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What’s The Purpose of Eyelashes?

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why we have those tiny, stiff hairs growing on the edges of our eyes, you’re not alone. While it’s simply just an accepted trait we’ve all got, not many people actually know the purpose of eyelashes.  After all, what do they do? Why do humans even have eyelashes? These little fuzzies have become a huge beauty feature—if you’ve ever seen a Kardashian, you know what we’re talking about. Long, thick lashes practically bursting off the eyelid are a mega hit—making the fake eyelashes business quite a big one these days. But if you’ve assumed they’re simply for looks, we’re sorry to say you’re very wrong! Eyelashes actually serve a really important purpose for all people: to protect our precious eyeballs.

Seal Out Debris

So if the purpose of human’s eyelashes is to shield those peepers, what exactly are they protecting against? Things we can’t even see, such as dirt, pollen, and other airborne debris. These nearly microscopic particles can make their way into our eyes and wreak havoc. Some may be just a simple irritation, but anyone with allergies knows the woes of a pollen-filled windy day—eyes can become puffy, red, watery, and itchy, causing all-day discomfort and sometimes even pain. Other debris could potentially cause damage by scratching the eyeball or even lead to an infection. Yuck! When our eyes close, our eyelashes carry out their noble purpose by creating a seal on the top and bottom of our lids, protecting against these types of things.

Balance Moisture

Why else do people have eyelashes? They also play the important role of keeping unwanted moisture out of our eyes. If you suffer from dry eyes, this may make you groan, but hear us out—it’s not the type of moisture we need to nourish and refresh our eyes. Unwanted moisture includes sweat and rain. How do our eyelashes help stop this water from running into our eyes? They do so with their perfectly curved shape and position, which helps the moisture to run off and away from our eyeballs.

Give A Little Shade

Another purpose your eyelashes fulfill is helping to protect our eyes is by helping to filter out sunlight or other bright light that may be irritating. Sure, they’re not quite as useful as retreating into shade or throwing on a pair of sunglasses or a hat, but they help.

Signal Potential Harm

In case you aren’t yet totally convinced of how awesome eyelashes are to humans and why we have them, consider this: scientists have compared them to whiskers on a cat. Everyone knows how important a cat’s whiskers are! These thick, hair-like follicles are touch receptors. They help a cat understand more about its environment, ultimately help to protect the feline. Likewise, humans’ eyelashes are sensitive to touch. This is incredibly helpful in protecting our eyes as they act as a first defense against insects or other items that might get into our eyes and muck up, say, those lovely Air Optix Color lenses you just got. When they are touched, they cause our eye to close out of reflex, preventing anything from entering them. Pretty neat, huh? An example of this is a bug flying close to your eyes. If it gets too close and actually touched your eyelashes, that will instantly signal your brain to close your eyes, hopefully in time to stop the little annoying critter from getting any closer!

Prevent Dryness

A recent study done earlier this year focused on the importance of eyelashes’ purpose to help stop airflow. We all know how important it is that our eyes stay wet and moisturized—this is a sign of healthy, happy eyes. Airflow, or wind, on the other hand, is a trigger to drying out our eyes, while also causing double-trouble by helping debris get into our eyes, as discussed earlier. But even if the wind were totally dust-free, it would still cause the problem of drying out our eyes. This study showed how eyelashes help minimize the amount of air that flows over the surface of our eyeballs. Remember, less air means more hydrated eyes.

So, now you know why people have eyelashes and what the purpose of those little wisps are. Turns out they’re basically ninjas just hanging out on our eyelids, ready to pounce on any debris that gets too close!

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Can You Use Eye Drops with Contact Lenses?

