We here at The Eye Associates know how you feel: summer is finally here and we can play outside! But before you head down the river, or pack up for a long camping trip in the mountains, take a moment to think about bringing along some eye protection.
After all, did you know that the American Academy of Ophthalmology links extended UV radiation and exposure to elements like wind and dust to eye issues like pinguecula and pterygium? Pinguecula (a yellow spot on your eye formed from calcium, protein, or fat) and Pterygium (a growth of fleshy tissue) may start out benign, but can impact vision and signal damage to the eye that we want to avoid.
Keep reading for the best ways to keep your eyes safe this summer!
Understand the Risk of UV Radiation
On any given day, your exposure to UV radiation may vary wildly. Depending on numerous factors like elevation, time of day, and proximity to water, you may be putting unnecessary strain on your eyes. UV rays are stronger the higher you go up into the mountains, during the hottest part of the day, and the closer you are to rivers, lakes, and even snow. Don’t underestimate the power of UV radiation, as it can still affect you on a cloudy day.
Invest in Quality Eye Protection
Know the difference between free sunglasses from the fair, and quality sunglasses that will protect your eyes. One great way of knowing the difference is a little sticker that says: “100% UV Protection.” When it comes to quality eye-protection, we always assume there’s some risk of UV radiation and pack accordingly. We keep a pair of sunglasses in our cars, in our boats, and even in our gear bags for when we’re going outdoors.
Keeping your eyes protected from damaging UV rays is important all year round, but many of us spend more time outside in the summer than other parts of the year. If you’re interested in a consultation with The Eye Associates, give us a call at 208-342-5151 for our Meridian location, or 208-459-0717 for our Caldwell location.
In addition to regular eye check ups, there are specific steps you can take every day to help guard your eyes against disease and keep them healthy. A proper diet, not smoking, proper eye care, and limiting computer time are all ways you can keep your eyes in check.
- Eating well: Start they day off by not only nourishing your body, but helping your eyes as well. Fill your plate with nutrients like lutein, zinc, vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. When you visit the grocery store, look for the following foods: salmon, tuna, citrus fruits, oysters, pork, eggs, nuts, beans, kale, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables.
- Stop smoking: Smoking makes you more susceptible to developing cataracts, hurting your optic nerve, and macular degeneration. If you’ve already attempted to quit smoking, try again! Ask your doctor for help and the best resources to help you put a halt to this unhealthy habit. You can do it!
- Wear your sunglasses: Whenever you leave the house, grab your sunglasses. The correct pair of sunglasses can help shield your eyes from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays. If you go overboard on the UV exposure, you will increase your chance of getting cataracts or macular degeneration.
- Use eyewear protection: If you have an occupation that exposes you to hazardous materials or airborne objects, protective goggles or safety glasses are a must. If you play sports like ice hockey and racquetball be sure you have the right protective eye wear as well.
- Take a rest from the computer: With technological advancements, U.S. adults (and kids) spend an increasing amount of time in front of screens. Staring at the computer for too long can contribute to eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes, neck pain, and shoulder pain. To protect your eyes try looking away from the screen every now and then and blink a few times. Also, try using an anti-glare screen.
Arrange a consultation
Remember, one of the best ways to maintain eye health is to schedule regular eye exams. Call now to schedule your next appointment with The Eye Associates. You can contact our office at (Meridian) 208-342-5151 or (Caldwell) 208-459-0717.
Gone are the days of relying solely on eyeglasses and contact lenses to see clearly. KAMRA inlays and LASIK are two common procedures for correcting vision, but each has unique benefits that may help you make an informed decision about which procedure is right for you.
How Does Vision Correction Work?
Wearing contact lenses and eyeglasses improves your vision by providing a lens that accounts for any blurred area of vision. Modern vision correction techniques work in much the same way. LASIK and KAMRA involve changes to your cornea that are proven to give patients better vision.
What is LASIK?
LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a procedure that uses laser technology to remove portions of the cornea. Re-shaping the cornea improves vision at all distances, and patients no longer need eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.
What are KAMRA Inlays?
KAMRA inlays were specifically designed for men and women who only rely on reading glasses for near vision. An implant is placed on the cornea to improve vision while reading and performing other close-up tasks.
Why Should I Choose One Procedure Over the Other?
The primary difference between LASIK and KAMRA inlays is the amount of vision correction that is achieved. LASIK does not help with close-up vision problems because the blurriness is not caused by the cornea shape. Some patients prefer KAMRA inlays to eliminate the need for reading glasses, even if they continue to use eyeglasses and contact lenses for seeing at other distances. LASIK makes permanent changes to the cornea, whereas KAMRA inlays are synthetic implants that are inserted into the cornea. LASIK is typically performed on both eyes, and the KAMRA inlay is inserted into only one eye. Your eye care professional helps you choose the best option for your vision needs.
Learn More About KAMRA Inlays and LASIK. Contact The Eye Associates.
To learn more about KAMRA inlays, LASIK, dry eye treatments, pediatric eye care and our other services, contact The Eye Associates to schedule an appointment. You can contact our office in Meridian, Idaho, directly at (208) 342-5151 and our office in Caldwell, Idaho at (208) 459-0717.