August is National Eye Exam Month, the perfect time to schedule annual eye exams for both yourself and everyone else in your family.:

    National Eye Exam Month, a month dedicated to the importance of eye health and safety, was founded by Sears Optical Eye Exam Month in 1989. Today most ophthalmologists use this as a time to sponsor Eye Care America, a campaign for seniors ages 65 and up that can qualify for a free eye exam. . 

    Why even have an eye exam in the first place?


    1.  To detect eye conditions… An optometrist can spot early onset signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, cataracts, hypertension, and high cholesterol just by conducting an eye exam.

    During your exam, your eye doctor will look for eye muscle imbalance, vision disorders, and eye disease that could potentially cause future problems.

    Having your eyes examined on a regular basis can help detect these problems before they escalate and affect not only your vision, but also your overall health.

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you have a baseline eye exam at age 40, the time when the early signs of disease or changes in your vision may occur. 

    This baseline screening can help identify signs of eye disease at an early stage, when treatment can have the greatest impact on preserving your vision.


      2. To determine if you need a stronger prescription, or if you need eyeglasses or contact lenses….Your eyes obviously change over time, especially after the age of 40. Having a current prescription reduces eyestrain and helps you see better. 


      3.   To improve your children’s school performance…Eye exams are an important part of healthcare for everyone, but especially for children. 
      According to the Vision Council of America, one out of every four children in the U.S. has an undiagnosed vision problem.

       It is also estimated that 48% of parents with children under the age of 12 have never taken their children to see an eye care professional. 

      Vision problems and poor vision are two of the most common reasons why children fall behind in school each year.

      Eye exams ensure normal vision development and can detect any vision problems that could contribute to possible learning and reading difficulties. 

      Early identification of such problems is crucial because children are more likely to respond to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.


      4.  To keep from having headaches... If you have been having unexplained, constant headaches, the problem could lie with your vision. An eye care professional may be able to pinpoint the cause behind your headaches and help give you the relief you deserve.

      5.   To prevent eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or cataractsMany serious conditions like these often have no symptoms, but an optometrist can detect early signs of such diseases, helping to prevent serious damage.

          

        Makeup Tips for Women Who Wear Glasses

        Eyewear makes your eyes the immediate focal point of your face, so it’s imperative to apply your makeup in a way that’s flattering to both your frames and your face.

        Less is definitely more. Applying makeup to wear with glasses is not a matter of piling on more and more makeup. Instead it’s about using the right makeup and techniques…things like keeping your eye makeup simple, using a light hand, blending everything carefully, and keeping your makeup tidy, well-defined and as close to “perfect” as possible.

        Yet putting on eye makeup can not be thought of as merely a waste of time because any makeup that you apply will simply be hidden behind your glasses.

        1.  Primer…Use a primer, such as NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. This will create a canvas to prevent eyeshadow from flaking off throughout the day. 

        2. Concealor… If you wear glasses, your under-eye area is one of the first things people see on your face. Be sure to apply an under-eye concealer like MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer.

        3.  Eyeshadow…A full-out smoky eye would look slightly overwhelming. Stick to neutral shades. Get your color from liner, not eyeshadow.

        4.  Eyeliner…Eyeliner is also essential. The thickness of the liner should correspond with the thickness of your glasses. If your frames are thick, apply a thick line of liner to the upper lash line…If your frames are thin, apply a softer line.

        Wear colorful liners-greens, blues, or purples-such as these Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in a shade that is darker than your natural eye color.

        5.  Mascara
        …Finish with two coats of waterproof mascara.

        6.  Highlighter…
        Apply a highlighter like Benefit High Beam to the inner corners of your eyes.

        7.  Brows….Eyeglass frames draw attention to the brows, so keep your arches well groomed. Pluck or trim and scraggly hairs. Fill in any sparse spots with a brow pencil or powder shadow.

        8.  Lips…Go bold with your lips. 

        9.  Face…Keep blush and bronzer minimal.  

            

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