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JULY Newsletter 2017
Your eyes deserve protection from UV rays, too
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It’s UV Safety Month. Are you taking good care of your eyes? The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports long-term exposure to bright light from the sun can increase the risk of cataracts or other eye growths, including cancers. In just a few hours, that visit to the beach or lake might cause temporary blindness due to the strength of Ultraviolet rays reflected off the water and sand.

Your partners in eye health recommend:
  • Shielding eyes with 100 percent UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Wearing broad-brimmed hats for extra protection
  • Looking for glasses with a sticker or tag that designates UV-filtering properties
  • Opting for snug, wraparound frames or large lenses, which keep rays out of the sides and top of glasses
Remember: It doesn’t have to be ultra-bright outside to benefit. UV rays still filter through the clouds. Wraparound glasses are also ideal protectants against debris and injury when doing summer tasks and activities, such as gardening, mowing, or a fun game of beach volleyball.
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Eyes reveal more than your soul
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Your eyes may be the windows to your soul, but they can also provide the window into your overall health. Red, dry, and puffy eyes can certainly be due to strain and sleeplessness, but underlying medical conditions can also cause these and other seemingly innocuous symptoms. Here’s a small list of other conditions that may need to be treated, along with associated eye problems:
  • Diabetes — Reduced blood supply plus elevated blood glucose can show up as small red dots on the retina, small hemorrhages, and early cataracts.
  • Hypertension — Atherosclerosis blocks the retina’s small blood vessels, leading to bleeding, blurring, and vision loss.
  • Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism — Inflammation and swelling are associated with thyroid eye disease, but the first sign is often proptosis or bulging eyes.
  • Connective tissue disorders — From rheumatoid arthritis to lupus, these and other joint-related conditions may manifest with dry eyes, itching, burning, swelling, and other problems.
Whether you’re experiencing problems or not, your specialists in eye health recommend exams on at least an annual basis for those over 50 and at least every two to three years after age 40, for the good of your eyes and overall well-being.
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