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What to Expect Before, During and After Lasik Surgery

There are many things to expect before, during, and after surgery. These expectations differ greatly from doctor to doctor, patient to patient, and surgery to surgery. Before undergoing one, it is best to know what happens every step of the way in order to guarantee yourself that everything is going to be alright while you are going under the knife. The same is particularly true if you have decided to get Lasik eye surgery in Singapore.

 

Before Eye Surgery

 

Before the eye surgery, your doctor will properly evaluate you to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. You will give him your complete medical history and the present condition of your eyes. If you are wearing contact lenses, it is important to remove those two weeks before undergoing the examination in order to prevent giving your doctor the wrong measurements of your cornea. Also, if you are like to wear makeup, you will be asked by your doctor to stop doing so to prevent loose particles getting into your eyes.

 

 

During Lasik Eye Surgery

 

You will be asked to sit on a reclining chair that contains the laser system. After doing so, you will be given a numbing eye drop, then your eyes will be cleaned and will be kept open using an instrument called eye speculum. After that, the doctor will cut a flap in your retina using microkeratome blades. These blades are only supposed to be used once and it will be thrown away after.  The laser will then be positioned in front of your eyes and you will be asked to stare at a red dot to prevent your eyes from moving. When your eye is in perfect position, the doctor will now start the laser that will vaporize the tissue in your cornea. The laser coming out if the machine is controlled using the measurements taken during your initial evaluation. After this, the flap will then be returned into its original position. The whole procedure normally takes only 30 to 40 minutes.

 

After Eye Surgery

 

You will experience some mild pain and discomfort after your eye surgery. For this, your doctor will give you pain reliever to help you manage the pain. You will then be asked to cover your eyes to prevent dirt and other free radicals in the air from getting into your eyes and causing infection. Also, the cover will help you prevent yourself from scratching your eyes unintentionally.

 

Now that you know what happens before, during, and after the eye surgery, you can now properly prepare for your eye surgery and enjoy your clearer and better vision.

9 Natural Facial Treatment and Remedies for Acne-Prone Skin

 

Our internal health is reflected through our skin. If your skin is ridden with acne, blackheads, whiteheads or other skin issues, chances are you’re dealing with hormonal imbalances, poor nutrition and oxidative damage.

Whether you’re doing a home treatment or going for a facial treatment at a spa, these natural home remedies have great potential in treating acne and getting rid of the scars (regardless of your acne case being mild or severe), so make sure you include some of them in your facial treatment or diet:

 

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids

To improve your acne, Omega-3 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties, so you can include it in your diet by consuming walnuts, flaxseeds, albacore tuna or salmon. Alternatively, you can also take multi-nutrient capsule that contains fish oil.

 

  1. Acidic foods

Flush pores easily with acidic foods like vinegar or citrus fruit juice. To quickly battle acne, dab a little of acidic juice or vinegar onto a cotton ball and carefully and gently swipe it on the affected areas.

 

  1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps in exfoliating, reducing red marks, and treating acne as it contains lactic acids and malic. Make your own DIY toner by mixing equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. Apply the mixture to skin using a cotton ball (make sure you shake it well before every use).

 

  1. Lemons

Lemons serve as a skin lightener, exfoliant and disinfectant to prevent new formation of pimples and reducing scar appearances. Dip cotton ball or cotton swab in lemon juice and dab acne (make sure your face is clean), before rinsing it off with cool water.

 

  1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera contains burn-relieving properties, which really helps in reducing scarring, fighting infection, and promoting healing of acne. Use a spoon to scrape the aloe plant gel before applying it to acne. If you can’t find aloe plant, you can get aloe gel from pharmacies or health food stores (make sure it’s pure, natural aloe minus added ingredients).

 

  1. Chamomile

To decrease inflammation from acne, turn to chamomile. For 15 minutes, soak two tea bags of chamomile in 1 cup boiled water. Once the tea is cool, dip a cotton ball and dab on face after you’ve cleansed.

 

  1. Mint

To remove pore-clogging oil, mint is a must-have. Clear acne before it begins by mixing two tablespoons of oatmeal and plain yogurt with fresh mint (finely chopped). Slather on face and leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water.

 

  1. Honey

Honey contains antibiotic properties which help to improve acne. For instant treatment, you can apply one teaspoon of the sweet ingredient to affected areas. Alternately, you can also make a mask by mixing 1 cup of plain oatmeal with ½ cup of honey, slather it on face and leave it on for half an hour.

