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Summer Tips to Protect your Eyes

by Jamie Peters

Dr. Cauchi, the trusted optometrist in La Mesa presents information and helpful tips on how you can protect your eyes from bacteria, fungus and amoeba. Read on to learn more on how you can maintain a safe and eye-healthy summer.

As we approach summer and flock to the oceans, lakes and rivers, it’s important to keep in mind that these waters contain harmful bacteria, fungus and amoeba. These can get in your nose and eyes causing serious and possibly deadly consequences. Many of these organisms are resistant to our antibiotics and that is why they cause so much damage.  We just don’t have a good way to kill them when they attack.  When they infect the eyes, you may think, “oh it is just mild pink eye or an irritation”.  But if you have an eye infection and don’t see an eye doctor, it could turn into a severe infection that can cost you your sight.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • MOST IMPORTANT: Never, never swim when you have an open cut, shaving nick, small scratch or your eyes are irritated.
  • Wear goggles when you swim. It may not look cool, but losing an eye isn’t cool either.
  • Don’t swallow the water.
  • Shower thoroughly and immediately after being in the water.
  • Never swim while wearing contact lenses unless they are daily disposables and you wear goggles.
  • If your eyes become irritated after swimming and it doesn’t get better after 2 hours, get to your eye doctor ASAP.
  • If you scratch or cut yourself while swimming, treat it immediately.
  • If you notice an infected area on your skin after swimming, get to your doctor and tell them where you were swimming.
  • Your risks increase dramatically, if it has been particularly warm or has been raining.

If you have any questions or want to learn more eye care tips for the summer, give us a call at (619) 461-4913. Swim safely and have a fun summer!

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