As two of our most precious biological commodities, our eyes require constant upkeep to ensure long-lasting, optimal performance. While a nutritious diet and proper maintenance will certainly help warrant a strong condition, there are additional precautionary measures to also keep in mind. One in particular is allowing them to breathe! Making sure our eyes receive a consistent flow of oxygen is crucial to their overall health. As you can imagine, wearing contact lenses everyday makes the process of absorbing oxygen somewhat difficult. However, understanding why oxygen is important to eye health should motivate contact wearers to lift the blanket of lenses regularly and allow air to flow through.
Whether you wear contacts or glasses, there are an abundance of reasons why seeing with crisp, clear vision should have us jumping off the walls with excitement and outbursts of uncontrollable euphoria. After all, the simple fact that we can see anything is pretty awesome and we shouldn’t take it for granted. Below, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of reasons why clear vision is the bee’s knees. Look them over and tell us if you agree!
1. First and foremost, we can see. Everything. We can look out the door and see a damp city street, a bird on the shutter, a crack in the sidewalk, the grumpy bus driver’s scowl — appreciate the little things.
Imagine this; the year is 1888. As you walk around town you suddenly realize that you cannot read a single sign in the windows and have difficulty seeing farther than 40 feet away…you shudder when you think of the weight and discomfort glasses. However, luckily for you, there’s a new product available: contact lenses!
Indeed, the contact lens actually has quite a long and thoroughly developed history. In fact, the idea of the contact lens can be attributed to Leonardo da Vinci in his 1508 writing The Codex of the Eye, Manual D where he mentions altering corneal power by “wearing a water-filled glass hemisphere over the eye.” Another similar, but impractical idea was proposed by Rene Descartes in 1636 and in 1801 Thomas Young produced a prototype based on Descartes’ idea but it failed to fully correct vision and still required glasses. It wasn’t until 1845 that John Herschel presented an idea for contact lenses that would become the foundation of the modern contact lens, starting a chain of events that would revolutionize the way we see the world.
1887: F.E. Muller creates the first glass-blown contact lens that can be seen worn, seen through, and tolerated. However, there is no indication this lens provided any vision correction.
1888: A German ophthalmologist named Adolf Fick made and fitted true contact lenses out of heavy blown glass that were about 18mm thick. However, because these lenses were so large and uncomfortable they could only be worn for a few hours at a time. Also, the glass did not allow ANY oxygen to the eye.
1936: With the development of Plexiglass; William Feinbloom was able to create scleral contact lenses out of a combination or plastic and glass for a model that was lighter and exponentially more convenient than its predecessors.
1947-1949: Though the exact date is not nailed down, it is generally agreed that during this time period the first corneal contact lenses were developed. They sat on the cornea as opposed to the entire eye and were made entirely of plastic so they are infinitely more comfortable, enabling them to be utilized for up to 16 hours at a time. However, unlike many of today’s adaptations, oxygen was unable to permeate the eye.
1960’s-1970: This decade saw the advent of the rigid-gas permeable lens which maintained the rigidness of the full plastic lenses while allowing oxygen to reach the eye. These RGP lenses are still useful today in certain applications. (Development in comfort and usability continues today for RGP lenses).
1971: The first hydrogel material was approved by the FDA in the USA for use in contact lenses. Lenses made of “Soflens” were the first soft contacts in the USA —these lenses quickly exceeded RGP lenses in popularity due to their comfort and ease of use.
1972: The concept of disposable soft contact lenses was suggested for the first time.
1998: The soft contact lens was revolutionized with the development of silicone hydrogel. These newer lenses combined the performance of soft contact lenses with the incredible oxygen permeability of silicone.
2014: Almost all soft lenses available today are made of silicone hydrogel. Contact manufacturers continue to develop ways of adding molecules to the silicone hydrogel to improve comfort, like the internal wetting molecules featured by such prominent brands as Acuvue.
Not many people realize that contact lenses have as long a history of steady advancement as they do; and all this development certainly benefits the consumer. Recent developments have enabled those with astigmatism to wear contacts, as well as cosmetic possibilities that temporarily change the color of the iris. Browse our selection of contact lenses to celebrate the latest advances in sight enhancement today.
Blepharitis is an eye condition affecting the eyelids that is characterized by inflamed, swollen and irritated skin with dandruff-like crust on the eyelashes. The effects can include abnormal itching near the eyes, excessive tearing, dryness and redness. While the severity can be varied, harsher cases can lead to briefly blurred vision! Though such symptoms are frustrating and, perhaps, scary, it’s important to note though that it is extremely unlikely that there will be any lasting damage to eyesight. To learn how to avert and treat this commonplace condition, keep reading!
What causes Blepharitis?
Bacteria is the main culprit behind this condition, but it isn’t the only factor that can spur on Blepharitis. Allergic reactions to medications and makeup can lead to oil glands in the eyelids operating improperly, as can the buildup of dandruff. It isn’t uncommon for Blepharitis to be accompanied by other eye conditions that are also stimulated on by the excessive presence of germs, like sties and chalazion.
