What to do when pink eye strikes

treating-pink-eyeIf you, your spouse, or one of your children comes down with a case of pink eye (more formally, conjunctivitis), you need to act quickly and effectively to treat it and keep it from spreading to the rest of the family. First, you’ll need to know how to spot it early before it spreads to anyone else.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis

If you have pink eye, you’ll likely feel like you have something gritty or itchy in your eye. Blinking and rubbing your eye won’t help, and neither will eye drops or flushing your eye with water. This is one of the most common early warning signs of conjunctivitis, and it can create a very easy means to spread the infection to your other eye and to other people.

Surprising ways you’re hurting your vision without knowing it

hurting-your-visionYou’re probably familiar with the most common ways that you can hurt your eyes. Don’t stare at the sun (or go out without sunglasses), don’t smoke, don’t focus on one thing (especially a computer screen) for too long without taking a break. However, there are a lot more ways you could be hurting your vision and aging your eyes every day than you might think.

From rubbing at a spec of dirt trapped under your eyelid, to sleeping too little and not drinking enough water, you could be causing a lot of vision issues for yourself that could otherwise be easily prevented.

Supplementing your diet for vision health

diet-and-vision-healthYour parents always told you to eat your carrots because they were good for your eyes. Were your mom and dad right? Recent studies seem to point to a link between vitamin intake and eye health.

Eating vegetables that are high in vitamins A, C, and E, along with zinc and beta-carotene will not give you 20-20 vision, but these vitamins may very well stave off macular degeneration as you age. Also, though carrots have the reputation for keeping rabbits from wearing glasses, other foods may actually be better for your eyes.

Is your child old enough for contact lenses?

contacts-for-childrenIn years past, the average starting age for children wearing contact lenses instead of glasses was around 13. However, that number has dropped significantly in the last few years. Children as young as eight years old can wear contact lenses without any physical problems, which causes many parents to ask, “Is my child old enough?” and, “Should I be considering contacts for my child?”

Why switch to contacts?

Why are so many parents going to the eye doctor for contact lens prescriptions for their children? With soft lens technology, contacts are more comfortable than ever, making them easier on children’s eyes. If your child is active and participates in sports or dance, wearing glasses can really get in the way.

Eye makeup and your eye health

eye-makeup-and-eye-healthWe’re long past the days of using lead paint in eye makeup. In fact, the cosmetics industry spends billions of dollars each year on research and development to ensure that the products you use on your eyes and skin are safe and won’t cause an allergic reaction.

However, there may still be some cause for concern as far as your eye makeup and its potential effects on your vision. If you’re not careful, your eye makeup could cause or exacerbate one or more of the following conditions:

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