Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Hot & Healthy -

Passed out in your con­tacts again? That’s a dam­ag­ing habit, says Mitchell Cas­sel, OD, an op­tometrist at Stu­dio Op­tix in New York City. “The eye is de­pen­dent on oxy­gen to nour­ish the out­er­most layer, the cornea. When you sleep with lenses on, you de­prive your eyes of this much-needed oxy­gen, caus­ing swelling of the cornea cells and lead­ing to dry, blurry, red, and un­com­fort­able eyes.” Give them a break and wear glasses the day after. Not a con­tact lens user? De­hy­dra­tion can cause itchy eyes, and a lack of sleep can pro­duce ex­cess oils that com­pro­mise the tear film, lead­ing to dry­ness, burn­ing, and red­ness. Cas­sel rec­om­mends pre­scrip­tion or OTC an­ti­his­tamine drops (lens wear­ers should use a for­mula made for them) to re­duce the ir­ri­ta­tion quickly. ■

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