Summer is almost upon us, the weather is getting warmer, and children are anxiously counting the days until summer holidays begin. Let us not forget the celebration that marks the official kick off of summer, Canada Day, July 1st. Canada Day brings with it, picnics, barbeques, concerts and, of course, fireworks. There will be a number of large fireworks displays across the country, but maybe you want to put on your own display. You’ve read the instructions, made sure to find a safe place to launch your fireworks in order not to set the surrounding area on fire. You have a pail of water and maybe even a hose on hand, just in case. But have you considered eye safety when working with fireworks? If not, there are a few things you need to know.
Buying sunglasses in February? That means that you are heading south for a winter vacation, right? Not necessarily. In fact, you may have a better reason for wearing sunglasses if you are staying here. Are you aware that the sun’s rays can affect you more in the winter than in the summer? Are you also aware that your eyes may be in danger, even on cloudy days? It may be a good time to update you on winter eye safety.
The Dangers of Ultra Violet Radiation
Over the last few weeks we have witnessed the leaves on the trees turning colour and falling, the geese gathering together and bailing out for warmer climates, an extreme drop in temperature and even the first signs of, dare I say it, snow. There is no denying it, winter is upon us once again. Time to get out the heavy coats and boots, put your winter tires on your car, and prepare for another Manitoba winter. But have you thought about including your eyes in your winter preparations? Are you aware that winter can be a dangerous season for your eyes?
How much do you know about what makes your eye work? Do you know what the retina is? The retina is made up of light-sensitive layers of tissue lining the back of your eyeball. This tissue collects visual input and send it through your optic nerve to your brain. Your brain uses this input to see the world around you. Now imagine what would happen if your retina was damaged. Unfortunately, this is a very real possibility.
What is Retinal Detachment?
This week is Sun Awareness Week. Over the last few years the sun has been the subject of some pretty confusing mixed reviews: Sunlight is good for you – No! It’s bad for you. You need to get out in the sunshine – You need to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. So which is the truth? Well, actually both. Sunlight is necessary for good overall health in all living things. It warms the air and helps plants to grow, and it provides a major source of Vitamin D needed for good health in humans. But like many good things, too much of a good thing can have a negative effect. Just as too much sunshine can dry out and kill plant life, overexposure to the sun’s rays can burn and damage our skin, and also our eyes. But how does this happen?
It is very important to protect your eyes against exposure to UV radiation. But what if you wear glasses and keep misplacing your clip-on sunglasses? Or maybe you can’t find clip-ons that fit your glasses. What if you just don’t like the look of clip-on sunglasses? What do you do then? One option you could consider would be Photochromic lenses.
What are Photochromic Lenses?
With all the concern these days about Ultraviolet (UV) rays and the danger to your eyesight, the main concern people have is how to get a good pair of sunglasses. The question is, are all sunglasses created equal? The simple answer to that is no, they are not. Which leads directly to the next question, how do I find a pair that is right for me?
What to look for in a pair of sunglasses
March 12th to 18th is Brain Awareness Week. Considering that vision is controlled by your brain, this would be a great time to discuss how your brain affects what you see, how it works, and what can go wrong.
How the Eye and Brain Function Together
Winter may be here, but don’t put those sunglasses away just yet. In case you didn’t know it, winter can be just as hard, if not harder, on your eyes than summer. Just because the sun isn’t as warm on your skin, doesn’t mean that it isn’t just as harmful to both skin and eyes. Here are a few things you should know.
Some common eye injuries, such as deep puncture wounds from accidents, could require immediate treatment or surgery to prevent permanent eye damage or vision loss. If you’re worried that you have injured your eye, visit an eye doctor near you.
Minor surface scratches, on the other hand, may need only simple monitoring after an initial visit to the eye doctor to make sure complications such as eye infections don’t occur.
This guide to common eye injuries can help you determine your next step following an accident, especially if you are in an emergency situation. Safety precautions such as wearing safety goggles or glasses may be your best approach to preventing eye injuries altogether and maintaining healthy vision for a lifetime.