Summer Eye Care
It’s easy to take the precious gift of sight for granted, but the precautions we take now can prevent serious eye health problems later. There are dangers to your eyes lurking around every corner. Fortunately, we have 5 tips to help keep your eyes safe this summer.
You may think that your home is a fairly safe environment. However, most injuries happen in the home, garage, or yard. Every home should have at least one pair of safety glasses. Safety glasses adhere to a higher standard of impact than a “dress pair” of glasses. The higher standard applies to both the frame and lenses. It’s easy to forget when doing menial tasks around the home, that putting on a pair of safety glasses could save your vision.
Protection from UV rays
Sunglasses can be a great fashion accessory, but their ultimate job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Not protecting your eyes can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterigiums. A pterigium is a pink, fleshy tissue on the outer surface of the eye. It is caused from continuous exposure to sun, wind, and even dust. There are treatment options, most importantly it should be monitored by your eyecare professional to prevent scarring. Most sunglasses have UV protection, but if your are unsure bring them by our office for a quick measurement to ease your mind.
Creating healthy habits with your contacts
Is it safe to swim in your contacts? The FDA warns against exposing your contacts to any kind of water. Swimming can lead to eye infections or more serious conditions such as corneal ulcers. Swimming pools and other water sources can be contaminated with microorganisms. These organisms can cause damage to the front surface of the eye, and in severe cases can result in a corneal transplant. Be mindful while on vacation, swimming in your backyard or neighborhood pool, to grab a pair of goggles, or better yet remove those contacts before you take the plunge.
Give your eyes a break from technology
What better time of year than summer to give your eyes a break from technology. We all spend the majority of our day using computers, iPads, cell phones, watching television , playing video games, and the list goes on. When your eyes are focused on a screen they do not blink as much, resulting in eye fatigue and dryness. Our doctors recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes you are on the computer, take a 20 minute break to look at something 20 feet away. This will give your eyes a chance to relax and reduce dryness. Habits are always hard at first, try setting an alarm to remind you to take a break.
Be aware of oddball accidents
Summer can bring so many new adventures and experiences to your life. While enjoying your summer be aware and take extra precautions when having fun. Here a few oddball accidents that can put a damper on your fun.
Fireworks– Around 40% of injuries related to fireworks, happen to children under the age of 15. Sparklers account for most of those injuries. Take a moment to educate children on the importance of not playing with fireworks to prevent severe eye injuries.
Champagne corks– Summertime can bring along events that call for a celebration with champagne. A champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph when it leaves the bottle-fast enough to shatter glass. Be aware of where you’re pointing that bottle next time you pop the cork.
Paintball– One of the most important rules of paintball is never to remove your head shield. All too often children will get caught up in the excitement of the game and remove their shield. Taking a paintball to the eye can cause cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachments -just to name a few.
Go and enjoy your summer. Make your yard beautiful, watch fireworks, play in the water, go on vacation, and celebrate life’s great moments. Just remember, don’t take the gift of sight for granted. Just that little bit of extra safety can help you see the world differently. If you do find that your sunglasses are not up to par, you’re in need of some safety glasses, or it’s just time for an eye exam give us a call 770-834-0212, or visit our website to schedule your next eye exam.