Pesky irritations, like allergies or dry eyes, can make the need for eye drops with your contact lenses a very real thing! Being able to squeeze a few liquid droplets into your peepers to soothe and calm them is sometimes just what the doctor ordered (except not really because we’re talking about general over-the-counter, or OTC, options here!). But for those of us with contacts, can we actually use eye drops with our lenses? If you’ve found yourself with irritated eyes wondering the same thing, we’re here to help! To be up front, the answer is a mixed bag. Keep reading to learn the difference between eye drops you can use with your contacts in place, and those you need to take them out for first.

Dry Eye Drops

Generally speaking, there are three different types of eye drops you’ll find at your local pharmacy: dry, red eye, and contact lens drops, Let’s start with dry drops. These nifty formulations are designed to ease the nuisance that is dry eyes. This can happen from a lot of different things—wind, computer strain, or even just being tired. Whatever the case, your eyes may become itchy, have a burning sensation, and more or less, feel like they’ve been out in the Sahara with no relief. Dry eye drops work by lubricating the eye, adding some much-needed moisture back onto the surface to instantly soothe and refresh. They’re typically a short-term solution, but great when you’re in a pinch. That said, most OTC dry eye drops aren’t designed to work with contact lenses. They can cause your contacts to gum up, which will cloud your vision. The best thing to do when you need to use these eye drops is to remove your lenses first, unless they state specifically for use with contacts. If you find that you’re constantly battling dry eyes with your contacts, remember that there are many different lenses designed specifically to help fight dryness, like Acuvue Oasys or Air Optix Aqua.

Red Eye Drops

Red eye drops (not an official name…) are designed to…TA-DA, get the red out! They’re a great fix for bloodshot eyes, which are caused by enlarged blood vessels in the eyeball. They’re typically due to being tired, allergies, an eye infection, or any other irritant that may be in your eye (if this is the case, wash the object out!). This variety works by helping to shrink your blood vessels back down, therein reducing the redness. Now, for the question you’ve been waiting for: can you use these eye drops with contact lenses? Unfortunately, just like with dry eye drops, most of these aren’t intended for use with your lenses. In fact, they may even ruin them by forming deposits on the surface of the material. If you need to use drops to reduce redness, you’ll have to again first remove your contacts before applying.

Contact Lens Drops

Last up: contact lens drops! We know you’re smart enough to figure this one out on your own but we’ll say it anyway—they’re made to be used with lenses (finally!), so you don’t need to worry about removal before using these products. They’ll say it right on the package and are usually stored alongside contact lens products in your pharmacy. They’re also sometimes referred to as re-wetting drops. That’s because they’re designed to lubricate your eye, which not only feels great, but will make your peepers looked refreshed and plump again. This variety can help make your lenses much more comfortable throughout the day while also helping to clean out teeny bits of dust and debris that may get stuck in your eye (happens to the best of us!).
Overall, when looking for eye drops that you can use with your lenses, always make sure the product specifies for use with contacts. It may not seem like a big deal, but remember they can actually ruin your main means of vision correction, which could put you in an even worse predicament than dry or red eyes. And if you find your constantly battling eye irritation with your contacts, consider checking out a pair of lenses designed for sensitive or dry eyes—you might find those more comfortable.

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Better With or Without Glasses: Lady Gaga
No one takes risks quite like Lady Gaga does! While every single outfit has been extensively critiqued by fashion blogs and magazines around the world, we’re going to focus on what we do best: eyewear. What suits Lady Gaga better: glasses or no glasses? Keep reading as we discuss her boldest frame choices.

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Do any of your favorite celebs wear contacts? We're celebrating #throwbackthrusday  with a roundup of celebrities who used to rock spectacles! #tbt  
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Thanks to all those who applied for the 2015-16 Replace My Contacts Academic Scholarship! We were thrilled to see so many participants this year.

Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the final Top 10 scholarship contestants competing for the $1000 scholarship:

Maya Love Pun - Barry University
Jonathan Fitzgibbons - Art Institute of Phoenix
Kyra Gibson - Downingtown West High School
LaQuisha Jones - Georgia Perimeter College
Jessica Miller - Bennett High School
Kenya A. Contreras - Red Springs High School
Erin Tillman - University of North Carolina
Kirsten Orr - University of Oregon
Jyna Maeng - University of Maryland
Annabelle Recierdo - Temple University

Congratulations to all! Stay tuned for an official announcement detailing the voting process and where to read their essays. #scholarship   #money   #contacts  
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Hear ye, hear ye: another news announcement for our loyal customers, (also, can we take a minute to say how great you look today?). We’re sad to share that the following contact lenses will no longer be carried by us at Replace My Contacts:

Discontinued Contact Lenses

Acuvue Advance, effective 3/31/2015
Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism, effective 3/31/2015
Acuvue Advance Plus 6 & 24 pack, effective 3/31/2015
Focus Monthly Soft Colors, effective 3/15/2015

If you wear any of these styles, never fear—we’d never leave you high and dry or stuck reverting back to your old glasses! We have tons of great options by trusted brands to replace these now-extinct lenses that we know you’ll love just as much. Keep reading for some helpful suggestions for lenses that are great replacements for these four.

The Acuvue Advance, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism, and Acuvue Advance Plus were all great for the following needs:

- All-day comfort
- Nearsightedness or farsightedness, or an astigmatism
- High breathability, which allows loads more oxygen to reach your eye, keeping it happy and healthy
- Visibility tint, which allows you to see the contacts when outside of your eyeball, yet doesn’t affect your eye color
- Discontinued Contact Lenses Alternatives

Air Optix is one great replacement option. With their AQUA technology, they aim to provide all-day comfort with their silky, smooth feel. Like the Acuvue Advance options, they’ve been designed to keep your eyes hydrated and fresh from day to night, and make sure they are receiving as much oxygen as possible. They have versions for farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism, so whatever your needs, you’re covered!

A similar option is the Biofinity lenses. They’re designed for nearsightedness or farsightedness, (sorry to leave out our friends with astigmatisms). They contain an exclusive Aquaform technology that maximizes the amount of oxygen passing through to your eye, which we all know will help keep them happy all day long. During your day, the last thing you should have to worry about is your contacts irritating your eyes. With these, you can just slip them in and forget all about them.

Focus Monthly Soft Colors were a fun choice for colored contacts—a great way to change up your look without any real commitment! Luckily, we have loads of other color contacts available. One such lens is the Air Optix Color lenses. They’re available in subtle and vibrant colors, and you have a whopping nine to choose from—way more than Focus’ original three. Freshlook Colors are another option that will give you comfort and beauty with their dazzling color options.

We never like giving news like this, as we are always striving to keep you all as happy and care-free as possible. Our goal is to make sure that when it comes to your vision and contact needs, we’re a one-stop-shop for convenience, style, quality, and affordability. We hope these suggestions for replacements will meet all your needs; however, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re standing by online and by the phone to answer any little question you may have. Our customer service reps will be more than happy to make sure you get all set up for any of your contact needs. Also, don’t forget about our handy reordering process, which will keep you regularly stocked on your lenses with helpful reminders when your supply starts running low.

And while we’re on the subject, remember that at ReplaceMyContacts.com we are fully committed to giving you the best deals possible on all the great brands you love. We still offer a great 30-day return policy to make exchanges and returns as simple as can be for you. Also, be sure to take advantage of our free shipping offers for qualifying orders. Just spend $99 or more on any order and the shipping is on us!
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Get the eye color you’ve always wanted with the FreshLook ColorBlends contact lenses.
Composed with a unique 3-in-1 technology, FreshLook ColorBlends contacts offer a natural-looking color change for even the darkest eyes. With nine beautiful shades to choose from – Amethyst, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Honey, Pure Hazel, True Sapphire, and Turquoise – you'll find just the color you want. 

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Most of us consider 20/20 vision pretty gosh darn perfect, but have you ever wondered what it actually means? The answer might surprise you! #health   #funfact   #themoreyouknow  
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