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Water Sports Eye Safety

Sports are a fun way stay healthy, and in the summer, water sports are a great way to cool off. Athletic activities are a blast, but it’s important to be safe while you play. More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries every year. We don’t want you to be one of them!

Our team wants to make sure you and your kids have fun, no matter what you’re doing. That’s why we’re sharing the best ways to protect your eyes while playing in the water.

Common Eye Injuries from Water Sports

According to Prevent Blindness, more eye injuries occur from water and pool activities than any other sport! The most common injuries your eyes can suffer from water sports and activities are:

  • Infections
  • Irritations
  • Scratches
  • Trauma from other swimmers
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Eye socket fractures
  • Swollen or detached retinas
  • Traumatic cataracts

If you experience eye irritation or have suffered eye trauma, seek medical help immediately, and be sure to speak with your optometrist as soon as possible.

Proper Protection

To prevent eye injury, it’s important to wear protective eyewear when playing sports, whether they’re on land or not. Did you know that regular glasses and eyewear aren’t effective at protecting your eyes from sports-related injuries? When it comes to water sports, normal goggles are great, but they won’t keep all pool chemicals or bacteria from oceans and lakes out of your eyes.

That’s why you need safety goggles. When you get safety goggles from an optical office like ours, you’ll get lenses that have protection provided by built-in high-quality polycarbonate. These lenses can also be altered to include your prescription. Not only will your eyes be protected, but you’ll have clear vision so you can perform your best!

Be Prepared

In order to prevent eye injuries, prepare your eyes before you jump into the water. We know it can be hard to wait to get into that pool, but taking a few seconds to prepare yourself now can save you a trip to the doctor later.

As tempting as it may be, don’t wear contacts in the water. When you wear contacts in a pool, lake, ocean, or river, it can increase your risk of getting an infection in your cornea. Bring a travel case and contact solution to store your contacts safely while you wear your goggles.

Speaking of goggles, keep yours in your pool, gym, or beach bag so you’re never left without them. That way you’ll never have to choose between swimming safely and seeing clearly.

Stop in to learn more about our prescription safety goggles and glasses and start protecting your vision today. We can’t wait to see you!

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Eyes Burning? Swimming Pool Eye Safety Tips

Summer weather is synonymous with fun in the sun. On days when you don’t have time to make it to the lakeshore but still want to cool off, pools are the obvious way to go.

Whether you prefer to jump in, cannonball, or float, it’s extremely important to keep your eyes and vision protected. You’ve probably noticed that while pools are great, you can sometime walk away from them with irritated eyes.

Irritated eyes are very uncomfortable and can ruin a day of fun in the sun. Luckily for you, our team of doctors is here with helpful tips to keep your summer fun going swimmingly.

Danger of Pool Chemicals

Many pools use chemicals to keep the water clean and sanitary. However, these same chemicals can be very dangerous to your eyes and vision.

Coating the surface of your eyes is something called a tear film. This is a thin layer of tears that protects your eyes from irritants.

Chemicals found in pools, especially chlorine, can wash away the moist layer of tear film. This can irritate your eyes. There are a few different health concerns that can develop from this exposure to pool chemicals: swimmer’s eye, dry eye, or pink eye.

Swimmer’s Eye

Swimmer’s eye is the most common of the three health concerns and most recognizable. Symptoms of swimmer’s eye include:

  • Redness of the whites of your eyes
  • A stinging or burning sensation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

Dry Eye

If you experience dry eyes and spend a lot of time swimming in a pool, this can sometimes be attributed to the chemicals washing away that thin layer of tear film. Symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • The feeling of grit in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Not producing enough tears
  • Not producing the right kind of tears

Pink Eye

When chemicals wash away the thin layer of tear film, eyes are left fully exposed to all the pool chemicals and any lingering bacteria. Bacteria that survive on your eye can lead to an eye infection, most commonly, pink eye.

  • Common symptoms of pink eye include:
  • Redness of the whites of your eyes
  • Changes in eye discharge
  • Burning or itching eyes
  • Blurred vision

Protect Your Eyes

Goggles are an important part of taking care of your eyes in and around pools. Goggles create a barrier against harmful pool chemicals while also keeping your tear film healthy. Did you know you can get prescription goggles?

After you get out of a pool, be sure to wash your eyes immediately with fresh water. While it might seem fun to lounge in the sun after you’re done swimming, that won’t help to keep your vision and eyes protected. Washing out your eyes with fresh water will remove chlorine and other chemicals from your eyelids and eyelashes.

You should also stay hydrated while swimming, no matter if you are swimming for leisure or for a workout. You can also help to keep your eyes moist and comfortable by drinking water during your pool day.

