During the summer months, Arizonans are often painfully aware of the sun, the heat and the importance of ultraviolet eye protection. Most people know that you shouldn’t forget to don your sunglasses before heading out to the pool or the lake to protect your eyes from the harsh summer sun. However, some may not think about the need for UV protection while enjoying the outdoors during the winter. It’s just as important to wear sunglasses when heading up to the mountains to play in the snow. The thinner atmosphere at Arizona’s higher elevations filters significantly less UV Rays and snow on the ground can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays back towards your eyes.
Spring is here, the birds are singing, flowers are blooming and, unfortunately, your eyes may be itching. Allergy season is now in full swing in Southern Arizona. Every spring thousands of people suffer from a wide range of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, but the eyes, in particular, can be especially sensitive to allergens.
The skin around the eyelids is particularly sensitive to allergens, which can result in red and puffy eyelids. The whites of the eyes can swell giving a person a glassy-eyed look. The eyes may water excessively and can discharge mucus. Finally, the primary symptom of ocular allergies is itching.
Eye exams are much more than just getting a prescription for glasses. While being able to see with glasses is not a trivial thing, the most important reason for getting an eye exam is to check the health of your eyes. There are a few very common eye diseases that when left untreated can cause a loss of vision or even blindness. One of the more insidious of these diseases is glaucoma because there are no symptoms at all in the early to middle stages of the disease.