Summer Eye Health – Taking Care of Your Eyes

Whilst the summer season gives us lots of warm weather, longer days and holidays, it also brings along a host of factors that can affect your eyes.

We tend to look after our health and skin more during the summer months, but what about caring for our eyes? There’s lots of reasons our eye health in the summer is prone to problems, from hayfever and eye allergies to increased exposure of UV rays and dry, itchy eyes caused by changing temperatures and air conditioning.

Luckily, there’s plenty of steps you can take to take care of your eyes this summer. Here’s our top tips:

Allergy Relief

The summer weather is renowned for increasing allergy problems. The warmer weather, high levels of pollen and pollution can cause itchy eyes that are red and irritated.

There’s plenty of allergy relief available to help treat itchy eyes due to allergies. One effective treatment is eye drops, and we have a full range available at our Derby practice.

Summer Body, Summer Eyes

It’s amazing what the wonders of drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods can do for both your body, mind and eye health! Have a read of our Healthy Eyes: Food For Thought blog for all the tips and advice on how looking after your health by eating a balanced diet and keeping hydrated can benefit your eye health too.

Protect Your Eyes in The Sun

Exposure to sunlight and UV rays can cause lasting damage to your eyes as well as increasing the risk of developing eye conditions such as cataracts. So, it’s important to make sure you protect your eyes from the sun with a good pair of quality sunglasses.

We provide a whole range of sleek and stylish sunglasses for men, women and children, keeping your whole family protected from the sun.

Treat Your Dry Eyes

Dry eye problems are common during the summer due to a number of factors, including the warmer weather, dryer environments and air conditioning.

To prevent your eyes becoming dry, there’s lots of steps you can take, including washing your eyes properly, wearing protective sunglasses and avoiding directly facing air conditioning. However, if you have dry eye symptoms consistently, you may be suffering from Blepharitis.

Blepharitis is a condition that causes your eyes to become dry, red and irritated and your eyelids may be inflamed and uncomfortable. We provide a dry eye treatment called BlephEx at our Dry Eye Clinic, which can help to relieve the symptoms and discomfort of dry eyes by giving them a thorough clean.

What is a BlephEx Treatment?

A BlephEx treatment gives your eyelids a deep clean, helping to remove any dry or flaky debris which may have collected on the lash line. This helps to reduce inflammation and improves the condition of your eyes.

One of our optometrists will carry out your BlephEx treatment here at Richard Petrie, with the treatment lasting about half an hour.

The treatment session will begin with the optometrist examining your eyes and taking a picture of your eyelids. You will then wear a pair of goggles for 10 minutes, these gently emit warm steam onto your eyes which helps to loosen any debris for your eyelids and eyelashes.

Your lids will be wiped and then cleaned by the optometrist with a gentle scrub to remove any stubborn debris that’s still there. After a final wipe, your eye lids will feel rejuvenated and clean! A photo will be taken of your lids after the treatment is complete to show you a comparison of your eyes before and after.

It’s recommended that you continue to care for your eyes after the treatment. We advise aftercare products including lid wipes, eye drops and heat masks which should help to keep your dry, itchy eyes at bay, all of which are regularly in stock at our practice.

A BlephEx treatment at our Dry Eye Clinic costs £50, and if you would like to include two aftercare products to take home with you, the total cost is £65.

If you would like to book an appointment for our Dry Eye Clinic, give our practice a call on 01332 291010.

You can find out more about dry eyes and Blepharitis here, and if you’d like to discover more about looking after your eye health this summer, have a read of our blog here.

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