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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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