Summer means long days lounging outside by the pool or going on beach vacations with your family. That said, you should be aware that spending too much time in the sun can be dangerous to your health. In particular, you might increase your risk of developing eye problems.
In today’s post, your eye doctor talks about some eye conditions that are common in the summer.
Summer causes a rise in temperature and pollutants in the air that can cause eye allergies. Symptoms may include eye redness, itchiness and a burning sensation. If you’re experiencing eye allergies, contact your eye doctor for treatment.
Also referred to as pink eye, conjunctivitis is common during the summer months and can sometimes be contagious. It causes eye redness, irritation and even swelling. You can also have pricking sensation and water discharge in your eyes. Since this condition can be viral, bacterial or allergic, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor so we can prescribe an appropriate management.
A stye is a bacterial infection that causes a swollen bump on the eyelid. It causes redness, swelling and pain in your eyes. We may prescribe antibiotics.
Another common problem you may encounter during summer is dry eyes. Because of the rise in temperature, your eyes’ tear film may evaporate too quickly. As a result, your eyes won’t be properly lubricated, leading to irritation and a burning sensation. Your eye doctor may recommend applying artificial tears to moisturize your eyes.
For more information on how protect your eyes in the summer, call us at (425) 771-8472 for Alderwood Optical or (425) 485-0430 for Canyon Park Vision Clinic. You can also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Redmond, Kirkland and nearby WA communities.