If you begin to experience eye discomfort after swimming in a pool, it’s always smart to con-tact your doctor. We know how to treat your eye irritation and can help you avoid future eye problems. Reach out to our team of doctors today to learn more!

 

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Contacts vs. The Ocean: Your Eyes and Spring Break

Spring only seems to exist for two weeks in the Midwest, thanks to never-ending snow, and that’s why us Michiganders love spring break more than anyone else! This week of bliss allows us to take a break from miserably cold weather and relax under the sun, with our feet in the sand. If you’re planning a trip down south to the ocean, we are sure you are packing essentials like sunscreen and sunglasses.

Are you also packing your contacts? The ocean and your contacts can be a dangerous mix at times, and we want to help you protect your vision and enjoy your vacation! Our expert team has compiled all the information you need to know in order to keep your eyes and contacts safe this spring break.

Swimming and Contacts

Swimming with contacts in should always be avoided to prevent bacteria from contaminating your eyes. According to the FDA, contacts should not be exposed to any kind of water, including tap water, pool water, and ocean water.

Water is home to many viruses, including the dangerous Acanthamoeba organism, which attaches to contact lenses and can cause the cornea to become infected and inflamed. This can cause permanent vision loss or require a corneal transplant to recover lost vision.

Other eye infections can occur when swimming with contacts, like a corneal ulcer. Corneal ulcers occur when a bacterial infection invades the cornea, and contact lens wearers are the most susceptible to eye irritation, as the lens may rub up against the eye’s surface.

But I Will Wear Goggles!

If you choose to wear contacts while swimming, you can reduce the risk of bacterial infection and irritation by wearing waterproof swim goggles. Swim goggles will help to keep your contact from leaving your eye when swimming.

However, the best way to prevent your eyes from becoming infected while swimming is by taking out your contacts before jumping into the water and putting on a pair of prescription goggles.

Contact Care After Ocean Water

So, you decided to wear your contacts while swimming. Our expert opticians recommend discarding the lenses immediately after swimming, rinsing your eyes with artificial tears, and replacing your contacts with a fresh pair.

If you experience eye irritation or sensitivity to light after wearing your contacts in the water, you need to call your eye doctor immediately.

Do you have more questions about swimming and contacts, or need tips on what eye care essentials to pack for your spring break trip? We would be happy to help you out! Visit one of our 54 locations or give us a call.

Have a safe and fun spring break!

 

 

National Sunglasses Day: Rx Optical’s 2018 Summertime Shade Trends

Our friends at Rx Optical are at it again for #NationalSunglassesDay (June 27) and they are showcasing summertime shade trends perfect for walking the boardwalk or exploring Grand Rapids on a beautiful sunny day.

Rx Optical has 53 office locations throughout Michigan, and our team stopped by the Breton Village office to check out their large variety of sunglasses options in order to get ready for National Sunglasses Day. With hundreds of shapes, colors and lenses designs, you are bound to find something perfect for YOU. A few of the hottest trends for summer 2018 are…

 

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National Sunglasses Day (UV Protection)

We all know that the sun’s rays are harmful, but it is so important to remember that not only can they harm your skin, they can also damage your eyes if they aren’t properly protected. The best way to protect your eyes from the sun is wearing sunglasses, and this year we’re protecting our eyes and celebrating eye health at the same time on National Sunglasses Day.

National Sunglasses Day is held on Wednesday, June 27 to celebrate the importance of wearing shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh UV rays. To get involved and join the celebration, use the hashtag #NationalSunglassesDay and tag Rx Optical (@RxOptical on Facebook and @RxOpticalLabs on Twitter and Instagram) with your favorite pair of sunglasses. We love seeing you protect your eyes!

If you ever wondered what exactly makes UV rays harmful, here are some quick insights into why it is key to protect your eyes:

  • UV rays are broken into three different types: UVA, UVB and UVC
  • Both UVA and UVB rays reach the Earth and are dangerous to our eyes, but UVB light is the most dangerous
  • The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – but you still need protection throughout the whole day
  • Rays pass through clouds, meaning you need to stay protected even when there’s an overcast
  • Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV light – so the rays are still damaging in the winter
  • UV light may be increased by an increase in humidity – making it easier to get UV damage on the coasts or in any humid environment

Stay protected and:

  • Wear sunglasses year-round and look for 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB ray protection
  • Never look directly at the sun as it can harm your vision permanently
  • Wear hats to help protect your eyes from the sun hitting your face throughout the day

At Rx Optical, we love sunglasses! Not only do they protect your eyes from harmful rays, but they also look stylish and fun. With hundreds of frames to choose from, we have a pair for every personality. To browse our selection of prescription sunglasses, call us today to set up an appointment at (800) RX-CARES!

