Monday, April 22, 2013

Eye Infections

Your eyes are the most sensitive area on your face. Therefore, one needs to be cautious of what comes in contact with their eyes. Not being cautious may lead to an infection.
What can lead to eye infections?
Contaminated water, contacts, eye cosmetic, etc

When individuals apply makeup, it is to enhance their appearance. But, did you know one can contract an eye infection with improper usage ? If a bacteria comes in contact with the eye membrane, cornea, glands or if staphylococcus bacteria contaminates a product; infections such as: conjunctivitis, keratitis, style or blephartits can occur. Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, causes the enlargement of small red blood vessels. Keratitis, also known as corneal infection, commonly occurs when contacts lenses are contaiminated by makeup bacteria. The meibomian glands can trap bacteria oils from cosmetic products, causing an infection called stye. Lastly, an eyelid infection called Blepharitis causes light sensitivity, blurred vision, eye discharge, pain and redness of the eye.
Ways to minimizes the result of an infection are: do not share products, clean applicators, throw out expired products and beware of certain ingredients that have high heavy metal contents.
Contaminated water from swimming pool, ocean, lake, etc., can also lead to a conjunctivitis infection, such as a adenovirus or Herpes simplex virus. Adenovirus strain causes the inflammation of conjunctiva in both eyes. Herpes simplex virus causes the inflammation of conjunctiva in one eye.
Now, all of these infections: conjunctivitis, keratitis, style, and blephartis are preventable by following certain steps. But, if left untreated infection may lead to life changing outcomes, such as becoming blind!

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