerve, which can carry stress and become strained when eyes are fatigued. When palming, you should not place any pressure on your eye socket ‒ you’re just laying your heated hands over the eyes.
  • Practice focusing near and far by holding a pen at arm’s length. Move it towards you, (about six inches from your nose) then back away from you. This forces your eye to refocus between near and far. Repeat this about 10 times.

Blink…on purpose

Like we said, all that screen time can be really wearing on our eyes. One issue is that we don’t naturally blink as often as we should when staring at a screen. This can lead to dry eyes and fatigue. To combat this, force yourself to blink every 3-4 seconds for a minute or two. This will instantly refresh and revive your eyes.

Protect ‘em when outdoors

We know we say this all the time, but the advice is too good to ignore. Throwing on a pair of sunglasses before you head outside is one of the best things you can do for your eyes year-round! On especially sunny days, consider throwing on a hat for extra good measure. The brim will provide soothing shade to protect from UV rays and squinting, so your eyes stay healthy and your skin stays wrinkle-free!

Better With or Without Glasses: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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Ever the dynamic duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been making audiences laugh ‘til their bellies hurt the better part of 20 years. The comedians first met at an improv workshop, well before either had even stepped onto a film set. Clearly, they hit it off and their friendship has continued to blossom right before the world’s eyes.

They first landed television screens sometime in 2001, when Amy joined Tina on the mega-popular Saturday Night Live. By 2004, they were the official co-anchors for “Weekend Update,” a hilarious news spoof. They continued to work together up until Fey left the show in 2006.

The comedic gal pals have also shared the silver screen a’plenty. They first shared a script in the 2004 hit Mean Girls. From there they moved onto leading roles in Baby Mama (2008) and most recently Sisters (2015).

The best part about these two? They’re actually real-life besties! They’re often seen together, and have shared in many red carpet and hosting gigs. As if their accomplishments together weren’t enough, they each have hugely successful careers, thanks to individual projects. Fey created, produced, and starred in the seriously hysterical 30 Rock from 2006 until 2013, playing the wonderfully amusing Liz Lemon. Poehler, on the other hand, was busy playing Leslie Knope on the equally popular Parks and Recreation. Like Fey, she produced and starred in the show, which ran from 2009 until 2015.

At Replace My Contacts, we always pay extra attention to people’s eyewear, as you well know. So, let’s get into it. When it comes to this duo, are they better with or without?

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Perhaps Fey’s most famous character, Liz Lemon was never without her glasses. Considering the show ran for almost seven years, it’s hard to think of her without the famous frames, even though it’s been a while since the show ended. What can we say? They totally work for her —and we suspect she knows it. Still, we love seeing her switch it up and pop in a pair of contacts every once in a while.

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Unlike Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope never wore glasses. But just because her most popular character never did, doesn’t mean Poehler doesn’t from time to time. We dig the slightly oversized black frames on the petite blonde. She looks like a boss businesswoman — which, considering all of her success, we know she definitely has that side to her! On the other hand, she manages to look somehow adorable and beautiful all at once frame-free and donning a beret. Also, less intimidating, which, we’re guessing that in Hollywood could be a good or bad thing. Either way, she is looking great!

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Not only did Liz Lemon always wear glasses, but it’s rare to spot Fey without any in real life. Maybe it’s the writer in her, but they definitely seem to suit her. We can totally see her sitting at a desk scribbling out a sure to be laughed-filled comedy. Although, we love seeing her glammed up on the red carpet without her specs in sight. It’s not often we get to see so much of her face. Maybe it’s the perfectly coiffed hair or earrings dripping in diamonds, but she looks totally regal — not at all like a woman who could eat her weight in Cheesy Blasters!

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Based on this snap of Poehler out and about in real life, we think it’s safe to say she favors the square, thick-frame style when it comes to her glasses. And hey, who are we to argue? We already said it — they totally work for her. Of course, we’ll never tire of seeing her without glasses because, hello, just look at those beautiful, crystal blue eyes!

#TBT Celebs Who Could’ve Used Contacts: Late Night TV Hosts

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After a long day, there’s almost nothing better than turning on a late night TV show and having a few laughs before you hit the pillow. It’s the perfect way to unwind, relax, and forget about any stress in your day. For that hour (or two…or three…) you can count on a string of stand-up monologues, a few fun celebrity interviews, and a musical number from a band you’ve probably never heard of. All in all, it’s pretty flipping great.

There have been a ton of different shows and hosts over the years. Generally, they’re highly likable, good-looking folk who laugh you to sleep. Kind of like an adult version of a lullaby. For our purposes, we’re curious about their stance on glasses and contacts, as looking good in front of the camera is a requirement of the gig! Scroll through for some of the biggest names in late night TV… and throwbacks to their best appearances in glasses.

Jimmy Fallon

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Good ol’ goofy Jimmy Fallon is probably one of the most popular TV hosts out there. The comedian is no stranger to late night laughs, either. He got his start on Saturday Night Live before eventually moving into his very own show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon proved himself a true late night man, eventually replacing the beloved Jay Leno as the permanent host of The Tonight Show, a monster career move. With his backing band, Philadelphia hip-hop crew The Roots, Fallon has lovingly seeped his way into American homes night after night.

Fallon hasn’t been seen wearing glasses in quite some time. Truth be told, he’s looking much spiffier these days, routinely donning a suite and tie for his hosting gig. But, as the picture on the left proves, he has definitely dabbled in frames. The dark, long, oval shape works for him, but he’s looking super suave without them on the right. We’re gonna make this one real simple: ditch the frames, Jimmy!

