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Seasonal Eye Health: How to Avoid Eye Allergies & Eye Injury

Spring and Summer Days in the Sun's Rays: Budding flowers and baseball games are a sight for sore eyes after a long winter - but don't forget to protect your eyes as you enjoy the great outdoors

Starting to See Red?

Red, itchy, and watery eyes may blow in with spring pollen

Allergies in the US are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness

50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year to the tune of $18+ billion


  • Close windows during high pollen periods and use the AC in your home/car
  • Wear glasses/sunglasses when outdoors to shield your eyes from pollen
  • Take non prescription meds or go see an allergist for artificial tears, decongestant eyedrops, or oral antihistamines

Spring Into Sports

Tennis, golf, soccer, tee-ball, etc., are warm weather sports that have potential to cause serious eye injuries

Eye Injuries are the Leading Cause of Blindness in US Children

  • An estimated 100,000 doctor visits/year and $175+ million are caused by sports-related injuries in school-age children
  • 90% of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided with the use of protective eyewear
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Time to get out of the house and grab your sunscreen—but don’t forget your sunglasses!

Don't Be Fooled By Cloudy Days

Even when the sun’s rays are hidden behind the clouds it can still shine through illusive shade

  • Light eyes have long term risk
    • People with light colored eyes are at increased risk for certain eye diseases as their eyes contain less of the protective pigment melanin
  • Protect yourself from a perennial problem
    • Pack a hat with at least a 3” brim that can block up to half of all UVB rays from your eyes and eyelids and to protect your eyes and your scalp from the sun
    • Peak times for direct sunlight are generally 10 am-3 pm, so limit or avoid sun exposure during these hours

Prescription eyeglasses in the US provide UV protection while retaining a clear, non-tinted appearance—but even with 20/20 vision—UV protection is a must!

Don’t Take UV Protection for Your Eyes Lightly

41% of consumers reported that they don’t check UV protection level on sunglasses before buying and only 30% reported that UV protection was #1 buying factor

It’s no surprise that unprotected skin exposed to the sun’s rays can cause melanoma/lymphoma cancers, but your eyes are also at risk for

  • Cataracts: Progressive clouding and yellowing of the eye’s focusing mechanism
  • Photokeratitis (Sunburn of the eye):Red eyes, gritty feeling in you eye, and extreme sensitivity to light called “snow blindness”
  • Pterygium: Abnormal growth on the eye

Sunglasses Should Go Overboard and Oversized

  • 99-100% of ultraviolet radiation should be blocked
  • 75-90% of visible light filtered out
  • Gradient lenses should lighten gradually from top to bottom

Polarized Sunglasses Can Save Your Eyesight from UV Inensity

If you love to joyride with the convertible top down or fish every weekend polarized lenses are a must

The Science Behind Polarized Glasses

  • Contains laminated filters with vertical stripes that break down glare like a venetian blind
  • Only vertical light can pass through and the wavelengths of light that cause glare are eliminated
  • Enhances contrast and perception of colors

Polarized lenses immensely reduce reflected sun glare off of water, snow, or cement and are recommended for:

  • Truck drivers
  • Sailors/boaters
  • Water/snow skiers
  • Fisherman
  • Divers

Hydration for Your Eyes

Working up a sweat hiking, biking, or just catching some rays can cause dehydration if you’re not drinking plenty of water. Drink extra water before and during sun time excursions.

  • Dehydration can cause your eyes stop producing tears, leading to dry eye/eye strain
    • Tears provide clear vision by washing away foreign matter in the eye and reducing the risk of infection
  • Ease your eye suffering
    • Eye drops can help in a pinch to alleviate dry eye symptoms by lubricating the eye and washing away any unwanted materials

Take a closer look at sunglasses this season and grab some wraparound frames, wide lenses, and 100% UV protection before you enjoy the great outdoors!

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