The summer can take its toll on our eyes, whether it comes in the form of hay fever, chlorine in swimming pools or simply increased exposure to sunlight.

Here are some tips of enjoying the summer safely:

Eye protection

Sunlight can increase the long-term risk of developing conditions such as cataracts. Make sure you, and your children protect your eyes with good-quality sunglasses.

Hay fever

Hay fever sufferers endure symptoms including itchy eyes and nose, sneezing, runny or blocked nose and difficulty in breathing. Exposure to pollen may also set off an allergic reaction, leaving eyes swollen and weepy.

• Avoid pollen as much as possible by closing windows and keeping surfaces clear with a damp duster.
• Wear sunglasses which may help to protect your eyes from dust and pollen.
• Visit your pharmacist to get medicated eye drops to help alleviate the itching and swelling. If you wear contact lenses remember to check if you can use the drops while your lenses are in.
• Wear your spectacles rather than your contact lenses when the pollen count is especially high. The level of pollen is usually lower in the evenings so you may find the symptoms ease during that time of the day.
• The warmer Summer months can take their toll on your eyes, from the effects of pollen to the chlorine in swimming pools and increased light exposure itself.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:
McKenna & Scott Pinelands
Tel: 021 531 1953