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Summer Heat Wave and Your Eyes

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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 Richie Eye Clinic - Faribault.

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 Richie Eye Clinic - Faribault.

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. Michael G. Richie, M.D. 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, Michael G. Richie, M.D. 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 Richie Eye Clinic - Faribault is always here to help if you have any questions.

Have a great summer!

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We are well into the weirdest time any of us have ever experienced. Not since World War II have we seen these kinds of actions and steps to keep us safe.

Bars and restaurants are shuttered by order of the Governor and social distancing leaves many of us confined to our homes. Everyone is more tech savvy as we learn Facetime, Netflix, video streaming and GrubHub.

Businesses are limited to “essential services” only making most of us reorder our priorities. However important we thought our work was before this, we have a new found appreciation for the folks who deliver goods to the store, stock the shelves, scrub the floors and take out the garbage.

Kids are learning online, people who never dreamed they could be working remotely are doing so, and tele-everything is taking off.

With Governor Walz’ announcement on March 25th, we have at least another 2 weeks of Shelter In Place to endure (enjoy?).

At Richie Eye Clinic, we are doing our part, too. We are open on a limited basis for urgent and emergent problems including eye pain, sudden loss of vision, infections, foreign bodies in the eye, and those who are receiving injections for macular degeneration, diabetes, and other retinal issues.

Although we have limited staffing, we are here to answer your questions, so if your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message; we will return your call as soon as possible.

As society continues in “lockdown” mode, rest assured that we are here for you when you need us and, together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Mike Richie