Salt water is good for our skin. What about our eyes?

The use of the sea and pool is among the most enjoyable and entertaining ways to cope with the hot weather in summer. One of the points to be considered while enjoying the cool waters on sunny days to the fullest is eye health…

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Seiko Optik Turkey Eye Health Consultant Op . Dr. Özgür Gözpınar divides the precautions to be taken for our eye health during sea and pool use into three categories.

  • Things to do before use
  • Things to consider during water sports
  • Precautions to be taken after getting out of the water

Let’s take a look at these precautions now…

Do not swim with make-up!

UV rays from the sun can have harmful effects on our eyes as well as our skin. Direct exposure to sunlight can cause eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration (macular disorder) and bird wing (pterygium). Therefore, 100% UV filtered sunglasses and a hat with a visor should be used by the pool and by the sea.

Op. Working mainly on contact lenses and pediatric eye health. Dr. Özgür Gözpınar states that the UV effect of the rays reflected from the water is even greater and continues his words as follows: “Sunbathing should be avoided, especially between 10:00 and 16:00 when the sun rays are perpendicular, and the use of the sea-pool should be done in a controlled manner.

. “An important issue that women should pay attention to is avoiding the use of the sea and pool while wearing make-up on their face. Cleaning the make-up on the face before swimming will relieve the oil and sweat glands at the bottom of the eyelashes, thereby reducing the effect of allergies and helping to prevent possible infections,” she says.
Chloramine in pool water can cause allergies in the eyes

During pool and sea use, both allergic and infectious conjunctivitis can occur.Opening the eyes in salty water in the sea can increase allergic reactions, while chlorine and other infections in the pool can cause allergic reactions. chemicals can cause allergies

Allergy in the pool It’s not the chlorine that makes up chlorine, but chloramine, which is formed from contact with oil, dirt, and urine. The pH values ​​of the water in the pools are generally between 7.2-7.8. The pH value falling below 7.2 and shifting to the acidic side can also irritate the eyes. In addition, chemical allergic conjunctivitis can occur as a result of rubbing the sunscreen creams we put on our face and contacting our eyes with water.

As for infections… “Adenoviral Keratoconjunctivitis”, which is particularly resistant to disinfectants, can occur in the pool and can lead to vision loss with corneal damage.

Attention to the use of contact lenses at sea and in the pool

Most people who use glasses in normal life, think that contact lenses are more functional in pool and sea use, and can use lenses. Eye Health Specialist Op. Dr. Özgür Gözpınar states that swimming in the pool and the sea with contact lenses can have harmful consequences.

“Infectious agents can cling to the surface of contact lenses and cause infections with serious consequences. The use of contact lenses should be avoided in the sea and in the pool. However, daily disposable lenses should be worn if they are to be used, they should be thrown out of the water as soon as they are out of the water, and they should be worn together with sea goggles.

Washing with artificial tear drops can also be done after removing the contact lens from the eye. Opening the eyes in water without goggles can cause both the lens to fall out and serious infections.”

If your eye surgery is in the summer and you have vacation plans afterward, you should take extra care of your eyes.

Emphasizing that sea and pool use should be 2 weeks after laser operation at the earliest, Seiko Optik Turkey Eye Health Consultant Op. Dr. Özgür Gözpınar underlines that the best time is to wait for 2 months.

Gözpınar stated that after swimming, the eyes should be washed with the tear drops used after the operation; It also warns about minimizing contact and paying attention to the use of clean towels in the use of showers, toilets, changing rooms and sun loungers.

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