 

  1. Green tea

Green tea helps in fighting acne as it contains antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds. You can lay a soaked bag of green tea over the affected area or wash your face with a cup of green tea (cooled, not warm).

 

It’s unfortunate that many people would turn to topical medications and prescription drugs, instead of natural home remedies, to treat their acne problem and other issues.  Before you use manmade, chemical-laden types of medication for acne treatment, try using the natural home remedies first.

 

8 Things on Finding the Safest and Most Successful Weight-Loss Program

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Thinking of signing up for a weight loss program? There are so many things for you to consider, aside from your budget and time. For those who are planning to sign up for a weight loss program for the first time, your program should at least have these 2 Ss: safe and successful.

How can you tell which ones are safe and guarantee a positive outcome, and which ones aren’t? Consider these 8 things to find the best weight loss program for you:

 

  1. Will the program be a 1-on-1 session or a group session?

Depending on a person, sometimes a 1-on-1 session works best for those who prefer to have personal attention from their program supervisor, while a group session fits well for those who are trying to save more.

 

  1. Does the program require you to keep food records, follow a specific diet plan, or buy special supplement or meals?

If you have medical issues, you may not able to follow a specific diet plan or buy special supplement or meals so best to check with the staff first.

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  1. Does the program require you to follow a specific exercise plan or guidelines?

Sometimes your physical condition does not permit you from taking part in a certain exercise or physical activity. For the first timers, it’s better to stick with the ones that offer a mild but consistent exercise plan. A rigorous plan doesn’t always guarantee success.

 

  1. Is the program applicable to your cultural and lifestyle needs?

Perhaps your program requires you to do something that is against your culture or religious belief.

 

  1. Does the program’s staff legally certified?

Make sure the staff in charge or your program supervisor is certified to run the program to avoid any issues like injuries from happening.

 

  1. Does the program contain any risks?

Avoid programs that will put your health and life at stake, such as requiring you to take questionable drugs or supplements. Always run a background check on the drugs and supplements recommended, especially if you have medical issues.

 

  1. Does the program offer flexibility in its delivery?

Some programs can be done online, so if you’re busy but would like to incorporate your program in your lifestyle, online programs are the best options.

 

  1. Does the program offer a follow-up session?

Perhaps you manage to end your sessions with success, but along the way, you lost motivation and start gaining weight again. Some programs may offer a follow-up session to keep you to stay on track.

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It may take a while for you to find the right program that is safe and successful, but with enough research, you’ll soon be starting your program.

Curing Genetic Acne: Methods of Removing Acne Scars

Acne can definitely affect our self-confidence in so many ways. Many people avoid social activities because they are ashamed of what other people might say about them. Some might even blame their genes for having bad case of acne. But the big question is – is acne really genetic?  The answer is, yes. Genes have a significant role in influencing the sebaceous glands that affects the way acne appears in the skin. Unfortunately, acne leaves traces called acne scars that could remain in the surface of the skin if not treated properly.

How Do You Treat Acne Scars?

Acne scar removal is the best way to regain your lost self-confidence. However, in our haste to eliminate it, we tend to misunderstand everything there is to know about acne. First of all, acne does not always affect every generation. In some cases, you may be the only one who has acne in your family. But if you take a closer look in your family, you may notice that some members on either side of your parents may have the same problem as you.

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One big mistake that some people do is they spot-treat their pimples. This doesn’t solve the problem because even though acne appears on the surface of the skin, the real problem resides inside. Spot-treating acne can only worsen rather than cure it.

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What Are The Different Methods For Treating Acne Scars?

There are different ways to eliminate the cause of your social problems. Most of these are done in dermatology clinics in Singapore.

  • Chemical Peel. This method exfoliates or removes the old layer of skin and exposes a new one underneath. This can be done using acne removal products at the convenience of your own home. However, there are also dermatology clinics in Singapore that offer this treatment.
  • Dermabrasion/Microdermabrasion. This method is a mechanical exfoliation of dead skin cells in order to reveal a new layer of skin.
  • Laser Treatment. This method is quite popular these days even on video streaming websites. Laser lights will slightly burn the affected area one by one to remove whiteheads and cysts.
  • Punch Methods. Don’t worry; you won’t be punched in the face. Punch method is a technique that extracts blackheads and cysts in your facial skin using a special tool.

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Before undergoing acne scar removal treatment, always make sure that you consult a dermatologist first to determine what kind of procedure would be best for your condition. This is to ensure that your skin would properly recover essential elements such as collagen after your treatment.

