Protecting Your Eyes from Summer
the proper precautions, summer can be a rough season for your eyes. Dr.
Gregg Feinerman, board-certified ophthalmologist and eye
surgeon, recently offered advice for protecting your eyes against
common summer irritants.
- Chlorine: In a new
survey by ROHTO eye drops*, one-third of American adults indicated that
the chlorine in swimming pools is a top cause of eye irritation for
them. "Always wear goggles or keep your eyes closed when putting your
head under chlorinated water," said Dr. Feinerman. "After swimming, you
can refresh your eyes with eye drops - I like them because they provide
a gentle cooling sensation and instant relief for redness and dryness."
- Sun: Even one day
in the sun can result in "photokeratitis," or a burned cornea, and over
time, sun exposure can contribute to cataracts, so always wear
sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection. "Wearing sunglasses without
the proper UV filters can trick your eyes into thinking they're
protected them they're not," explained Dr. Feinerman.
- Allergens: Americans
identified allergies as the primary cause of eye irritation in the
ROHTO survey. Yard work, such as mowing the lawn, often kicks up
allergens into the air. "Those with especially sensitive eyes may want
wear work goggles when doing yard work," says Dr. Feinerman. "You can
also try soothing eye drops to reduce itch, irritation, redness and
- Salt Water and Sand:
The beach isn't the best place for your eyes - anyone who's ever gotten
ocean water or sand in their eyes knows it's not a pleasant feeling!
Protect yourself from windblown sand by wearing sunglasses or shielding
your face with a hat. Rinse your hands with fresh water after swimming
in the ocean to avoid touching your eyes with salt water.
For more information on Dr. Gregg Feinerman, visit www.feinermanvision.com.