Many people wear contact lenses for the convenience that this vision aid provides. People like the fact that once the contacts are inserted into your eyes they are invisible enabling you to see clearly without cumbersome glasses. However, did you know that the long – term use of contact lenses can actually have an unexpected negative affect on your personal appearance? For example, according to a study conducted by Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the use of contact lenses can contribute to an increase in an eye problem called droopy eyelids also known as ptosis.
This scientific study assessed the level of droopy eyelids in 96 sets of identical twins who wore contact lenses on a yearly basis from 2008-2010. One twin wore contact lenses while the other did not. They were evaluated according to 9 different environmental factors for this eye problem, including a questionnaire and the use of photography to compare and contrast the level of droopy eyelids in each twin.
Findings of the study showed that contact lenses do cause droopy eyelids regardless of whether or not the type of contacts were soft or hard lenses. The results of the study revealed an average difference in droopy eyelids between the twins of 0.5 millimeters. The results in the twins who did not wear contact lenses showed only a minimal degree of droopy eyelids at 1.0 millimeters. The difference in terms of the degree of droopy eyelids in twins who wore soft contact lenses was 1.41 millimeters. The droopiness increased to 1.81 millimeters for twins who wore hard lenses.
Additional factors used to assess the difference in the degree of droopy eyelids included the following: smoking, sun exposure, alcohol consumption, work related stress and sleep. It should be noted that these environmental factors did not have a significant impact on the degree of droopy eyelids. Bahman Guyuron, a plastic surgeon in Cleveland Ohio, stated that the study was able to determine that it was the use of the contact lenses to the exclusion of factors associated with genes and aging, that was the main cause of droopy eyelids.
Guyuron discovered in this study that the droopy eyelids were not associated with loosened eyelid skin but the negative effects that the wearing of the contact lenses cause as a result of the weakening of upper eyelid muscles. Here is a quote from Guyuron about the negative effects of lenses on contact lens wearer’s eyes: “Even a minimal droopiness of the eyelids denotes lack of vigor, tiredness, and getting old- often prematurely on the contact lens users” says Guyuron. Read more about the study here at https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/study-shows-how-contact-lenses-can-affect-your-120772500612.html, 2015
So, it’s been established that contact lens use over a period of time can cause droopy eyelids. But did you know that a series of simple and easy to perform eye exercise techniques can actually correct the problem? Natural Health care practitioners recommend eye exercises involving the use of an eye patch that forces the use of the affected muscles thereby helping you tone and improve the muscles of the eyelids. These are natural techniques that do not involve the use of risky surgery.
It is recommended that you wear an eye patch over the affected eye. Then, perform a figure eight eye exercise. You perform this technique by moving your eyes in figure eight eye movements. Other eye exercises are eye rolls whereby you move your eyes in a clockwise direction. Do these techniques a few minutes every hour.
If you are concerned about anti-aging, eye exercises can not only improve eyesight naturally without glasses but, additionally, they can restore the visual system to its natural normal function once again. Also, they make the eyes healthier and some people who have performed the techniques regularly find that their eyes are more vibrant and sparkle with vitality and health. This gives the presence of a more youthful appearance.
While droopy eyelids is a problem caused by contact use over time, ultimately, eye exercises are a safer alternative to risky surgical procedures that can help you to correct or reduce this eye problem while providing a more youthful appearance.