Latisse for Eyelash Growth 0
What Causes Loss of Eyelashes?
Many changes occur in our bodies as we age. One of them is hair loss. Although hair loss happens more in men because of the decrease in testosterone, women also experience it; this usually occurs in women after menopause due to a decrease in estrogen. One area is the loss of eyelashes. This condition is referred to as madarosis. Another condition called hypotrichosis also involves loss of hair in places where hair should be.
While aging is one factor in hair loss, there is a long list of causes according to the Consumer Health Digest. The causes range from misuse of makeup or simple allergies to diseases such as psoriasis, sickle cell anemia, or HIV infection. Some medications can cause eyelashes to thin or stop growing, and chemotherapy treatment is a large culprit.
There are as many ways to combat eyelash loss as there are causes. If an allergy or some skin condition which causes eye irritation is the source of your eyelash loss, an antibiotic may be all that’s needed. If other treatments don’t work or are not appropriate for your condition, another treatment called Latisse may be used.
What Is Latisse?
Latisse is the brand name for bimatoprost. Bimatoprost is also manufactured under the brand name Lumigan, an eye drop used for the treatment of glaucoma. Eyelash growth was found to be one of the unexpected side effects, which led to the development of Latisse. Latisse is the first and only prescription medication for increasing eyelash growth and has been widely used since its approval by the FDA in 2008. WebMD says that 50% of people in a clinical study showed significant improvement within 2 months. The official study done by the manufacturer revealed that 78% of participants showed more than double the fullness in their eyelash growth. This is pretty great, and I can vouch for Latisse and say that it absolutely does work.
How to Use Latisse
Latisse is sold in 3ml and 5ml bottles with enough applicators to last a month. The average cost is about $125. It is used once a day and placed on the upper eyelid lash line only. The drug will spread to the lower eyelid through blinking. Results will be gradual, but complete fullness should appear after 16 weeks. Note that once treatment is stopped, lashes will return to their previous condition, so it requires continuous use; considering this, price may be a problem for many people. People can still wear false eyelashes, but their use will hinder natural eyelash growth, and when false eyelashes are removed, they tend to pull off some natural eyelashes. Contacts can also be worn, but should not be in the eyes when applying Latisse.
Generally, Latisse is safe to use, but some side effects have been reported – changes in eye color and the surrounding eye area and mild irritations of the eye are the most common. As with all prescriptions, be in contact with your doctor during treatment and especially if there are extreme side effects. Have you tried Latisse? Are you interested in it?
Dr. Jenna Zigler
Wrinkles can be Prevented! 0
Stop Worrying About Wrinkles and Start Preventing Them
You wake up one morning, hobble to the bathroom, and look in the mirror. You can barely believe your eyes...Is that another wrinkle? Unfortunately, wrinkles happen to the best of us, but there are a few things you may be doing that are contributing to those unsightly crow’s feet you now notice.
What causes wrinkles?
Your skin is made up of collagen, elastin, and various molecules, all of which work together to keep your skin firm, elastic, and hydrated. As you age, your skin becomes more fragile because it produces less collagen (an automatic effect of the aging process). This intrinsic part of aging is inevitable. However, there are so many things in our environment that contribute to deeper, more numerous wrinkles. It’s like a cruel nature vs. nurture...they work together to wreak havoc on your skin!
Here are a few ways you’re prematurely aging your skin:
You don’t wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses while outdoors.
You live in a polluted city.
You tug at your eyelids when applying eye makeup.
You aggressively remove that eye makeup.
How can wrinkles be prevented?
Wear sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 30...daily...even when it’s cloudy. This protects you from not only wrinkles, but skin cancer as well.
Stay out of the sun as much as possible, or wear a wide-brimmed hat if you have to be out.
STOP smoking! Research has shown that smoking releases compounds that break down collagen and elastin in skin, making you age quickly. Plus, smoking is a disgusting habit that could kill you.
