Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes warm sunny weather and a wealth of outdoor activities! Don’t let seasonal eye issues dampen your enjoyment this spring; follow these simple DOs and DON’Ts and bring on the fun!
1. Sunshine feels great, but there’s no such things as a “healthy tan” for your eyes. Overexposure to the sun’s rays, along with wind and dust, can cause or contribute to everything from retinal damage to growths (known as pterygia) on the white of the eye and cataracts.
DO wear 100% UV blocking sunglasses and/or a brimmed hat whenever you are outdoors.
DON’T go around blindfolded.
2. The sun’s rays can be especially dangerous near water, where they are striking the eye from above at the same time they are being reflected from below.
DO consider polarized sunglasses if you are a boater, fisherman, or water skier, as these can fight glare more effectively than normal UV-blocking sunglasses.
DON’T wear two pairs of sunglasses at once – one for above and one for below your eyes.
3. Spring is when everything starts to turn green and blossom. Unfortunately, that means pollen in the air, and for many of us, the beginning of allergy season. Red, itchy, and watery eyes are common in the spring.
DO use artificial tears to flush pollen and other allergens from the surface of the eye. There are a lot of different allergy drops available but the goods ones usually require a prescription.
DON’T wear a gas mask, space helmet, or fishbowl on your head.
4. Stay hydrated! Dry eyes are often a symptom of overall dehydration, and they can make the symptoms of seasonal allergies more severe at the same time that the allergies are making the eyes feel drier.
DO drink plenty of water or electrolyte-containing sports drinks.
DON’T pour the water or sports drinks directly into the eye.