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Whatever Floats Your Eye? (06/02)

Have you ever looked up at the sky and noticed floating spots? And then you try to get a better look at them, but they seem to move with your eye?

Those are floaters (and yes, that is the technical term).

Eye_floters

Floaters are actually tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous, the clear jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye.

Floaters may look like specks, strands, webs or other shapes. Actually, what you are seeing are the shadows of floaters cast on the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye.

By now, you are probably asking yourself – what causes this happen? Well, keep reading…

When people reach middle age, the gel-like vitreous begins to liquefy and contract. Some parts of the vitreous form clumps or strands inside the eye.

The vitreous gel pulls away from the back wall of the eye, causing a posterior vitreous detachment.

It is a common cause of floaters, and it is more common for people who:

  • have had inflammation inside the eye;
  • are nearsighted;
  • have undergone cataract surgery;

(you can read more here)

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Wear Gloves (03/23)

Jalapeno Pepper

Jalapeno Pepper

I learned a few things about jalapeno peppers. First of all, the smaller the pepper the hotter it is. Second of all, if you are chopping a jalapeno – wear gloves.

If you do not , your hand will feel like it is burning (up to 24 hours). It feels like a slow burn, as if you are holding a cup of hot soup for just a little too long, coupled with the pins and needles feeling of a hand that has fallen asleep.

If you are experiencing this pain in your hands and are wearing contacts – DO NOT take your contacts out before going to bed. That is unless you want your eyes to burn as well.

The cure? I read several on message boards. The one that worked for me? Milk. Soak your hand in milk. It may sound a little gross, but it is better than be driven crazy by the pain in your hand.

I would like to share one more helpful tip that I learned last Thanksgiving:

You should also wear gloves when peeling butternut squash. If you do not, the skin on your hand will become dry, tight and have a film over it. This may be an allergic reaction (contact dermatitis) and not affect everyone, but it is worth knowing. It is also recommended to peel the skin off with a knife rather than a peeler. It gets the job done faster and your not in direct contact with the starch.

My hand was so dried out that I could not even open my palm. It was scary at first, but once again message boards saved the day. Although it took a few days, lotion and hand washing (with a little gentle scrubbing) took care of the problem.

Now you don’t have to make the same mistakes that I did…

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