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When It’s More Than Just A Little Eyestrain

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When It’s More Than Just A Little Eyestrain

If you’re experiencing stinging eyes, you’re feeling sensitive to light, or your eyes are otherwise irritated, it’s easy to assume that it’s eyestrain. Too much exposure to blue light from a computer screen or due to focusing too hard visually is a common enough experience. However, if it’s happening regularly, you might need to look a little closer at the potential sources. Read on to find out more:

Get your eyes tested:

It could, indeed, be that you’re working your eyes a little too hard. But, if this is happening even when you’re not using screens, but doing simple day to day tasks, it could be that your eyes are having trouble focusing because you need glasses. If you get migraines, this is even more of a hint that you need to get your eyes tested by your local optician. You might be surprised by how much the right pair of glasses can relieve the stress you’re putting on your eyes.

There’s a fluid buildup:

If you’ve started to experience pain that has gotten worse over time and is accompanied by things like headaches and worsening vision, you could be dealing with glaucoma. There are both acute and chronic illness versions of glaucoma, but both of them can lead to the loss of vision entirely if they’re not treated, as they result in fluid pushing on the optic nerve. Thankfully, they can be treated by a range of things that can lower eye pressure, including oral medications, eye drops, or even a procedure in the hospital if it has progressed far enough.

You’re experiencing inflammation:

The symptoms of eyestrain and inflammation can be difficult to tell apart, at first. Both show redness in the eyes, as well as eye pain, and some sensitivity to the light. However, if you’re experiencing swelling of the eyelids and the pain is more severe when you move your eye, or if they bring on migraines, it might be an inflammatory condition like uveitis. Chronic uveitis treatments are highly accessible and worth getting. Some people are prone to experience long-term bouts of inflammation, meaning that without managing it properly, you might be experiencing that pain time and time again.

Even if it is eyestrain, you shouldn’t let it go unchecked:

There are no real long-term complications of eyestrain but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth taking a stand against, especially if it gets in the way of your productivity. For instance, keeping eye drops on hand could help you rehydrate and rest your eyes quickly. There are also a host of tools that can help you protect your eyes from blue light like blue light blocking glasses, for example. You can also make sure that your screen area has better lighting around it so that your eyes don’t strain to focus on the blue light alone.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of eyestrain but far too regularly, then you need to talk to a doctor or optician about it. They can help you get to the root of your eye issues and improve your quality of life with the right treatment.

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Beaute Basics Eyeshadow Swatch In Satin Taupe

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Beaute Basics Eyeshadow Swatch In Satin Taupe

Hello! Today, we are going to be taking a look at an eyeshadow by Beaute Basics thanks to a hand me down haul from my sister, Kristen. The shade that I’m swatching is called Satin Taupe and I can definitely picture myself wearing it! So, take a look at some pics and let’s discuss:

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^^^ The top heart is the eyeshadow applied while wet and the second one is applied while dry.

As you all know, nothing pleases Lil Red more than a metallic hue from the bronze or brown family. I just think it looks so flattering with my eyes and skin tone and I never venture too far from those shades when it comes to my makeup. My sister knows this better than anyone because she constantly makes fun of me for it, lol. But, she is also my biggest supporter because when I get hand me downs from her, nine times out of ten there is some type of shimmery gold or brown eyeshadow waiting for me.

Beaute Basics was right in calling this shade Satin Taupe because it seriously applied smooth as satin. The eyeshadow felt so soft but it was still nice and compact. This was a huge bonus because I find that the softer shadows usually apply pretty flaky and you end up with more makeup around your eyes than on the lid itself.

What I liked the most about this eyeshadow is the fact that the color on my skin was true to what I saw in the compact, unlike the Elizabeth Mott shade that I swatched yesterday. My only recommendation would be applying it wet because the eyeshadow is more of a shimmer when dry as opposed to an actual, bold color. I can’t wait to add this Beaute Basics hue into my makeup arsenal!

Do you like to experiment with makeup? Or, like me, do you have a handful of shades that you stick with? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

The Eyesight Plight: Are You Damaging Your Vision?

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The Eyesight Plight: Are You Damaging Your Vision?

Eyesight is pretty useful, right? So it’s a shame that so many of us are doing things that actually damage our eyesight on a daily basis. Here’s a quick guide to the most common ways that people harm their vision in the long term:

Not taking breaks from the screen: People will no doubt have told you at some point that sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes. It was probably a parent. There’s no hard evidence that this is the case, but there is certainly a correlation between the time you spend focusing on a screen and the eventual degradation of the eyes.

It’s not so much to do with your proximity to the screen as it is how long you’re spending looking at the screen without breaks. When you look at a screen, you’re giving your eyes quite a workout. Not only that, but people tend to blink much less frequently when they look at screens. So make sure that you take a break for a few minutes every fifteen to twenty minutes.

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Break time!

Inadequate protection from the sun: It’s getting sunny out, now that winter is behind us. But it’s okay, because you just picked up a $5 pair of sunglasses from a nearby corner store, meaning that you don’t have to squint as much to get a good look at your surroundings. Unfortunately, a good pair of sunglasses is a little more complex than simply putting a black, shady overlay over your vision.

The sun’s rays need to actually be deflected or softened properly before reaching your eyes, which isn’t something cheap sunglasses usually do. Not only this, but your eyes may require sunglasses with particular specifications, same as with regular glasses. Picking the right sunglasses isn’t as simple as you might think, but it’s definitely necessary if you want to protect your eyesight in the long run.

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Get sunglasses stat!

Sleep deprivation: When people think about sleep deprivation, they usually think about… well, torture. They think about people forcing others to stay awake so that they feel dizzy, ill, and in severe danger. They don’t tend to imagine sleep deprivation as something they may actually be doing to themselves!

The fact is that most of us don’t get as much sleep as we really need. Among a plethora of other problems this exacerbates – stress, depression, skin problems, a degraded immune system – it also affects your eyes in big ways. Your eyes need to relax, and sleep is what gives eyes that needed relaxation. A big part of the headache people often get when they don’t have enough sleep is due to eye strain.

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This kid needs to catch some Zs!

Contact errors: More people than ever are using contact lenses. They’re amazing things, but a lot of people use them in ways that end up damaging their eyes in the long run. Thankfully, most of us know not to wear them when we go to sleep, but there are plenty of people out there who either ignore this advice or simply forget! Make sure you take them out before bed.

Not only that, but you need to take them out before submerging yourself in water. Pools, baths, showers, hot tubs – if your contacts make, well, contact with that water, it will pick up and retain a bunch of bacteria. #YUCK

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