WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR EYEBROWS

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Human beings depend on their sight more than any of the other four senses. Because of this, it’s important to protect your eyes. Too much air, too much light, or coming in contact with touch or the tiniest of foreign objects disturbs the eyes and upsets your ability to see.

Your face has a small system of protections for your eyes: they are sheltered deep in sockets in the face, they are shielded by fast reacting eyelids, they are secure against dust and dirt by your eyelashes, and they are protected by eyebrows. Read more: What you need to know about your eyebrows

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WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE MORE APPRECIATION FOR YOUR EYELASHES

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Eyelashes aren’t a part of our bodies that we regularly think about — until one of them comes loose and falls into your eye. That’s when eyelashes transform from a blip off our radar to a full-blown nuisance as we attempt to get the fallen lash out of our eye.

Have you ever thought about the function of eyelashes though? Are they on our bodies for natural survival purposes, or are they for beauty and attraction? Cosmetic companies would have you believe eyelashes are for beauty, and while they can certainly be groomed for glamour, their primary purpose is to protect our eyes. Read more: Why you should have more appreciation for your eyelashes

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THE FACTS ABOUT EYE COLOR AND YOUR VISION

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The most common eye color in the world is brown. It makes up for more than half of the world’s population followed by blue and hazel eyes at a distant tie for second place with eight percent of the world’s population each. Other colors, like green and amber and silver, are more rare and account for a small percentage of people across the earth. With such a variety of color, it becomes an area of interest to learn if one color provides a visual advantage over the other. Read more: The facts about eye color and your vision

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COMPUTER GLASSES: GIMMICK OR CLEVER SOLUTION?

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As technology advances and many jobs are requiring the use of a computer or a device with a monitor, more Americans are experiencing a form of eye strain known as Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. This eye strain is caused by viewing a screen for extended periods of time. For many who work a full eight or nine hour day in front of a computer, this can become a big problem. Read more: Computer glasses: gimmick or clever solution?

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OPTOMETRIST
AND AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST?

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If you need to visit an eye doctor, you may want to understand the various options available before scheduling your appointment. Some people don’t realize there are different types of eye doctors to choose from, and sometimes, mistakenly schedule an appointment with the wrong type of eye doctor. However, there is a distinct difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist and the services each offers. Read more: What’s the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

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HOW DOES YOUR VISION IMPACT YOUR CAREER?

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Most individuals take their vision for granted until they find themselves in a situation in which they lose their vision. Declining vision can have a negative impact on every aspect of your life, which is why it’s important to take a proactive approach to maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. You may be surprised at how much your vision can impact your career, especially if you work in certain industries that are hard in your eyesight. Read more: How does your vision impact your career?

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WHAT FINANCING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRK AND LASIK?

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PRK and LASIK eye surgery can have a life-changing impact on those who suffer from vision impairment. This type of surgery makes it possible to eliminate the need of contact lenses and glasses. Choosing to have PRK or LASIK right now can end up saving you money in the long run, since you won’t need to pay for prescription glasses and contacts. Read more: What financing options are available for PRK and LASIK?

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4 COMMON REASONS PEOPLE AVOID THE EYE DOCTOR

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Have you been putting off a trip to your ophthalmologist? If so, you could be putting your vision at serious risk. Most people avoid going to the eye doctor for fear they’ll have to wear thick, unattractive glasses, or they’ll be billed for procedures and treatments that their insurance plans won’t necessarily cover.

Regular visits to your eye doctor can help prevent major vision problems, as well as help you out in your day-to-day life. Here are some of the reasons you might be putting off going to the ophthalmologist, and why you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Read more: 4 common reasons people avoid the eye doctor

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FIRST-BORN CHILDREN MAY HAVE BETTER EYE HEALTH, SAYS STUDY

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Throughout the last several decades, researchers and health care providers have proposed that birth order has a major affect on various aspects of a child’s development, from personality type, to IQ, and now, to vision. A relatively new study conducted by researchers at the Illinois College of Optometry has revealed that first-born and single children are more likely to have better eye movement skills and vision health than their younger siblings. Read more: First-born children may have better eye health, says study

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HOW ALCOHOL AFFECTS YOUR VISION

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If you’ve ever had a little too much to drink, you’ve probably noticed that alcohol consumption can temporarily affect your vision. Your vision may become blurred, you might see double, or the room might look like it’s spinning, with trails following the lights as you turn. These are all common symptoms of drinking too much alcohol, and if you don’t do it too often, these symptoms will eventually pass and your vision will return to normal when you sober up. Read more: How alcohol affects your vision

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