Today is the first day of Fall! To fully enjoy this season, you may need some lubricating eye drops on the windy days and you will want some sunglasses on the sunny days. Remember to always protect your eyes while doing yard work. The colors of the leaves will start changing soon. If you have cataracts, these colors will not appear as bright and vibrant to you. Don’t miss out on any of the beauty of this season! Come see us for any of your eye needs!
Everyone, including children, needs to have a good pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses provide much needed protection to the eyes. Graves Gilbert eye doctors want to caution you that too much exposure to UV light raises the risks of eye diseases- including cataract, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), growths on the eye, and cancer.
Studies show that you are twice as likely to get AMD if you have spent a lot of time in the sun in your early years. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older people.
Growths on the eye, such as pterygium, show up especially in anyone who spends long hours in the mid-day sun or in UV-intense conditions.
Taking protective measures- wearing a hat or sunglasses- can dramatically reduce some of those additional sun-related risks.
Come visit our optical shop, Clinic Optical, and check out some stylish choices that also provide great UV protection! Stacy Suoy, manager of Clinic Optical, is happy to help find the best pair of sunglasses for you!
The American Academy of Ophthalmology urges the use of protective eyewear when using consumer fireworks. According to the latest U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission report on fireworks injuries, more than 11,000 injuries occurred in 2013, with 1 in 6 fireworks injuries damaging the eyes. The most severe injuries include ruptured eyeballs, chemical and thermal burns and corneal abrasions, all of which can permanently impact a person’s vision. Some hospitals have started keeping an operating room open on call just to treat Fourth of July fireworks eye injuries.
The safest way to avoid injury, according to the Academy, is to attend a professional display rather than using fireworks at home. Those of you who still choose to use consumer fireworks should never allow young children to handle them. People handling fireworks or standing near fireworks should always use protective eyewear!
If an eye inury from fireworks occurs, seek medical attention immediately and follow these guidelines:
-Do not rub, rinse, or apply pressure to your eyes.
-Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
-Do not apply ointments or take any blood thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
For more information, visit www.aao.org.