Get adequate sleep, and sleep on your back. Prolonged side sleeping can contribute to wrinkles.
Don’t overwash, and avoid tugging at your eyelids to remove makeup. Using a oil-based makeup remover can help with this. Your eyelids are made of the thinnest skin on your body!
Keep your eyelids clean. The cleaner the eyelashes, the less time you’ll spend rubbing and itching your eyes (i.e. tugging at them). Try out the Heyedrate Eyelid and Eyelash Cleansing Spray after removing your eye makeup.
As you can see, you’re probably doing a few of the things you shouldn’t be when it comes to wrinkles. But prevention is easy! Make sure to apply the above tips to your daily life, and you’ll soon be noticing more radiant, hydrated, wrinkle-free skin.
Dr. Jenna Zigler
P.S. Want to learn more about the importance of eyelid and eyelash hygiene? Check out the following blogs: 6 Reasons Why Sleeping in your Makeup is Making You Look Older, Eye Love Releases Innovative Heyedrate Eyelid and Eyelash Cleansing Spray, and Dr. Jenna Zigler Explains How To Use Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser.
Keeping Eyes Healthy for a Lifetime of Optimal Vision 2
Keeping Eyes Healthy
As we age, changes occur in ocular health and vision due to environmental factors such as UV light, hereditary issues, and lifestyle factors such as smoking. Each of these can put a person more at risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and poor vision as they get older.
One of the biggest aging complaints we hear in our office is that eyestrain or headaches have become a problem. Especially for those between the ages of 40 and 45, there comes a time when the “arms aren’t long enough” to see up close anymore, and this struggle to see can cause eyestrain while reading and working on the computer. First of all, make sure to optimize your work environment; Remember the 20-20-20 Rule (taking breaks every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds), keeping your computer at the proper height just below eye level, and consider a pair of computer glasses that block blue light.
Computer progressive lenses (or no-line bifocals) are great for allowing office workers to see their computer while also reading paperwork on their desk. There are also homeopathic eye fatigue pellets which contain ingredients to relieve eyestrain and fatigue that comes from extensive focus on digital devices. Like I've said before, make sure to grab a pair of blue-blocking glasses as well, as this can greatly reduce eye fatigue.
Another major complaint noticed with age is floaters. Our eyes contain an egg white-like substance that keeps our eye in it’s shape (our vitreous) and this begins to break down over time. As it does, the vitreous forms strands that we end up seeing as floaters in our vision. For the most part, they are normal. However, they can be bothersome. Make sure to tell your doctor if you ever notice any large, dark, or red floaters, as they can be a sign of retinal issues! For those with normal floaters, there are homeopathic remedies to try which stimulate the body’s natural ability to alleviate floaters.
With age, the very sensitive central vision (found in your macula) can begin to deteriorate. It is so important to maintain a great antioxidant and healthy pigment level in the macula, because this ensures that we have crisp central vision, recover from glare easily, and do not suffer from blind spots. Ensure that you get an adequate level of antioxidants and carotenoids by eating a healthy diet of green leafy vegetables, brightly colored fruits, and omega-3 fatty acids. If diet alone is not enough, you can always try Eye Love’s Ocular Health Formula and Eye Love’s Dry Eye Omega-3, which both ensure that you get the recommended daily dose of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Have you noticed your eyes aging? What have you done to combat the effects? If you haven't already, head on over to Facebook and join our Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community and Macular Degeneration Support Community to keep up to date on the latest and greatest in eye care.