 

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National Sunglasses Day 2018

Put your shades on for National Sunglasses Day!

Summer in Michigan is a much-anticipated time for Michiganders as we make plans to head to the beach, camp, hike, swim, boat and recover from a long winter. We get so excited in fact, that sunscreen and protecting our eyes isn’t much of a priority. This summer, please keep in mind the strength of the sun and the effect UV rays have on our eyes.

We won’t bore you with the different types of ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB and UVC), but we do want to encourage you to participate in National Sunglasses Day with us on June 27th. Brought to you by The Vision Council, National Sunglasses Day – is a commemorative date celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunwear and eyewear.

Leading up to and on June 27, post a #SunglassSelfie of yourself in your sunglasses to the social media channel of your choice using #NationalSunglassesDay and tag Rx Optical. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook! We want to showcase YOU on our social channels.

If you don’t have a great pair of sunglasses, then visit your local Rx Optical and check out our extensive selection. Our most recent blog details the latest and greatest styles for 2017.

Even when you’re not observing National Sunglasses Day, we still want you to practice sun-safe behavior! Wear your sunglasses all year long, UV rays don’t just exist in the summer.

Don’t forget to post a pic of yourself or a group of friends – we want to feature you on our social channels.

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UNDERSTANDING POLARIZED LENSES

It’s no surprise that eye doctors everywhere recommend that we wear sunglasses year-round – even when it is overcast – to protect our eyes against the sun’s harmful rays. Luckily, we carry a range of styles that make it easy and stylish to rock sunglasses every day.

When picking your next perfect pair, you may want to consider ordering polarized lenses. If you aren’t sure if this option is right for you, here is a quick breakdown of what polarized lenses are and if you might need them.

WHAT ARE POLARIZED LENSES?
Usually, light scatters because it bounces unevenly off of uneven surfaces. If a surface is smooth, like calm water or a piece of flat sheet metal, the light doesn’t scatter and can reflect at just one angle. If that angle hits your eyes, you will experience a really harsh glare, which is terrible for your eyes.

Polarized lenses are coated with a special film that reduces glare caused by smooth surfaces. The light that enters your eye after passing through a polarized lens has been filtered, allowing you to take in your view more comfortably, more clearly, and with protection. Put simply, polarized lenses take the glare off of other surfaces (i.e. water, car hoods, wet roads, etc.).

WHO ARE POLARIZED LENSES FOR?
Polarized lenses are very popular among people who spend a lot of time outside: bikers, joggers, golfers, boaters, and more, appreciate the reduced glare that can be associated with their hobbies. Imagine the glare that is created by a calm lake when you are trying to catch fish!

If your day-to-day work or other activities put you in consistent contact with glare, then polarized sunglasses are a great option for you.

ARE THERE ANY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
There are some instances when polarized lenses aren’t the right fit. You might have difficulty seeing images on LCD screens, cell phones and even some watches.

Polarized lenses might not be the right choice for snow sports because it will reduce your ability to see icy patches; however, if that is not a concern, they will reduce the glare on snow that some find bothersome. For the same reasons that most of us should wear polarized lenses, pilots should not. Polarized lenses will reduce a pilot’s ability to read instruments in the cockpit and can also reduce their ability to see through the air crafts windscreen. Also, a pilot will not need to worry about glare on other surfaces unless they are seeing another aircraft, which would be important for them to see.

Still not sure if polarized lenses are right for you? Contact us to setup an appointment with our expert team to discuss if anew pair of sunglasses should be in your future.

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PUT YOUR SHADES ON FOR NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY

Summer in Michigan is a much-anticipated time for Michiganders as we make plans to head to the beach, camp, hike, swim, boat and recover from a long winter. We get so excited in fact, that sunscreen and protecting our eyes isn’t much of a priority. This summer, please keep in mind the strength of the sun and the effect UV rays have on our eyes.

We won’t bore you with the different types of ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB and UVC), but we do want to encourage you to participate in National Sunglasses Day with us on June 27th. Brought to you by The Vision Council, National Sunglasses Day – is a commemorative date celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunwear and eyewear.

Leading up to and on June 27, post a #SunglassSelfie of yourself in your sunglasses to the social media channel of your choice using #NationalSunglassesDay and tag Rx Optical. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook! We want to showcase YOU on our social channels.

If you don’t have a great pair of sunglasses, then visit your local Rx Optical and check out our extensive selection. Our most recent blog details the latest and greatest styles for 2017.

Even when you’re not observing National Sunglasses Day, we still want you to practice sun-safe behavior! Wear your sunglasses all year long, UV rays don’t just exist in the summer.

Don’t forget to post a pic of yourself or a group of friends – we want to feature you on our social channels.