Amazing Anti-Aging Products for Women in their 30s 

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When you reach your 30s, much of your anti-aging skincare routine will be carried on from your 20s. For example, cleansing your face at night, keeping out of the sun and keeping your skin hydrated are all steps you need to continue to take. However, it is also time to ramp up your efforts a bit by adding new treatments, such as emulsions and eye cream to your routine.

Chances are, by the time you reach 30 you are already seeing a few signs of aging, such as dryness and fine lines. The good news is, with the help of anti-aging serum and other products, you can easily erase and minimize these signs. Some steps to add to your routine when you reach 30 can be found here.
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Consider a Retinoid Prescription 

One of the first things you should do if you want to enhance your anti-aging routine is to use a retinoid. You can find over-the-counter options or seek a prescription. Both options offer powerful anti-aging benefits. This is a type of anti-aging serum that is extremely strong and effective. Be sure to test the option you choose on a small portion of your skin first, to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction. Also, be sure to always wear sunscreen, since retinoids can increase photosensitivity.
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Find Products with Antioxidants 

You should look for products, including an eye cream that offers preventative qualities. Products that contain plant stem cells and peptides are extremely rich in anti-oxidants, which are very beneficial for the skin. Since UV rays and air pollution are sources of free radicals, which are molecules that can damage your living cells and result in signs of aging, you need to protect your skin with a layer of antioxidants prior to leaving the house.
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Use Chemical Exfoliates 

If you have yet to begin using any type of chemical exfoliate in your routine, now is the time to begin. These work well to unclog your pores and to remove dead skin that has become accumulated. They also work without the harsh irritation and abrasion that goes along with physical exfoliation. These are offered in two different forms: AHAs, which are alpha hydroxyl acids and BHAs, which are beta hydroxyl acids. You will likely have to experiment to find what works best for you and your skin, but these can be highly effective in minimizing the signs of aging.

 

When it comes to taking care of your skin as you age, you have to figure out what works for you. There are countless products on the market, and not all of them are right for all skin types. Take some time to figure out your biggest issues, which will help you determine the types of products you need to incorporate into your daily anti-aging, skincare routine. When you put a bit of effort into this routine you will quickly discover that your skin not only looks younger and healthier but that it also feels younger and healthier.

 

Cataract: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

 

As the adage goes, the eyes are the gateways to the soul. They also let people see the wonders of the world. Unfortunately, they are also prone to health conditions that may leave you with blurred vision, or worse, blind.

 

One of the most common eye conditions people suffer from is cataract. According to the National Eye Institute, the risk of having cataract increases with each decade of life. This starts at around 40 years old and half of Americans are projected to have cataract by the age of 75.

 

In Singapore, an estimated 78.6 percent of elderly patients suffer from cataracts. As people grow older, the incidence of cataract also increases. For instance, cataract affects about 63.6 percent of people aged 60 to 64 years old. However, by 75 years old, it increases to 94.6 percent, as reported by the National University Hospital, Singapore.

 

What Is A Cataract?

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A cataract is characterized by the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eyes. For those suffering from this eye condition, they can see through the cloudy lenses and they define it like looking through a fogged-up window.

 

What Are The Lenses?

 

The lens is a clear part of the eye that works by focusing light or even an image on the retina. As the lens is elastic, it has the ability to change its shape like getting bigger to focus nearby objects and thinner for distant objects.

 

The lens should be transparent so that light can easily pass through it. In cataract, the lens become cloudy, impeding the flow of light.

 

What Are The Causes Of Cataract?

 

There are many causes of cataract formation. One of the major causes of cataract is aging. As people grow older, they become more predisposed in developing this eye condition. Diabetes may also lead to cataract development. Other causes include eye injury, genetics, radiation, smoking, drinking, glaucoma, eye inflammation and infection.

 

How Is It Treated?

 

When a person develops cataract, he or she should visit an eye centre for thorough examination. In the early stages of the disease, there are many precautionary measures to do in order to curb its progression. These include wearing better eyeglasses, using magnifying lenses, protecting the eyes with sunglasses and providing better lighting.

 

However, in the late stages, the cataract needs to be removed through eye surgery. This is recommended if the blurred vision hinders common activities like walking, reading or watching TV.

 

A surgery is done by an eye care professional in the hospital. For those individuals who have cataracts on both eyes, the surgery is done on one eye before the other.

 

Vision is an important part of life as it is needed in most activities. Cataracts can be prevented but if they’re inevitable, consulting an eye doctor every now and then is important. They will help you protect your eyes and avoid activities that may make the condition worse.