Having fun at the pool or exercising water aerobics this summer can be a great way to cool off from the heat. Chlorine and Saline do a great job keeping the water clean, but it can also be hard on your eyes.
Pools Are Tough On The Tear Film
Chemicals in pool water wash away the tear film, a thin layer that coats the surface of our eyes. This tear film keeps our eyes moist, smooth, and clear. Chlorine and other chemicals used to keep pool water clean can wash away the moist layer of the tear film, leaving eyes uncomfortable and red. Without fully functioning tear film protection, eyes are exposed to harmful pool chemicals and lingering bacteria. Chlorine itself can cause a reaction, leaving the surface and edges of your eyes red, itchy, watery, and uncomfortable. The bacteria that survive the chlorine can lead to an eye infection, such as pink eye (conjunctivitis).
How to Protect Your Eyes While Having Fun At The Pool
- The best way to keep eye infections away while swimming is to wear goggles whenever possible. Choose a pair that is the right size for you and forms a protective seal over your eyes.
- Chlorine and Saline play a role in disinfecting swimming pools. Failure to achieve the right balance can lead to eye irritation with burning, stinging, dryness, and redness. Another reason why protecting your eyes with goggles is so essential. The optimal pH balance for a swimming pool is approximately 7.4, which matches that of the eyes.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when you are outside but most importantly around a pool from overexposure to UV rays and discomfort from intense light.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water for your overall health and to keep your eye film healthy.
- If you are a contact wearer, ditch the lenses. Wearing contact lenses in any type of water, including a pool, hot tub, ocean, or lake—puts you at high risk for corneal infection. Bacteria can grow on the lenses even after just one swim.
If, after a long day at the pool, your once clear view of a fun summer day becomes blurry or foggy. Flush your eyes with a cool eye rinse, or try saline eye drops for quick relief. Don’t forget to add the eye drops to your list of must-haves for your beach bag this season!
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Summer has finally arrived, and the sun is brightly shining with warm temperatures. It is a perfect time to bring awareness and get sun-smart about UV Safety Awareness Month.
Here are some Sun Smart UV Safety Tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to prepare and protect your eyes:
- 47% of sunglasses wearers do not check UV ratings before making a purchase. Always buy sunglasses labeled “UV400” or “100% UV Protection.”
- Some medications and medical conditions can make people more photosensitive or vulnerable to UV damage, such as antibiotics, antifungals, antihistamines, cholesterol-lowering drugs, diuretics, or retinoids. If you have questions about your medications and the possibility of photosensitivity, talk with your doctor.
- Listed are results from an online survey conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Ophthalmology where a percentage of people do not believe the cause of photosensitivity:
– 82% – Retin-A skin creams
– 72% – Antibiotics
– 71% – Cataracts
– 71% – Light-colored eyes (e.g.,blue or green)
- Protect the kids! 74% of parents make their children wear sunscreen, and only 32% make their children wear UV-protected sunglasses.
- Interestingly, 83% agree that you should wear sunglasses when overcast, but only 17% do! Make sure to wear your sunglasses on cloudy days.
- Protect yourself with UV-blocking glasses and a hat! Some studies show UV rays may be related to the following:
– Pterygium (a growth on the eye, often called surfer’s eye)
– Photokeratitis (temporary sun blindness – sunburned eye)
– Eye Cancer (uveal melanoma)
– Cataract (clouding of the lens that causes blindness)
Sunny Days Are Good For Your Health
Healthy exposure to sunlight can have positive effects, as long as you protect your eyes from UV rays. A little exposure to natural light every day helps you sleep well. The light-sensitive cells in our eyes play an essential role in our body’s natural sleep-wake cycles. Spending time outdoors in the daylight is also a great benefit to your kids can help prevent nearsightedness in kids. Have fun and enjoy the warm summer weather safely; don’t forget the sunglasses and hats for everyone!
References: American Academy of Ophthalmology
This week marks the celebration of some spectacular events this month and week. During June, Celebrated is Men’s Health Month hosted by Men’s Health Network since 1992. It is the perfect time to celebrate Men’s Health Month because we also celebrate Father’s Day on June 20, 2021. This month is about encouraging yourself and the men in your life to take care of their overall health but don’t forget their eye health.
We want to share a few tips for your eye health. Check out some of the information and eye changes here.
The most common change is the need to hold reading materials farther away from your eyes. This eye change is called presbyopia, and it usually begins in the late-30’s to mid-’40s. Most may need reading glasses or another vision correction strategy to help with presbyopia. If presbyopia is left uncorrected, you may find your eyes tire easily, and you may get headaches.
Health Conditions Related To Eye Changes
Specific vision changes such as blurry vision, blind spots, halos around lights, and tunnel vision can indicate a severe condition. In addition, these symptoms could signify a more serious eye condition such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy. Those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic need to have annual exams and work with their doctors to control their weight, blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Your eye doctor will recommend follow-up exams based on your family history and the eye exam results.
Protect Your Eyes From Accidents
Most men work in physically demanding job positions such as construction, landscaping, or mechanics. Therefore, it is vital to wear safety glasses and protective eye gear, whether operating power equipment or protection from debris.
Relieve Dry Eyes
This uncomfortable eye problem becomes more common as you age. If your dry eye is severe, talk with your eye doctor to help preserve your eyes’ natural tears.
Have A Good Night’s Sleep
Healthy, uninterrupted sleep is vital for overall health, including eye health. A good night’s sleep helps the eyes get the moisture and lubrication they need. In addition, research shows that light-sensitive cells in the eye help with the ability to regulate our wake-sleep cycles. Sleep becomes even more critical as we age when more people have problems with insomnia.
Don’t deny your eye health, and be proactive! So how is your eye health? We ask because we care! Call TODAY to schedule your appointment! (770)532-4444
References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association
What is A Detached Retina?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a detached retina is when the retina lifts away from the back of the eye, like wallpaper peeling off the wall.
SYMPTOMS IN DETAIL
When the retina is detached from the back wall of the eye, it is separated from its blood supply and no longer functions properly. The typical symptoms of a retinal detachment include:
- Floaters – These can look like specs, lines, or cobwebs in your field of vision.
- Flashing lights – Some people say this is like seeing stars after being hit in the eye.
- A shadow in the peripheral (side) vision that can be stationary (non-moving) or progress toward, and involve, the center of vision.
- A gray curtain is covering part of your field of vision.
In other cases of retinal detachment, some may not be aware of any changes in their vision. The severity of the symptoms is often related to the extent of the detachment.
What Causes A Detached Retina?
Many things can cause a detached retina, and your eye doctor can inform you if you are more at risk than others for the condition. The most common risk factor for retinal detachment is age. Most people who experience retinal detachment are over the age of 40. However, retinal detachment can occur at any age if you sustain blunt force trauma or people who have diabetes are prone to developing retinal detachment. Also, individuals with severe nearsightedness or close family members who have experienced a retinal detachment are at risk of developing a detached retina.
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If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, the most critical step you can take is to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to ensure proper diagnosis and management.
References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retina Specialists