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A Few Tips for Protecting Your Family’s Eyes This Summer

Eye Protection for SummerSummertime brings with it a number of potential hazards for every member of your family’s eye health. From excessive sun exposure to chemicals in swimming pools to projectiles from lawn mowers, special consideration should be given to each summer activity with regards to eye protection and eye health.

Here are a few tips for safe-guarding the eyes of every member of your family this summer:

Wear a Hat and Sunglasses

Sun bathing in your back yard, boating on Lake Erie, spending the day at your county fair or experiencing the thrills of the roller coasters at Cedar Point all bring with them the potential for over exposure to the sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Too many UV rays can cause a variety of eye problems from burned corneas to accelerating the development of cataracts.

Putting on a hat with a visor and wearing a good pair of sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays can save you from painful eye problems and distorted vision both now and in the future.  Make sure every member of the family wears a hat and proper sunglasses from the youngest child to mom and dad.

Wear Safety Goggles

Mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, building a bird house or sawing wood for the camp fire all have great potential for generating projectiles that could damage someone’s eye.  Before starting any of these activities, invest in a quality pair of safety goggles that are specifically made to protect your eyes during these types of projects. Sunglasses or your regular eyeglasses probably don’t provide the protection you need in these situations. Anyone who is helping or in the vicinity when these activities are being performed should be wearing safety goggles too.

Avoid Strong Chemicals

Swimming in a pool with too much chlorine or other chemicals can lead to red eyes, burning eyes and dry eyes.  These eye conditions can all be very uncomfortable and irritating. If your eyes start to sting or hurt when swimming, simply get out of the pool and rinse your eyes with clean water. Then, don’t go back in the pool unless the chemicals have been balanced. If burning or irritation of the eyes persists for more than a few hours, you should contact your eye doctor.

Get Eyes Examined and Talk to Your Eye Doctor

Summer is a great time to get caught up on eye exams for every member of the family. While at your eye exam, talk to your eye doctor about your family’s summertime activities and what he or she recommends to protect each family member’s precious vision.

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Importance of Sunglasses in Winter

why sunglasses are important in winter by Shawnee OpticalThe first snowflakes of winter will be falling before we know it. It will soon be time to break out the sweaters, scarves, gloves, wool socks and long underwear. As you are preparing your winter apparel, don’t forget your sunglasses. Here’s why:

Winter UV Rays      

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays may not seem as potent in the winter as they do in the summer, but they are.  In fact, they are often times more intense during the winter months. Exposing your eyes to ultraviolet rays without proper protection can lead to eye damage of the cornea, lens and retina. UV exposure also contributes to certain types of cataracts.

Snow Blindness

UV rays can actually cause sunburned eyes. This condition is commonly known as snow blindness. Skiers and snowmobilers are particularly susceptible to snow blindness but it can happen to anyone outdoors in the winter time without the proper eye protection.

Winter Glare 

All surfaces reflect light but during the winter months, snow or ice intensifies these reflections. Snow and ice reflect nearly 85% of the sun’s rays, according to the Vision Council of America which can significantly interfere with your vision and cause hazardous situations, especially when driving a motor vehicle.

Changing Light Conditions of Winter

Winter is characterized by overcast skies, bright sun and many days with an ever-changing mix of both conditions. Our eyes require a specific amount of light to achieve good vision. Too much light or too little light will not foster consistently clear vision. Sunglasses balance the amount of light reaching your eyes which promotes good vision and comfort during the winter months.

Cold Winds of Winter

Cold winds during the winter months and the particles these winds carry can irritate your eyes. Sunglasses are an effective “wind block”, protecting your eyes from drying, reducing evaporation of tears and keeping your eyes moist. If you wear contact lenses, sunglasses can be a vital tool for clear vision and comfort.

Protecting your and all members of your family’s eyes during the winter months is important. Sunglasses are an essential item in your winter gear and apparel. They allow you to adapt quickly to changing light conditions and a proper fit will protect your eyes from UV rays as well as the extreme reflections generated from snow and ice covered surfaces.

Discuss proper eye protection and eye health for the winter months with your eye doctor. He or she will be able to provide you with the eye care and eye wear guidance and advice you need to satisfy the needs of your unique lifestyle.

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The Importance of Eye Care at Every Stage in Your Life

Vision problems are common and affect everyone from infants to senior citizens. Proper eye care and eye wear at every stage in life are very important in order to see clearly and prevent future eye health issues.

A problem with a child’s vision can be the underlying cause of learning difficulties in school. The process of learning is highly visual and is dependent on clear vision. Eye care for children begins at the start of life. A pediatrician should examine a new born infant’s eyes at birth. Eye examinations should also be performed when a child is 6 months old, 2 years old, then at least every two years after that unless more frequent examinations are required.

Teenagers are prone to ultraviolet rays from the sun and the harmful impact ultraviolet rays can have on eyes if protective eye wear such as sunglasses are not used. Research shows 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet rays occurs by the age of 18. Extra-curricular school activities such as sports often times necessitate protective or corrective eye wear.  Clear vision helps teens participating in these programs perform at their best. Protective eye wear worn during these types of activities prevents eye injuries. Regular eye examinations during the teen years are essential to future eye health.

Corrected vision and healthy eyes are vital to adults. We all live very busy lives and need to take care of all aspects of our health, including eye health, in order to cope with stress and enjoy life to the fullest. While you may not notice any issues with your vision or overall eye health, a regular eye exam is still necessary to detect problems that may be emerging. If your family has a history of eye disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, regular eye exams must be conducted to monitor and identify whether or not these conditions are affecting you.

As we continue to age and reach the advanced stages of life, the risk of eye disease and eye problems increases dramatically.  Annual eye examinations are critical to maintaining vision and staying active during your senior years.

Developing a trusted relationship with an eye care professional is just as important as your relationship with a primary care physician.  At Shawnee Optical, we have been nurturing long-term relationships with patients for over 30 years. We get know our patients, their families and their lifestyles. This helps us understand their eye health history, their susceptibility to specific eye problems, their eye wear needs and enables us to deliver the very best eye care and level of service.  A relationship like this saves our patients both time and money.

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