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Many people want full, dramatic eyelashes, so it is not surprising that a recent trend in the beauty industry is the application of eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions are usually done by aestheticians or technicians in a spa or a salon. These extensions are made from either synthetic fiber such as nylon, or natural fibers such as silk or mink, and the eyelash extension strands are secured to the base of a person’s own lashes with an adhesive. The extensions will fall out with the person’s natural lashes and therefore usually last between 1-2 months. While these lashes can be applied and worn safely, there are currently no regulations in Canada regarding who can apply eyelash extensions or the products that are used. Some of the complications during application can include injury from sharp tweezers coming into contact with the eye area, or an allergic reaction or chemical burn from the adhesive coming into contact with the eyelid skin or the surface of the eye. Most adhesives are based on cyanoacrylate compounds which can contain small amounts of toxic formaldehyde.
False lashes can also damage the oil glands along our eyelid margins which can reduce the volume of tears and lead to dry eye issues. The false eyelashes also add weight to the natural lashes, and can cause temporary or permanent madarosis (loss of lashes).
When choosing where to go to have your eyelashes applied, we recommend reviewing the technician’s certification and prior experience and ensuring they are performing the procedure in a sanitary and reputable environment with clean hands and instruments. It is also recommended to check the ingredients in the adhesive before use to limit your exposure to toxic ingredients.
Cleaning your eyelash extensions are extremely important to maintain the health of your natural lashes and eyelids. Use a gentle, oil-free lash cleanser along the lash line with a soft brush. Regularly brush your lashes to remove any debris collected in the lashes and to prevent tangling.
Remember that eyelash extensions require maintenance, and its crucial to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your technician. If you ever experience any discomfort or have concerns about your extensions, consult with an optometrist for guidance. Proper care can help you enjoy your beautiful lash extensions without risking damage to your natural lashes or eye health
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that play a crucial role in maintaining overall health, including eye health. There are different types of dry eyes, one of these types occurring when our tears evaporate too quickly by not having enough oil in our tears. Individuals suffering fro this type of dry eye can potentially benefit from omega-3 supplements. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and may help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes by reducing inflammation in the eye's tear-producing glands called our Meibomian Glands
Some research suggests that omega-3 supplementation can help with dry eye symptoms, including reducing the sensation of dryness, improving tear production, and decreasing inflammation. However, the results are not consistent across all studies, and the effectiveness of omega-3 supplements for dry eyes may vary from person to person.
If you are considering using omega-3 supplements for dry eyes, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Summer is here and we all know sunglasses are a major fashion statement when the sun is out, but do you know about their health benefits?
1) Protection from UV Rays: Sunglasses provide protection against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to various eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea). Good quality sunglasses with UV protection can block out both UVA and UVB rays, safeguarding your eyes from potential damage
2) Glare Reduction: Sunglasses reduce the amount of glare caused by bright sunlight reflecting off surfaces such as water, snow, or roads. Glare can be uncomfortable and can strain your eyes, leading to fatigue and headaches. By wearing sunglasses, you can improve visual comfort and maintain better visual acuity, especially in bright outdoor environments
3) Blue Light Filtering: Some sunglasses are designed to filter out a portion of high-energy blue light. Blue light is emitted by the sun as well as electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. Prolonged exposure to blue light can cause eye strain, disrupt sleep patterns, and potentially contribute to long-term retinal damage. Sunglasses with blue light filtering properties can help mitigate these effects
4) Eye Health and Comfort: Wearing sunglasses can promote overall eye health and comfort. They protect the delicate tissues around the eyes, including the eyelids and the skin around them, from sunburn and the development of wrinkles. Additionally, sunglasses can prevent dryness and irritation caused by wind and dust, creating a more comfortable outdoor experience.
When selecting sunglasses, it's important to choose ones that provide adequate UV protection. Look for sunglasses labeled as UV400, polarized, or ones that mention blocking 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Opting for sunglasses with larger frames or wraparound styles can provide better coverage and minimize peripheral light entering your eyes. Consider consulting an eye care professional for personalized advice on choosing the right sunglasses for your needs