Have you ever thought of the glass that still shows up in the trend charts. Yes, you are right! It’s the nerd glass. They seem not to fade away that soon. From Steve Jobs to the next door kid, they are adored by many. It goes with most of your wardrobe. And that’s the reason for it being special all these days. If you still feel it should belong to the nostalgic group. Look at these celebrities who donned them in style.

The Dreamer — Steve Jobs

            Another prominent name that rings bell with the term ‘Nerd’. Yes, Steve Jobs, founder and co creator of Apple Inc. The first thing that comes to mind about Jobs after apple; is his iconic glasses that fits his frame. Be it meetings, plays, bed, dinner; the glass never gets separated from him. The nerd glass makes him complete.




Creator — Bill Gates

            There’s Apple, so the next big name? Obviously it’s Mr Gates. He’s the perfect definition of nerd. He’s smart; he codes, he creates software. Well obviously he has changed the way of computing. And he does study a lot. Like, 50 books a year ! And his glass helps him ace through all his works.


Mr Intelligent Investor — Warren Buffett

            He’s 87, still works! And is the best investor to ever set foot on the planet. And one of the best friend of Gates. They both are avid readers. And Mr Buffett credits his success to all the books that he has read these years. He has spent 70-80% of his life for books. He is one of the richest man alive. And his nerd companion has helped him till now.


The New Architect — Sundar Pichai

            Think there is no introduction, needed for him. New kid on the nerd block. Making strides and waves, taking Google to a new level.  his way through the geek world.



The Builder — Satya Nadella

            Well, Mr Pichai made the list. And it’s apt to add his business rival from the same country. The glasses bridge both of them on this note. Twinning with Pichai on the nerd block.


The Ultimate Master — Albert Einstein

            How can I complete this list without the Master and the ultimate nerd. From relativity, gravitation, light, photons. His name vibrates all throughout. And he’s still relevant. Probably even the nerd glass would have got its name after he donned it.

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The Sunglass style statement

Uber cool is no more an understatement, people like to try out different style trends. Experimenting with hair is a bit crazy to start off. Sunglasses do make an impactful style statement. And they do protect our eyes from UV. From celebrities to business people, they define elegance. We look forward to all celebrities and make their style statement sound better. Be it from Big B, Rajinikanth or any the latest Bond, glasses make all the difference. It does up the style quotient of women, who can flaunt it with style. Sometimes they do become your identity. And being in Chennai, with lots of places to explore and tell stories; why not make the perfect move of choosing the stylish glass that fits you.

We’ll try out the popular designs

Gear up with Aviator

            This does mean literally, yes you can fly. It gives you the sleekish cool handsome look. Aviators have been in trend since the advent of the trend. Probably pioneers in making statements. They show you more committed and disciplined. It is designed in such a way. It has never lost it’s hotness. People still love to show em off. Presumably this is not gonna die any time sooner.

Fly like a butterfly

            They do have the nostalgic look. But who cares when it can give you wings. Covers the face to a larger extent; protects your eyes a lot more. This suits the milady. They can be your go-to party wear, beachwear. For all your cool and hot times, they come in handy. And it compliments your accessories. A walk along the shore and speaking to the waves will surely send you chills.

Go Round and be the clubmaster

            It’s retro time! yeah, you heard me right. Certain things never fail to amuse us. And a tinge of retro can add a classy touch. Be it anywhere, any suit. You dress up, it’ll match you.

Be the Wayfarer

It’s time to get in sync with the actual trend. From 13 reasons why to Modern family, it makes you what you are. It’s probably a timeless piece of Marvel. It can project you, what you wanna be. A nerd, geek or even turn up your hot quotient. It goes well with casuals for both the genders. Its the easy to go type. Makes you float and stay relevant.




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Eye Protection

Eye protection is protective gear for the eyes, which comes in many types depending upon the threat that is to be reduced. The threats can be particles, light, wind blast, heat, sea spray or some type of ball or puck used in sports.


goggles are forms of protective eyewear that usually enclose or protect the eye area in order to prevent particulates, infectious fluids, or chemicals from striking the eyes. For example, when swimming, goggles protect the eyes from salt or chlorine in the pool.

Protection against light

The human eye is sensitive to intense light because it damages the retina and can even blind the individual. There are many different types of eye protection against light suited for different applications.

The most common forms of eye protection against light are sunglasses. These primarily protect against UV light from the sun and help increase visibility in bright conditions. They often tend to be fashionable as well as practical. Laser protection eyewear is similar but will filter out a particular (or small range of) wavelength(s), customized to the laser being viewed. Laser protection eyewear is particularly important because of the extremely high intensity of laser light.

