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5 Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Your Contacts

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 | Permalink

Contact lenses are worn for various reasons: fashion purposes, eye treatments or just for fun look such as Halloween costumes. Whatever your purpose is for wearing them, it’s important to take good care of them to keep your eyes safe. Here are some common mistakes people make with their contact lenses.


1.       Swimming or Showering With Them

Ophthalmologists always advise to keep your contact lenses away from the water, including pool water, to avoid potentially blinding infection caused by the microorganism Acanthamoeba. Parasites and bacteria in the water can get caught under your lenses, too, which can cause painful infection that will likely require long and complex treatment.

2.       Using Tap Water to Wash Them

Even more dangerous than swimming with contacts on is cleaning your lenses using tap water. Even if the water is pure enough to drink, it is not sterile. Tap water may also contain Acanthamoeba, so soaking your lenses in water straight from the faucet is an invitation to serious infection. Contact lenses come with their own solution, so make use of it whenever you need to clean and store them.


3.       Using the Lens Case for Too Long

Your lens case should be cleaned thoroughly with lens solution every day, and must be replaced with new one every month. And don’t cut corners by popping your lens case in the dishwasher together with your used dishes. There are food particles and dish soap residues in there that may end up on your case and make their way to your lens. Simply clean the lens case with solution and let it try overnight.

4.       Wearing the Lens Past Their Expiry Date

Most contact lens users are guilty of keeping their contacts longer than recommended span of time. This is similarly hazardous to an old lens case. Old contacts tend to collect germs, proteins and solution residues over time. This makes the lenses feel itchy and uncomfortable to the eyes, which may lead to infection.

5.       Sleeping With Contacts On

Although some contact lens manufacturers claim that it’s okay to sleep in their lenses, ophthalmologists never recommend this. The cornea, the outermost layer of your eye that the lens covers, needs oxygen. Wearing lenses deprives the eye of oxygen, and sleeping in them worsens the problem. Overnight wear can cause discomfort and irritation, or worse infection.

Before purchasing your next pair of contact lenses, make sure to keep these common mistakes in mind and follow professional advises for optimum eye health.


How to Prevent Smelly Underarms

Monday, May 12th, 2014 | Permalink

If you have an active lifestyle or the weather is hot, you tend to sweat a lot. It is acceptable if you only keep your hands down but what if you accidentally raised it? The sweat and the odour are discouraging to the eyes and nose. Imagine how the people around you would react. Underarm odour can be embarrassing. It is serious because it can sometimes lead to problems in professional and social relationships.


However, you can do something about it. You can fight underarm odour. Before anything else, you have to understand that the sweat per se is not stinky. The bacteria that feed on it cause the odour. Knowing this, what is your first line of defence? You have to get rid of those bacteria. So, here’s how:


  • Deodorant vs. Antiperspirants: Deodorant and antiperspirants are different. Deodorants fight the bacteria while antiperspirants impede the production of sweat. Whichever you choose, you are not allergic. Read the directions and the formulations to be safe.
  • Baking soda: Baking soda is a natural cleanser. Apart from that, it is famous for being a deodorizer. There are many known uses of baking soda but you have to know that it can help you with your armpit odour problems.
  • Choose clothing: You have to carefully choose your clothing if you want your underarm to keep cool. You have to choose natural fabrics like wool and cotton because of their air circulating capabilities.
  • Showers and baths: The basic thing that you can do is shower or bath every day. This is your effective way to get rid of bacteria.

Fighting underarm odour is not an exact science. There are many methods that you can carry out and whatever works for you, you have to stick to it. If you have friends suffering from this, you have to tell them right away so they can correct it. Underarm odour is a big factor and it should be ignored or disregarded.