If the eyes are the window to the soul, well, were in trouble.
Things happenlack of sleep, allergies, pink eye(!)that make us look less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Fortunately, most eye problems are easy to remedy. Its just important to know the diagnosis. Read on to see whats really going on with your eyesand how to fix it.
Red Eyes From Lack of Sleep, Smoke and Allergens
This remedy for this is an obvious one: Eye drops.
However, not all eye drops are created equal.
Visine is clearly (no pun intended) the most well-known brand, but their eye drops arent our personal favorite.
Unless you get the preservative-free kind, Visine often only relieves symptoms temporarily. In other words, you may have white and bright eyes the first few hours of your day, only to have cloudy, itchy eyes later on.
Were fans of Systane Lubricant Eye Drops and GenTeal Lubricant Eye Gel. Both are preservative-free and the results seem to last far longer.Theyre significantly pricier than the pervasive Visine, but worth it in the long run.
Eye gels tend to last longer in terms of effectiveness. They cause temporary (read 30 seconds) blurred vision until they dissolve, but remain on the eye surface longer than drops.
Also, its important not to over-use eye drops, as eyes may get used to them and begin to depend on them. Three to 4 times per day (as needed) is the max.
If over-the-counter drops still dont relieve red, dry eyes, ask your doctor for a prescription for Patanol eye drops (trust us, they work).
If you know that allergies are the main culprit behind your red eye, try using a humidifier at night and turn down the heat. It moistens the air, making eyes less dry and red in the morning.
Red Eyes With Discharge
Dont try to treat this one yourself, because chances are if theres discharge, you have conjunctivitis, or pink eye.
There are 2 different forms of conjunctivitis: bacterial and viral.
There is no treatment for most cases of viral conjunctivitis. Instead, the virus needs time to run its course up to two or three weeks. Viral conjunctivitis often begins in one eye and then infects the other eye within a few days. Your signs and symptoms should gradually clear on their own.
It is extremely important to avoid touching your eyes because of how contagious the infection is. If you simply cant squelch the urge, wash hands immediately afterwards with antibacterial soap.
For bacterial pink eye, antibiotic eye drops are in order. After following doctors orders, the infection should go away within a few days.
Its important to visit your doctor to see which kind you have.
Broken Blood Vessel in Eye
A broken blood vessel in the eye, or subconjunctival hemorrhage, may look unattractive, but its really nothing to worry about.
It occurs when a tiny blood vessel breaks just underneath the clear surface of your eye. You may not realize you have a broken blood vessel until you look in the mirror and find part of your eye has what looks like a red splotch in it.
It often occurs without any obvious harm to your eye, or it may be the result of a strong sneeze or cough that caused a broken blood vessel.
Despite its appearance, its usually a harmless condition that disappears within 10 to 14 days. You don't need any specific treatment for this.
However, if the redness lasts longer than 2 weeks, see your doctor; it could be something more serious.
Eating For Brighter Eyes
Healthy eyes rely on a widerange of food and minerals. These foods have the necessary vitamins to aid with eye health:
-Vitamin A. It may protect membranes in the eye against oxidative damage and is known to have a role in the repair of cells that have been injured. Foods with Vitamin A are liver, dairy products and eggs.
-Vitamin C. It is found in high concentrations in the tissues of the eye. Deficiencies can result in numerous eye problems.
Foods high in Vitamin C are blackcurrants, strawberries, capsicum and citrus fruits.
-Zinc. It is found in a number of tissues within the eye, where it is thought to play a protective role against age-related wear and tear.
Eggs, seafood, meats, nuts and legumes all are high in zinc.
Makeup Tips for Brighter Looking Eyes
Certain eyeliner or eyeshadow colors are perfect for brightening up tired or cloudy-looking eyes. Charcoal grays and blues are among them. Try lining the outer corners of the eyes with one of these shades, and dab a bit of highlighter or light, shimmery shadow on the inner corners.
Lashes also contribute to brighter looking eyes. Black mascara is great, but for that extra oomph factor try donning a pair of false lashes. They add instant volume and are a great finishing touch.
Lastly, always be sure to have well-groomed eyebrows. A slight arch opens up the face nicely, while filling in brows with a pencil completes the look.