Shades 12, 13, and 14 welding glass must be used to stare directly at the sun or a solar eclipse. These higher index shades are suitable for arc welding and therefore are suitable for solar viewing. Sunglasses will not provide sufficient protection.

Welding glass protects against glare and flying sparks. It is a more extreme implementation of the same idea as sunglasses, suited to the more intense light generated during welding. Arc welding goggles must be much darker than blowtorch goggles.

Other protection

  • Eye protectors used in sports like orienteering and cycling to protect eyes from insects, dust and wind blast.
  • Infection control glasses
  • Eye shields used in External beam radiotherapy to shield sensitive parts of the eye from ionizing radiation

Helmets and visors

Some helmets and visors also protect the eyes:

  • Armor visors were used in conjunction with some Medieval war helmets to protect the eyes from impact.
  • Batting helmet with full face coverage is used by the catcher in baseball and softball games to protect the eyes and face from impact.
  • Eye shield is a piece of football equipment which attaches to a player’s helmet to protect the eyes from impact.
  • Fighter pilot helmet includes a visor for protection from the sun and from wind blast in case of an ejection from the aircraft.
  • Some firefighter’s helmets have visors which protect the eyes from infrared rays and the radiant heat of fire as well as from impact.
  • Hockey helmets have visors, shields, cages and masks to protect the eyes and face from impact.
  • Hurling helmets protect the eyes from the ball and from near contact with other players.
  • Lacrosse helmet used primarily in men’s lacrosse have a visor to protect the face and eyes from impact.
  • Life boatman’s helmet has a transparent visor to keep sea spray out of the eyes.
  • Motorcycle helmets and Bicycle helmets have face shields that protects the eyes against wind blast, dust, insects and impact in the event of a crash.
  • Racing helmets also have face shields (narrower than motorcycle helmets) to protect against fire and impact.
  • Riot protection helmets have visors to protect the eyes and face from projectiles and impact.
  • Safety helmets, also called hard hats, used by chainsaw operators and construction workers often have visors to protect the eyes from impact.
  • Space suit helmets have gold-impregnated face shields to protect astronauts from the direct rays of the sun.
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While there are no recognised ways to prevent glaucoma, blindness or significant vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented if diagnosed earlier. The ‘primary open-angle glaucoma’ is prevalent and the vision loss is slow, silent and progressive starting from peripheral vision loss to central vision loss.

We still feel, glaucoma can be prevented with utmost care to your eyes and health through proper practices including the following:

1. Regular eye check up:

It is recommended that you go for an annual eye check up. Any sort of corrective measure is easy if diagnosed at an early stage.

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2. Eye health history of the family:

Certain health issues may run in your family, it is recommended that you keep the family health history in mind during the diagnostics.

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3. Exercise safely:

Exercising regularly is a very healthy habit. Certain exercises are a strain to your eyes which you must be careful while doing it.

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4. Consume eye drops and medicines only as prescribed:

Self medication off Google might be cool. But has adversities if not diagnosed properly before administering. It is always recommended that you meet a specialist in person than virtual.

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5. Protect your eye on sensitive exposures:

While at work in front of computer, or in front of the sun rays or in a workshop, it is very important to make sure there isn’t much strain for your eyes!

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First things first, think beyond carrots. See more than just carrots. Improve your vision. Fact is, carrots are so yesterday. It’s high time we all looked beyond carrots when it comes to foods that are good for the eyes. See more than just carrots, and you’ll see so many other foods that can help you see better. Without further ado, let’s see what we mean.

Go greens

They’re packed with lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that, studies show, lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.


The yolk is a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin—plus zinc, which also helps reduce your macular degeneration risk, according to Paul Dougherty, MD, medical director of Dougherty Laser Vision in Los Angeles. And, no, the yolk, in moderation, is not bad for you.

Citrus is berry good

Citrus fruits, berries are powerhouses of vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Nuts about almonds

They’re filled with vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of E.

Oh, fish

Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina—low levels of which have been linked to dry eye syndrome, says Jimmy Lee, MD, director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City.

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A diet containing foods with a low glycemic index (GI) can help reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration. Swap refined carbohydrates for quinoa, brown rice, whole oats and whole-wheat breads and pasta. The vitamin E, zinc and niacin found in whole grains also help promote overall eye health.

Colorific diet

Colorful Foods such as carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, corn and cantaloupe are excellent sources of vitamins A and C. The carotenoids — the compounds that give these fruits and vegetables their yellow, orange and red pigments — are thought to help decrease the risk of many eye diseases.


Yes, beef – as long as it’s not banned. Lean beef, in moderation, can boost your eye health. Beef contains zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A and may play a role in reducing risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Final food for thought

Apart from eating right, it also helps to get your eyes checked once in six months. They won’t cost you anything. On the contrary, they’ll add years to your eyes. Bon appétit and see you soon.

