Flying grit from off-roading or yard work, chemicals in pools, a sun that sears delicate tissues — summer in Toledo is an obstacle course for your precious eyes. You can still have fun, but you may need to take some steps to protect your peepers.
If you’re like most people, you remember to slather on sunblock when you head out for some fun in the sun. But what about the eyes? Can your eyes get sunburnt?
Yes. Also known as photokeratitis, sunburn of the eye is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Be careful! UV rays reflecting off water and sand are just as harmful. Symptoms include redness, blurry vision and pain.
To protect your eyes, always wear sunglasses that block 100% UV rays when you’re outside — even on cloudy days — as well as a hat with a rim, and stay indoors when you can. You can also keep your eyes moist with artificial tears to prevent dryness. Soothe swollen eyes with a cool, damp washcloth. Whatever you do, DON’T rub your eyes. That’ll just irritate them and prolong the symptoms.
If symptoms last longer than 24 – 48 hours, immediately contact your eye doctor (give Perrysburg Eye Center a call!).
On a scorching summer day, taking a dip in the pool is the perfect way to cool down. But it can also be pretty tough on the eyes.
Cleaning chemicals like chlorine strip away the tear film which protects your eyes, making them red, itchy and uncomfortable. Chlorine is designed to kill most bacteria in the pool, but whatever bacteria that survives the chlorine can cause an eye infection like pink eye. And if you swim a lot, you might develop dry eye and experience blurred vision.
Keep your eyes protected by wearing swim goggles, washing your closed eyes with fresh water after swimming, and using over-the-counter lubricating eye drops. It also helps to drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated and your eyes moist.
Heat, wind and dryness make for a bad combination. Your tear film dries out and leaves your eyes’ surfaces vulnerable to direct and indirect exposure to sunlight’s UV rays and outside elements.
To keep your peepers safe, you should wear sunglasses when outside, preferably wrap-around ones. You can also use preservative-free lubricating artificial tears to refresh the moisture on the surface of your eyes.
Summer is all about the outdoors. Tossing a ball, mowing the lawn, you name it. But many of us simply forget to use protective eyewear. When over half of all eye injuries happen at home, don’t you think it’s a good idea to play it safe?
Wearing sunglasses, sports goggles and swim goggles are all great ways to protect you and your family’s vision while you’re out having summer fun.
You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Day to make a positive life change. Improve your eye health this summer by quitting this bad habit. Cigarette smoke (including second-hand smoke) is a risk factor for plenty of eye diseases and major health problems, including macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye and more.
Let’s face it: No matter how you choose to enjoy your summer, you’ve got to remember to protect your eyes!
Get more information about quality eyewear and eye care by calling Perrysburg Eye Center at (419) 874-3125, schedule your first visit as a patient, and make sure to stop by our optical shop!