During the hot summer days in Los Angeles we often spend more time outdoors at the beach, in the pool or at BBQs. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can have long lasting effects on eye health when eyes go unprotected. UV exposure can lead to more rapid onset of cataracts, abnormal growth on the eye surface, skin cancer around the eyelid, and macular degeneration. Often times, the damage is gradual and unnoticeable. It is important for both adults and children to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes even during overcast days.
Spring is here with sunny days and spring flowers. Springtime can also be a difficult time for those suffering from allergies. if you have red and itchy or teary eyes, make a visit to your optometrist. They can help you determine whether the problem is dry eye, inflammation or an eye infection.
Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a common and highly contagious infection of the eye. Some of the symptoms include eyelid itching, burning or swelling, tenderness and swelling in front of the ears, excessive tearing, and whitish drainage. Symptoms usually last from 5-7 days, but can extend to 3 weeks and become chronic. Pinkeye can be either viral or bacterial in origin and it can be passed easily through contact with an infected individual or object. Pinkeye may be a serious problem for those who wear contact lenses, have vision in only one eye, or who are immunocompromised.