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It’s that time of the year again, from the looks of it. The Times of India on November 4 reported an outbreak of Madras Eye in Bangalore. Here’s an excerpt from the report by Sumitha Rao, “There’s an unofficial red-eye alert in the city. Doctors have confirmed a sharp rise in cases of viral conjunctivitis, commonly called ‘Madras Eye’, across Bengaluru. And what is unprecedented is entire families being affected simultaneously, say doctors.”

As vigilant guardians of eyes, this got us thinking. And we thought it’s time to take a closer look at Madras Eye – just so we all know a bit more about this annual visit, apart from the all-important how to avoid this unusually-named eyesore.

Google ‘Madras Eye’ and this is what you get at the top of the page: Madras Eye is an inflammation of the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids called conjunctiva. It is most commonly due to viral infection and is contagious.

Then, a little lower down the page, the wiki page is about Conjunctivities. How and why, then, did Conjunctivitis end up being called Madras Eye? For instance, is it known as, say, Mumbai Eye in Mumbai? Delhi Eye in Delhi? Ranchi Eye in Ranchi? And…you get the drift. Incidentally, doesn’t Madras Eye sound like the name of a crusading newspaper or a detective agency or some such thing investigative? How on earth did it end up with conjunctivitis? This needed to be investigated.

Why, why, why Madras Eye

So, here’s what we came up with, with a little help from Google: It is said that the name “madras eye” originated when the adenovirus, a virus that causes conjunctivitis, was first identified in Chennai (Madras), India. This name became more popular in 1990s when a film titled MADRAS EYE was released.
Link to film:

We weren’t convinced. This needed to be investigated further.

This is what else we dug up: Conjuctivitis occurs usually in extreme heat and humid conditions and is contagious. During the summer vacation, when Indian tourists visit the south, particularly Madras, they often get this ailment as they are unaccustomed to such heat and humidity. That’s why the ailment is called ‘Madras eye’. However, conjuctivitis is also common in other hot places in India (and abroad). Interestingly, in Delhi, it is called ‘Bombay eye’.

— S. Sundararajan, Navi Mumbai, July 13, 2003

Nope. That certainly didn’t cut the mustard. We needed a better source. We needed to be absolutely sure.

Look what we found: Madras eye is conjunctivitis. Also known as pink eye, it occurs when the eyelid and the eye surface are swollen and become red due to a viral infection. More importantly, how did the name Madras eye come about? Well, it originated because the adenovirus, which causes Madras eye, was first identified in Madras in 1918. This we found in The Hindu. Enough said.

How to bust the Madras Eye*

“Conjunctivitis is viral in nature and has become seasonal. In cold weather, the adenovirus multiplies rapidly, and the public should take precautions,” Dr. P. V. Nanda Kumar Reddy, Superintendent, S.D. Eye Hospital, Hyderabad.
Ophthalmologists point out that like common cold, which usually runs its course around winter time for three to four days, viral conjunctivitis, too, hits and runs its course for between a week and 10 days.
Patients with red eyes and swollen eyelids and watering, irritation, mild pain and discomfort in the eyes should visit an eye specialist immediately, as, on occasions, conjunctivitis is known to damage the cornea.
Patients should avoid touching their eyes and shaking hands and sharing towels with infected persons.
Owing to the contagious nature of the infection, patients must wear dark glasses, besides staying away from public places to prevent it from spreading.
Though some people suggest that pink eye can spread by merely being in a room with a person whose eyes are affected by the condition, this is untrue.
Conjunctivitis spreads through secretions from the eye. Thus, if a person touches his/her eye, he/she can pass on the infective virus or bacteria to another person or object that comes in contact with the secretion.

Wash your hands with soap and water at times of an epidemic. Carry an alcohol-based sanitizer with you to use when you do not have access to soap and water.

Avoid touching your eyes with your hand or any object like a handkerchief.

Do not share eye makeup or eye medicines.

Wash your eyes regularly and wipe with a disposable tissue. After that, immediately sterilize your hands. Do not leave the tissue lying around.

Avoid going to your place of work or school till you recover completely.
Any linen that you use like towels, bed sheets and pillow covers should be washed with hot water and detergent.

Do not wear contact lenses or any eye or face makeup.
Avoid going to the swimming pool or using the gym or other equipment that are used commonly by other people.
Sterilize eyeglasses and contact lenses once you recover from the condition.
If only one eye is affected, avoid touching the other eye.
Apply a warm or cold compress to the affected eye to sooth it. And do not forget to wash your hands after that.
Do not forget to visit a doctor as soon as symptoms set in to control the infection. The doctor will prescribe eye drops; do not share these with anyone.

*Sources: Google, The Hindu and Medindia

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