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How To Get An Eyelash Out Of Your Eye (Safely!)

How To Get An Eyelash Out Of Your Eye (Safely!)

Itchy, scratchy, extremely irritating: trapped eyelashes

Do you ever get a horrible scratchy sensation in your eye and realise that once again, you have an eyelash trapped in there? Annoying, isn’t it? It can be enough to distract you from your work or studies, and you may start to annoy other people if you constantly rub or poke at your eyes during a conversation. However, there are plenty of solutions to this common problem. Follow the steps below to remove a wayward eyelash simply and safely.

Why do some people suffer from trapped eyelashes more frequently than others?

Everyone naturally sheds their eyelashes, but some people are more prone to getting stray lashes stuck in their eyes. If you have long eyelashes, cry more often than average, or are prone to rubbing your eyes when you are tired, you may be more likely to experience this issue on a regular basis. You can prevent it occurring in the first place by touching your eyes as infrequently as possible and by using gentle motions when you wash your face. Vigorous scrubbing may cause eyelashes to loosen from the eyelid and become trapped in the eye.

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How to remove a trapped eyelash

Firstly, stop rubbing your eye. By poking and prodding, you risk causing an eye injury by grinding the eyelash against the surface of the eyeball. Next, choose one of the methods below. If it doesn’t work, then try another. Take your time – the eye is a delicate organ and your sight is precious, so be careful.

1. Try the water rinsing method.

Fill a basin with clean water – cool boiled water or bottled water is ideal – and submerge your face. Now blink your eyes several times. The water should gently dislodge the eyelash.

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2. Use clean fingers to remove the eyelash.

Wash your hands thoroughly with mild antibacterial soap and dry them using a clean towel. Use a mirror to help you locate the eyelash. Use one hand to hold open the eye, and use the other hand for lash removal. Now take a deep breath and use a fingertip to dab at the eyelash, thus lifting it from the surface of your eyeball.

Alternatively, try making a brief sideways or swiping motion to move the eyelash to the corner of your eye. You can then use a finger or clean cotton bud dipped in water or saline solution to remove the eyelash. Please note that this is more likely to work if the eyelash is  stuck on the white of your eye rather than the iris. Make sure that your nails are well-trimmed before attempting this method, otherwise you risk scratching your eye or introducing harmful bacteria.

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3. Try using a saline solution and dropper.

If you happen to have some eye drops lying around, use those to flush the eyelash from the eye. Tilt your head backwards and administer 2-3 drops. Blink several times.

4. Wait overnight.

As we sleep, our eyes release natural secretions that clear out foreign bodies or dirt from the eye. You may therefore find that when you wake up in the morning, the eyelash is gone!

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5. Peel or cut up an onion.

They contain a chemical called syn-propanethial-S-oxide, which when released triggers eyes to release tears. A few minutes’ crying may be all that is needed to solve the problem.

Know when to call a doctor

The above methods will work in most cases. However, if you can’t shift a stubborn eyelash by yourself, book a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. This is especially important if your eye appears in any way infected, or if you experience changes in vision. Eye injuries are extremely uncomfortable and may result in sight loss if untreated, so if in any doubt always seek medical attention.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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