Summertime Eye Care

eye care for summerWhen the clouds of winter fade away and the summertime sun takes over, a lot changes in how we take care of our eyes. Who are we kidding? The weather in Maui is beautiful pretty much year-round! For this reason, summertime eye care tips really apply throughout the entire year.

Eyewear

There are several different types of eyewear that should be considered, not just sunglasses that will protect your eyes from UV damage. However, let us touch on this subject. When your eyes are exposed to UV rays day after day, year after year, your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, two serious eye conditions, increases. So find a fashionable, comfortable pair of shades with polarized lenses. You will be happy you did.

Eyewear for Sports

Your eyes need protection whether you are at the beach on your surfboard or at the local pool.

  • Chlorine can cause irritation, so wear goggles
  • Remove contact lenses before swimming or using a hot tub. Bacteria in the water can cause eye infection. If you wear contacts and love swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving, prescription goggles are available.

Seasonal Allergies

No one likes the constant issues of allergies, such as itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose. Most seasonal allergies are related to pollen, which is not unheard of in Hawaii due to our lush vegetation.

  • If you have hay fever, avoid pollen by keeping windows closed when pollen counts are high.
  • Protect your eyes from dust by wearing sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Relieve itching and swelling with over-the-counter eye drops for allergies. Confirm with your pharmacist or eye doctor if drops can be used with contact lenses, if you wear them.
  • If you wear contact lenses, switch to prescription eyeglasses on days when pollen is high.

Healthy Living

We live on Maui! Who doesn’t love to spend time outdoors whenever possible? However, there are special precautions that specifically apply to those who wear contact lenses. This is because the coverage of the lens of the eye naturally increases the risk of infection.

  • Consider wearing prescription eyeglasses or using disposable, daily-wear contacts while on vacation, when your normal eye care routine may be disrupted.
  • Clean contact lenses thoroughly if they fall onto the counter or floor. This requires an approved contact lens solution, not licking your contact and sticking it right back in your eye. Remember, there is bacteria in your mouth, too.
  • Wash your hands prior to inserting contact lenses.

Aloha Eye Clinic has two offices to serve you. Call for your eye exam today.

 

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