Our eyes are subjected to a lot of testing environments and conditions on a regular basis, and while they are sturdy and well-equipped to deal with the majority of everyday challenges, there are certain forces of nature that, if not actively protected against, can cause short and long term damage. As you prepare for your eagerly awaited getaway with the family, it’s important to pack for weather conditions that could be harmful to your eyes. Here are some top line tips to ensure your vision is kept protected and healthy during your next adventure.
Pack Your Shades
We all know the dangers of the sun’s UV rays. We are frequently warned of the risks posed to skincare and the importance of wearing suncream, but it is just as important to wear sunglasses. A little known fact is there are two types of UV rays: UV-A and UV-B. UV-A can damage your central vision, the macula in particular. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in older generations. UV-B rays can be more harmful than UV-A rays, causing cataracts and ultimately vision loss.
When you come to buying a pair of sunglasses, be sure to check whether they actually offer UV protection. Dark tints can be misleading and many cheap designs typically offer little to no protection. Sunglasses should state clearly if they block UV rays and most will provide an indication of precisely how effective they are. Look for labels with a UV 400 rating to ensure 100% protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays.
Dry eye syndrome is a common and unpleasant problem that can cause sore burning sensations, redness, blurred vision and watery or weepy eyes. While there are various scenarios that can lead to its development, one of the leading causes is hot climates. It’s a condition that can affect people of all ages, and it is strongly advised that you visit your optician to get it examined should you contract it. They will be able to check that it is not a symptom of an underlying condition and provide necessary treatment, typically in the form of eye drops that help lubricate and moisturise the eyes.
If you are heading to a hot destination, refrain from wearing eye makeup as mascara and eyeliner can block eyelid glands, leading to inflammation. Keep your eyes clean and wear wrap-around glasses if you are in particularly windy or dusty environments, as these conditions can also cause dry eyes.
Shielding Cold Winds
If you’re off skiing, or are heading away for a family cycling holiday, you will need to prepare for cold weather winds which carry with them the risk of eye irritations such as dry and watery eyes. Exposure to strong winds can most commonly lead to a loss of natural moisture. Simply wearing regular sunglasses is often not enough to prevent the harsh air from harming your eyes. For sufficient protection, you should invest in some wrap-around glasses or goggles.
If you have questions surrounding the topics discussed or are concerned about any aspect of eye health in general, talk to an optician for further information and advice. At Leightons our expert opticians can provide tailored treatment and recommendations to anyone with concerns regarding eye and ear care. Get in touch or book an appointment at your local branch.
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