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2012 - Summer Issue
Vida Buena
Article: Jessica Muncrief
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No one can deny that your eyes say a lot about you. Whether you are excited, happy, tired or sad, your eyes are the first to give you away. Likewise, they are the first features to start revealing your age. From diminished eyesight to crow's feet, you have to start giving your eyes some TLC if you want to continue aging like a fine wine. Following these four simple tips can guide you on the path to keeping your peepers in tip top shape.

1.) Build a Strong Relationship with Your Eye Doctor
Cataracts. Macular Degeneration. Glaucoma. The risks for these very serious eye conditions increase dramatically with age. Only adding to the concerns are common age-related eye problems like difficulty reading, poor night vision and loss of peripheral vision. Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Scott Buck, M.D., told Senior Circle, "Vision loss happens gradually without our being aware of it, but early symptoms or red flags can be detected during an eye exam. Your annual vision exam is one of the best preventative methods for preserving eye health and detecting disease early."

2.) Know Your Enemies
Being cognizant of the harmful elements in your environment is essential in maintaining the vitality of your eyes and warding off pesky aging signs like crow's feet and wrinkles. Defend your eyes against UV rays by hiding behind sunglasses with UVA or UVB protective coating whenever you venture outdoors. Listen to your eyes; they will let you know when you are straining them unnecessarily by sitting too long in front of the computer, not getting enough sleep or reading in dim light. And it probably goes without saying that smoking does damage to all parts of your body, including your eyes.

3.) Pamper Yourself

1.) Thermage

2.) Fractional Laser

3.) Botox and Fillers

4.) Topical Creams
A trip to the spa or cosmetologist can take years off of your eye age. While surgery is certainly a popular option these days, there are some less invasive techniques that can give you spectacular results. Let's take a closer look at some of the treatments on the market.

Thermage - Often referred to as an alternative to a surgical facelift, thermage has been shown to have a profound effect on thin and sagging skin. Using radio waves, the procedure heats the skin from the inside out, stimulating collagen production. It works well on droopy eyelids and tightens the delicate, crepe-like skin around the eyes, but it is a bit painful and noticeable results can take up to several weeks to appear.

Fractional Laser - Most commonly known by the trade name Fraxel, this laser resurfacing treatment repairs sun damage, tightens skin and can also reduce dark under eye circles. It is expensive and you will need multiple treatments, but the results may very well be worth the cost, especially if you have deep lines and crow's feet. Keep in mind that you should treat the whole face with this procedure, not just the eye area, to avoid discoloration.

Botox and Fillers - The primary cause of crow's feet is the scrunching of the muscles around the eye. Botox treats them directly by relaxing those muscles and keeping them from crinkling when you change facial expressions. The results are noticeable within a few days, but it isn't permanent. You have to repeat the treatment every four to six months to keep the smooth appearance.

Fillers are also done with a syringe, but instead of affecting the muscle, they actually fill the crease or wrinkle with collagen or another substance. Make sure you go to an experienced provider for these types of treatments as they can look bumpy or puffy if done incorrectly.

Topical Creams - Your best topical treatment for avoiding wrinkles is something everyone should have handy in their medicine cabinet--good old sunscreen. Apply it daily and don't forget to put it around the eye area. Also consider your eyes when selecting products for your daily skin care regime. Look for creams and moisturizers with retinoic acid (retinol), Vitamin A and Vitamin E.

4.) Don't Neglect Your Lashes and Brows
While you may find yourself analyzing every new wrinkle or crease, you might not realize that lashes and brows are not immune to the aging process. Many people experience thinning in these areas as they get older. Mastering good make-up and brow grooming techniques can do wonders. In fact, you might even consider permanent make-up. If done by a trained professional, it can look completely natural, not like someone drew on you with a marker. A doctor can also prescribe medications like Latisse which have been shown to have promising results. ///
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