How to Prevent 3 Common Summer Eye Diseases
by EO Executive Optical | April 12, 2017 at 08:54am

Sunglasses for sale in the Philippines are the hottest items this summer. It is not only because it is one of the coolest beach gear; sunglasses protect your precious eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays and save you from costly eye checkups. So, wearing shades is not just a means to accessorize but to keep you away from different eye injuries & diseases that are more prevalent during summer season:

Conjunctivitis

This is where a pair of for sale sunglasses would come in handy as this disease is in season in the Philippines come summer. The most obvious sign that you have it is the redness of the eyes thus it is also called “pinkeye.”

Symptoms (WebMD):

  • Increased amount of tears
  • Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes
  • Itchiness of the eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

How to avoid it (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)):

Reduce your chances in case you’re around someone with pinkeye by doing these tips:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Always bring with you an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands immediately if you made contact with someone has it or items he/she uses.
  • Avoid touching your eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share items with someone who has conjunctivitis.

Sty

As defined by Mayo Clinic, sty is “red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid that may look like a boil or a pimple…often filled with pus.”

Symptoms (Mayo Clinic):

  • Pain in the eyelid(s)
  • Swelling of the eyelid(s)
  • Tearing
  • Red lump on the eyelid(s)

How to avoid it (Mayo Clinic):

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Never share makeup and vice versa.
  • Remove makeup before going to sleep.
  • Throw away old cosmetics and overused cosmetic tools.
  • Regularly clean your contact lenses in case you’re wearing one.

Dry eyes

“Sun, chlorine, salt, dry, hot days and air conditioning” are the causes of dry eyes Carolina Eye Associates says. So, even if you’re in the confines of an air conditioned room or swimming in a pool, you can’t escape this eye disease.

Never treat this condition lightly. The mild complication of dry eye is conjunctivitis which is curable at home. However, there is a severe case called keratitis that could lead to corneal ulcers, Health Service Executive explains. Schedule an eye check-up right away if either of the two occur.

Symptoms (National Eye Institute (NEI)):

  • Stinging or burning of the eye
  • A sandy or gritty feeling in the eye
  • Pain and redness of the eye
  • Episodes of blurred vision
  • Heavy eyelids

How to avoid it (American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)):

  • Use artificial tears
  • Rest your eyes for a while
  • Apply warm compress
  • Gently wash your eyelids
  • Eat omega-3 fatty foods like salmon, sardines or anchovies

We’ve been told many times about these common eye diseases but we’re too happy to care or we just enjoy our summer vacations too much. Next thing we know, we’re on our way to the optometrist for an eye checkup instead of the Boracay package we booked months ago. Which setting do you prefer? Using your sunglasses for sale at a popular summer destination in the Philippines or use it while you’re strapped to your bed to let your pinkeye heal?