A late blast from Mother Nature interrupted a mild winter and delayed our outdoor fun that Spring brings.  As a wonderful patient talked glowingly of “fly fishing” and “hiking”, clearly he was aware the wait is over and the fun can begin with your outdoor hobbies.  However, please don’t let your eyes or eyewear stop you.

It is interesting to know that around one half of all eye injuries occur around the house, and that home-based types of ocular injuries are increasing.  For example, ‘Spring cleaning’ where the use of caustic cleaners can give painful chemical burns.  Or the “do it yourselfer” who starting on that new deck gets a foreign body in their eye from flying pieces of wood. Simply wearing protective eyewear will greatly reduce the chances of eye injuries, up to 90%.  Keep in mind that it is not just the person with the hammer or the happy family member tending to the lawn.  The bystander can get also get injured watching Mom or Dad do their chores.

Image result for picture of hikingIf your hobbies are more suited to exercise or active actions, be protective of your eyes.   For example, hikers, bicyclers, and climbers should all think about truly well-fitting sports Rx.  An unhappy mountain trail climber is one who watches their “stylish” but impractical for hiking, sunglasses fall a couple hundred feet down a ravine because they did not fit correctly.

The avid golfer and fisherman can be greatly helped and protect their eyes from excess ultra violet light with some fantastic sun eyewear. Particularly, Oakley has excellent sun and prescription eyewear for fun hobbies. Often patients look back to what could have been done to avoid an uncomfortable ophthalmic situation.

Be proactive, not reactive, invest in quality sun wear and take advantage of the advances in materials. Shatter resistant material like polycarbonate are wonderful protection for outdoor activities. Glare reduction with polarized lenses provide awesome enhanced vision and add a mirror coating for additive glare reduction, particularly in higher altitudes. Finally, a favorite of New Era Eye Care are lenses that are very near clear indoors and darken automatically outdoors. Photochromatics (also known as Transition lenses) which activate by ultraviolet rays (UV), shield your eyes from 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UV. Further, as UV rays can penetrate clouds, Transitions can darken on overcast days as well as sunny days.

Spring has sprung and so should our excitement to get outside and enjoy the coming nice weather.  At New Era Eye Care, our concern is you embrace that excitement with helping protect our most important sense, your vision.