Chelsea Handler

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Late night TV is predominantly male gig. Enter Chelsea Handler, who managed to have a seven-year running late night show, Chelsea Lately, on the E! network. The wildly successful half-hour show was all about comedy. Chelsea also always included a three-person roundtable, and was never without her assistant, Chuy Bravo. Half-way through the show, Chelsea would bring in a celeb guest for an interview. Overall, it was pretty close to the typical late night format, but delightfully more inappropriate thanks to its E! network home.

Chelsea doesn’t do glasses – that is, unless they’re super dark, Hollywood-esque sunglasses, as seen on the left. Sure, it may be nighttime in this photo, but when you’ve got paparazzi flashing cameras in your face every second, the nighttime eyewear starts to make a whole lot of sense. Besides, she does look incredibly chic in them. On the right, in what we can assume are friendlier conditions, Chelsea is fresh-faced and frame-free. Glasses or not, she’s a beauty all the way.

Stephen Colbert

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David Letterman was a long time staple of late night, hosting the Late Show with David Letterman for 33 years. When he was ready to retire, everyone waited to see who would fill the big role left behind. Enter Stephen Colbert. Not exactly a newbie to late night, Colbert worked on The Daily Show and then later, The Colbert Report, before ending up on the CBS mega-show.

Like Letterman, Colbert is rarely seen without his glasses. Opting for a low-key, frameless style, we’re so accustomed to seeing them on his face that, well, they just seem to belong. That said, we love the frame-free look he’s sporting on the right. Way more casual and relaxed looking, we think he should consider trying out contacts more often!

Conan O’Brien

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Conan has been hosting late night gigs for almost his entire career. In fact, since Letterman retired, Conan is now the late night host with the longest running career, clocking in a whopping 22 years. He started as a writer for SNL. After a writing gig for The Simpsons, he moved on to host the Late Show on NBC, where he stayed comfy for about 16 years (!). He then prepared to take over the helm at The Tonight Show when long-time host Jay Leno retired. He hosted it for about a year before being awkwardly replaced. The removal of Conan created a scandal in the late night TV world, but the comedian has certainly recovered. He went on to host Conan on the TBS network, where he continues to make his audience laugh.

Conan is an unmistakable guy. For starts, he’s incredibly tall, measuring in at a lengthy 6’4. And then there’s the trademark, side-wave-swept red hair. He doesn’t typically wear glasses, and in truth, he likely only took the picture above for a sketch. Even still, it’s enough to make us firmly suggest that he stick to a frame-free face. We like the lovable comedian just the way he is — sans glasses!

Does your favorite late night show host sport glasses or contacts on the regular? Which look is your favorite? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

10 Amazing Ways the Human Eye Reveals Thoughts and Emotions

 

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When pressing someone for the truth, you likely have an instinct to look directly into his or her eyes. In fact, you may have also requested they, in turn, look you in the eye. Have you ever wondered why? It may be a request from the subconscious, but it’s a spot-on idea. That’s because the human eye can reveal thoughts and emotions. Knowing how to tune into these signal can help you better understand what a person is thinking or feeling without them even having to say it.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the amazing ways our eyes can say what our mouths sometimes can’t. Our eyes are often unable to hide our true emotions the way that words can. While it’s not foolproof, the eyes can often give strong hints about what’s really going on in someone’s head. Keep reading for some keen insight into the secret language of the human eye!

Direction of Eyes

Our eyeballs are constantly moving. Even in sleep, your eyes are fluttering around during REM cycle; even though you are unconscious, and thus, unaware of it. If you can follow the direction of someone’s eyes when talking to them, you can get some clues into what they’re thinking and feeling.

Away— When eyeballs roam away from the listener while talking, it is a good indication that the person has become distracted by something outside the conversation. This could be due to another person or even just a thought that has suddenly come up in their head. Whatever the case, it is likely they are no longer 100% focused on the conversation at hand.

Eye Contact— If a person is maintaining constant eye contact, it is a good indication that they are connected and interested in the conversation.

Up and to the right— This movement may signal that the person is thinking about something in the future, a potential “what if”. This could also mean they are being deceptive, as looking to the right signals our creative side—perhaps a sign the person is about to craft a response from their imagination rather than fact.

Up and to the left— Eyes tend to move in this direction when a person is trying to recall something from the past. They’re busy digging into their recess of memories. This is a positive sign that they’re likely about to tell the truth.

Side— When the eyes move to the side, either left or right, it hints that the person is trying to think of an answer or response. Part of this may simply be that they are working to remember something—perhaps an answer to a question that you asked.

Lowered— This is a signal that a person is feeling shy or disinterested in the conversation, or perhaps just the topic at hand.  

Size/Shape of the Eyes

We can slightly change the size and shape of our eyes, thanks to the muscles in the face around the eyeball. Of course, the actual size of your eyeballs don’t change in any way — it’s just the muscle around the face that can make it appear as such.

Narrowed— When eyes narrow or squint, it is a clue that the person is suddenly uncomfortable. It may go so far as to signal that they are suffering from the topic or current situation they are facing.

Widened— When the face contorts to make the eyes appear wider, it’s a clue that the person is feeling confident and assured. It may also indicate that they’re trying to intimidate you.

Blinking

When dramatizing a crush, a person may playfully blink in rapid succession. This eye fluttering is pretty much a universal signal that a person is attracted to whoever s/he is speaking to—and well, that’s pretty much accurate. You may not blink quite as often as a cartoon or movie that is spoofing this eye trick, but you will still likely blink more times than normal.

Pupil Dilation

Our pupils dilate in order to allow more light into our eyes. This is especially important when it’s dark and we have more difficulty seeing things around us. But there’s another reason our eyes may dilate, and it has nothing to do with light—more like love. When a person is attracted or particularly interested in someone s/he is speaking to, their pupils will often dilate at least slightly. It’s almost as if the eyes are trying to draw in even more of the person than normal.

Ah, isn’t biology sweet?