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Summer Heat Wave and Your Eyes

This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in certain areas, it’s now more important than ever to protect yourself.

For best practices and tips for maintaining healthy vision in the summer heat, talk to the The Vision Centers.

How Can Heat Affect Vision?

Staying out in the sun too long can give you a sunburn and make you feel exhausted. Did you know that it can affect your vision, too?

If you get dehydrated, lack of moisture can make it hard for your eyes to naturally produce enough tears, which can contribute to seasonal dry eye. If you already have dry eye, extremely dry heat can exacerbate your symptoms of itchy, red, sore, and irritated eyes.

Do you sit in front of a fan or air conditioning system? That may feel great, but it can also contribute to dryer and less comfortable eyes.

To give your eyes some temporary relief, keep artificial tears on hand. If your eyes still feel dry or uncomfortable, contact The Vision Centers.

If You Love the Sun, Read This

Golden sunshine may sound dreamy, but too much isn’t a good thing.

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be very harmful, and your eyes are no exception. UV radiation, which can gradually contribute to eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Dr. Christopher Chiodo, OD recommends that you always wear sunglasses with 100% of UVA and UVB light blocking protection. There’s no shortage of trendy and sunglasses, designed with a flair for fashion, so you won’t have to compromise on style while protecting your eyes from dangerous UV rays.

Excessive sun exposure can cause headaches, blurry vision, eye pain, and eyestrain. So while you’re out at the pool, hanging out at the beach, sunbathing, or at a backyard barbeque, pay close attention to how much time you’re outside.

If you love the sunshine, you just need to protect yourself. Wear hats, sunscreen, and, of course, 100% UV protective polarized sunglasses. But if you experience discomfort or symptoms that don’t go away on their own, then it’s time to visit your eye doctor.

Computer Vision Syndrome in the Summer

There’s nothing quite like a family road trip or flying to a vacation getaway over the summer. Yet something about being stuck in the backseat of a car or inside of an airplane makes kids feel closed in and restless. It’s then that many kids will play on a smartphone, iPad, or gaming device over many hours to help pass the time.

When it comes to kids and computer use, they’re just as susceptible to the effects of digital eye strain, also called Computer Vision Syndrome, as adults are. In fact, studies show that 25% of children spend more than 3 hours each day on digital devices.

In the summer, when the heat is sizzling, it’s tempting for kids to spend more time than usual watching TV, using a computer, or playing games on their smartphones. To help ease the effects of digital eyestrain, Dr. Christopher Chiodo, OD suggests following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something at least 20 feet away. It’s a great way to counteract the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome and let the eyes rest.

This summer, however you choose to beat the heat, don’t forget to protect your vision and keep your eyes strong and healthy. The The Vision Centers is always here to help if you have any questions.

Have a great summer!

Coffee and Eyesight

Everyone is aware of the fact that many of our senses start to fade as we get older. The two senses whose disintegration is the most detrimental are obviously vision and hearing, and researchers have just discovered another substance that can quicken the deterioration of a person’s eyesight. Unfortunately for students pulling all-nighters and employees who work the third shift, this substance is coffee.

A recent study published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science journal suggests that people who drink three cups of coffee a day have an increased risk over people who don’t drink coffee of developing a certain type of glaucoma. This effect was of course most pronounced in people who had family histories of the disease, but even those who had no history experienced an increased risk.

The researchers concluded that the occurrence of the disorder was likely due to certain compounds within the coffee that may have the potential of increasing pressure within a person’s eye. These compounds can cause material to be rubbed off of a person’s lens and iris, and this material then blocks the eye’s natural draining capabilities. When this draining system is clogged, the fluids continue building up in the eyeball and eventually lead to the pressure that causes what is known as exfoliation glaucoma.

The study looked at around 120,000 people over several years to reach its conclusion, so it’s a good bet that the results of the study are valid. What was really peculiar is the fact that other caffeinated drinks like tea and soda did not have the same effect. Even decaffeinated coffee failed to produce the same results. This means that something contained specifically in caffeinated coffee is causing these problems. Regardless of what the underlying factor is causing issue, it’s likely a good idea for everyone to reduce their daily coffee intake.