You take the time to worry about your heart and your lungs, so why wouldn't you think about your eye health? If you are like most people, it might be because you don't know that much about how to take care of your eyes. Fortunately, I have been working with other people to teach them about eye health for the past twenty years. My father lost his eyesight because of a few bad decisions, and I don't want to see other people go down that path. Read here to learn why you should exercise, eat right, and see your eye doctor regularly.
Did you know that you can sunburn your eyes, even when you don't look directly at the sun? Or that allergies in your eyes can cause more than simple discomfort? There are many ways your eyes can be susceptible to injury or worse when you're outdoors, which can be prevented by performing proper eye care as recommended by your eye care center specialist. If you are currently suffering from itchy, red, blurry, or watering eyes and using cold compresses, allergy medications, or hydrating eye drops are not helping and you feel the outdoors is to blame, see your eye care specialist right away.
Here are ways you can care for your eyes when you're outdoors. Your eye care center specialist can assist you with prescription eye drops, special contact lenses or sunglasses, and can provide you with other care if needed. Continue to see your eye care specialist regularly to ensure your eye health is good.
Wear proper sunglasses outdoors
Sunglasses that have complete UV ray protection can help keep your eyes from getting damaged in the sun. If you have ever experienced red, itchy, gritty, or sensitive eyes after spending time outside, particularly in areas where the sun reflects back at your face — such as over the water or in the snow — then you have likely experienced a sunburn or photokeratitis before.
Since the sun can cause serious eye damage over time, such as macular degeneration or even cataracts, it's important that you perform the best eye care you can for your eyes. Your eye doctor can prescribe you prescription sunglasses if you wear corrective lenses or can recommend contact lenses and other eyewear with both UVA and UVB ray protection in them,
Avoid over-using eye drops
If you use eye drops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable when you're outside, whether you have allergies, sensitivities to wind, or have other reasons for using eye drops, do so with caution. Part of your normal eye care routine is to ensure your eyes are producing enough of their own tears and to keep your eyes comfortable, so if you're using eye drops every day or several times a day, you may be causing more damage to your eyes than you realize.
Eye drops shouldn't be used for more than a few weeks at a time, so if you're using them more often, see your eye care specialist for assistance. This way, you can learn new ways to keep your eyes healthy and free of irritation.
For more information, contact an eye care center in your area.