Learn the simple strategies to protect your eyes this summer from eye doctor John L. Henahan, OD of Spectrum Eyecare in Peachtree City.
1) Safety glasses:
When working in your garden, mowing the lawn, blowing leaves, etc. you should always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes. We see patients who have gotten a foreign body in the eye almost daily. Nearly every one of these painful injuries could have been prevented with safety glasses. Many wrap style sunglasses can double as safety glasses for those bright, sunny days.
The long sunny days by the pool, on the golf course, or lake are wonderfully relaxing but they expose your eyes to large doses of UV radiation. Over time, this exposure increases the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. These are two of the most common causes of vision loss. Surgery or injections into the eye may be required if you develop one of these eye diseases. Wearing UV protective, polarized sunglasses can protect your eyes from this threat to your vision.
3) Eat Fresh Vegetables and Fruits:
The bounty of the farm is at it’s fullest during the summer. Many studies have shown that eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and fruits can drastically reduce the risk of macular degeneration. New data suggests that the risk of glaucoma can also be reduced by up to 70%. Take advantage of locally grown during the season as they have the highest density of micronutrients to help protect your eyes long term health.
4) Wear Goggles:
If you swim a lot, the chlorine content (or high salt levels in salt water pools) can irritate the delicate focusing lens of the eye called the cornea. As you swim laps, be sure to wear goggles. They will keep the water off of your cornea. If you are lounging in the pool but not putting your face in the water much, you are better served by wearing sunglasses. Remember, water reflects sunlight and UV radiation into the eye. Be sure your sunglasses are big enough to provide adequate coverage of both direct and reflected sunlight.
5) Avoid wearing contact lenses in the water:
Contact lenses will absorb chlorine, bacteria and any other noxious substance that might be in the water if you open your eyes under water. The most dangerous eye infection is almost always caused by an organism from the pool getting into the contact lens. This allows the organism to penetrate into the cornea and often results in blindness. If you think your contacts have been contaminated by water, dispose of them immediately and start with a fresh pair the next day. A red, painful eye should be considered serious and warrants a call to your eye doctor.
To contact Spectrum Eyecare, call 770-487-0667 or visit them on the web at SpecEye.com.