Dr. Jenna Zigler
Other Dry Eye articles by Dr. Zigler: 4 Tips to Stop Waking Up With Dry, Painful Eyes; Which Antidepressants Cause Dry Eye; Fish Oil for Fighting Dry Eye Inflammation; and What Not To Eat If You Have Dry Eye
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Why you should NOT use Visine and Cleareyes by Dr. Travis Zigler 0
Why you should NOT use Visine and Cleareyes by Dr. Travis Zigler
Hey there, Dr. Travis Zigler here from Eye Love. We’ve been getting a lot of activity on our blog in our website lately regarding Visine and Cleareyes and our articles about why you should not use something like Visine and Cleareyes has been getting a lot of attraction. So, I wanted to do a quick video on it. The reason that you don’t want to take Visine or Cleareyes, it has a substance in it called “tetrahydrozoline”. Hydrozoline, what that does is it's a vasoconstrictor. A vasoconstrictor just is a fancy word for making the blood vessel smaller, and so, the blood vessels of your eye when they are dilated or big, they’re going to look redder, or more red, and when they look more red there’s a reason for that problem. It could be allergies. It could be dry eyes. It could be any number of things, pink eye, viral infection, bacterial conjunctivitis, a bacterial infection. It can be any of those things. So, finding the problem, the root cause of that, is the key thing and Visine doesn’t even get close to finding the cause, it just makes the blood vessels shrink. What happens is, if you start getting reliant on Visine, your constantly putting the drug in to shrink your blood vessels. What that's going to do eventually is, it’s going to make you rely on that medication and so you’re going to start taking it once a day, and then you’re going to start taking it twice a day, and you’re going to start taking it 3x a day, four, etc. You’re going to start taking it more, more, and more. You’re going to make the problem worse by taking it more times a day. The reason this happens is something called rebound, the rebound effect. So when you take it your blood vessels get reliant on it and then it expands a lot bigger. Then you take it again, and then it expands a lot bigger again. It just constantly goes through this cycle, so finding the cause of the problem is the best treatment and that’s just seeing an eye care practitioner, going by symptoms, and having them take a look at your eyes. Most likely the common cause, the most common cause, is usually dry eye and that’s a pretty easy fix. We’ve done many articles and videos on that and you can read more on the blog as well. Let me know if you have any questions about that on why not to use Visine or Cleareyes or any of those and I’ll talk to you in the community.
Dr. Travis Zigler
Hey there, Dr. Travis Zigler here from Eye
um, We’ve been getting a lot of activity on
our blog in our website lately regarding Visine
and Cleareyes and our articles about why you
should not use something like Visine and Cleareyes
has been getting a lot of attraction.
So, I wanted to do a quick video on it.
Um, the reason that you don’t want to take Visine
or Cleareyes, it has a substance in it called
Hydrozoline, what that does is it's a vasoconstrictor.
A vasoconstrictor just is a fancy word for
making the blood vessels smaller, and so, the
blood vessels of your eye when they are dilated
or big, they’re going to look redder, or
more red, and when they look more red there’s
a reason for that problem.
It could be allergies.
It could be dry eyes.
It could be any number of things, pink eye,
viral infection, bacterial conjunctivitis,
a bacterial infection.
It can be any of those things.
So, finding the problem, the root cause of
that, is the key thing and Visine doesn’t
even get close to finding the cause, it just
makes the blood vessels shrink.
What happens is, if you start getting reliant
on Visine, your constantly putting the drug
in to shrink your blood vessels.
What that's going to do eventually is, it’s
going to make you rely on that medication
and so you’re going to start taking it once
a day, and then you’re going to start taking
it twice a day, and you’re going to start
taking it 3x a day, four, etc.
You’re going to start taking it more, more,
You’re going to make the problem worse by
taking it more times a day.
The reason this happens is something called
rebound, the rebound effect.
So when you take it your blood vessels get
reliant on it and then it expands a lot bigger.
Then you take it again, and then it expands
a lot bigger again.
It just constantly goes through this cycle,
so finding the cause of the problem is the
best treatment and that’s just seeing an
eye care practitioner, going by symptoms,
and having them take a look at your eyes.
Most likely the common cause, the most common
cause, is usually dry eye and that’s a pretty
We’ve done many articles and videos on that
and you can read more on the blog as well.
Let me know if you have any questions about
that on why not to use Visine or Cleareyes
or any of those and I’ll talk to you in
- Dr. Travis Zigler
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