How can I prevent Blepharitis?
- The most critical step to preventing flare-ups is to keep the eyelids clear of bacteria. The primary approach is to wash the area at least once each day with a cleanser specifically designed for the face. Your doctor may have a recommendation based on your particular history or circumstance.
- Using dandruff shampoo on your scalp can help to avert flakes from forming and later falling into your eyes.
- ALWAYS wash makeup from your face at night. For additional tips on how to safely and cleanly use cosmetics, click here.
- Keeping your contact lenses sterile is also very important in regards to Blepharitis, as unclean lenses can allow bacteria to grow and be transferred to the eye. The easiest way to ensure fresh contacts is to use daily disposable contact lenses that require zero upkeep, like the Acuvue 1 Day. Alternatively, make sure you properly clean lenses and use the right contact solution as recommended by your doctor.
What do I do if I suspect I have Blepharitis?
If you suspect that you have Blepharitis, it is important to visit an optometrist. A medical professional can do a comprehensive eye exam to properly diagnose the symptoms. Ruling out the possibility of Pink Eye is essential, as this much more serious ailment is extremely contagious.
How can Blepharitis be treated?
Steady cleaning can usually diminish the symptoms of Blepharitis. In addition to the preventative steps listed above, nightly rest a wet, warm towel over the eyelids to loosen the crust on the lashes. Following this, gently wipe the surface with a diluted solution of baby shampoo. If symptoms persist, a medical professional may prescribe antibiotics.
While incidents may be one-time incidences, it often is a reoccurring condition. However, with proper hygiene, flare-ups can be minimized as to not interfere with your everyday life.
We all know you can tell a lot about someone by their eyes. Some celebs are even known for their piercing glares. Can you tell which A-listers we’ve profiled by just their peepers? Add up your points and let us know how you did in the comments!
1 Point per correct answer
1. This actor has been through it all in his films—lost love, motorcycle gangs, and most notably, the struggles of being a writer in an isolated, demonic hotel.
2. This acting legend acted in her first major motion picture in 1977 and would receive an Academy Award nomination the very next year. This star has worn many styles of frames across the years, but often her roles require that she peels the glasses off in favor of lenses. To buy your own contacts online, click here.
4. This actress was once considered for Saturday Night Live, but she opted out to act in another NBC show instead. You may be surprised to learn that she naturally has brown eyes, but has been using colored contacts for years. To achieve your own dream hue, look into Freshlook Colorblends.
3 PT. BONUS!
1. Jack Nicholson
2. Meryl Streep
3. Jennifer Lawrence
4. Jennifer Aniston
5. Don Cheadle
6. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
7. Kanye West
8. Katy Perry
Bonus: Elizabeth Taylor
A balanced diet is critical for overall health, but did you know that there are certain nutrients that can help strengthen your sight and optical health? The likelihood of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts can be limited by strategically incorporating certain foods into your meals. Sound simple enough? Keep reading!
You can be proactive about your eye’s health. There is evidence showing that risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (damage to the retina) can be reduced with an increase in consumption of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. According to some studies, the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may slow the progression of early onset AMD. It is also possible that eating increased amounts of vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of cataracts or AMD, though take note that this assertion has been debated by experts and researchers.
It is important to discuss any intent to dramatically increase consumption of vitamins and minerals with your general practitioner. These trained medical professionals can direct you to vitamins that may help, as well as look out for potential side-effects. For example, there is an increased risk of heart failure in at-risk persons aggressively upping their consumption of Vitamin E. Your doctors will be able to recommend particular doses to you to make sure that you stay fit and healthy.
Fortunately, consuming additional nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin does not have to be inconvenient or bothersome…in fact, it can be quite tasty! Many delicious foods contain these nutrients and increasing the amount of those foods you eat can help you be proactive in preserving your eyesight. Consider adding the following foods to your diet:
• Leafy greens. Kale, collard greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, turnip greens, peas, broccoli, green beans, etc.
• Citrus fruits and juices such as oranges, grapefruits, mandarins and more.
• Vegetables high in Vitamin C like Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, leafy greens, and carrots.
• Red meat, liver, shellfish, milk, beans. These foods contain high amounts of zinc, a helpful aid to the body when it comes to night vision.
• Eggs and other non-meat proteins like nuts and sunflower seeds.
• Fish. Fatty acids like Omega-3 are very good for overall health and can help improve retina function and vision development. If you do not like seafood options like salmon and tuna, you can take supplements can help as well.
• Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene—a nutrient that seriously strengthens night vision.
Consuming a balanced diet with some of these foods included in that diet can help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. The key word here is balanced…it is important not to consume one of these foods in excess—you may miss the benefits of other foods and depending on your personal situation; eating too much of one nutrient may have unexpected consequences. Be sure to discuss any dietary change with your doctor.
For additional insights into maintaining clear and healthy vision, visit the eye health section of our blog today!
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?