Winter is fast approaching and those of us who live in and around Cheboygan know that it won’t be long now until the lakes will be frozen over and the snow will be on the ground. With winter fast approaching and winter sports enthusiasts preparing our poles, skis and snowmobiles for the fun adventures during the long winter months, it is time to focus on our eyes. While we do all we can to protect our bodies from the cold winter weather, all too often we forget our eyes. Many people are unaware of how our eyes are affected by the winter weather. From the reflection of the sun on the snow to the wind and the cold dry air, our eyes can suffer even more in winter than in summer.
What is Photokeratitis?
Our eyes can suffer during the winter. One injury which is sometimes encountered in winter by Cheboygan optometrists is Photokeratitis. Otherwise known as “snow blindness”, Photokeratitis is a painful condition which is technically a burn of the cornea by ultraviolet light. Though it typically occurs at higher altitudes similar to those in Colorado, it can occur anytime that your eyes are exposed to high levels of ultraviolet light including tanning beds, welding or even ice or sand at high altitudes.
While many conditions can not be prevented, injuries such as Photokeratitis can most certainly be prevented by simply taking precautions. Whether you are planning on getting out enjoying the lake this winter in Cheboygan or heading off the Colorado to hit the high peaks, now is the time to prepare. Sunglasses which are UV rated are the only real way to protect your eyes. Choose sunglasses with high UV ratings of 99 or 100.
Symptoms To Watch For
Symptoms can take hours to develop but will often include:
- Excessive tears
- Red and swollen eyes and eye lids
- Halos around lights
- Fuzzy vision
If are using welding equipment be sure to use the proper eye protection. Likewise, if you are heading outdoors this summer, even if the sun isn’t out, wear your sunglasses or at least bring them with you in case the sun does come out and do your part to protect your eyesight.
Alpine Eye Care is a Cheboygan optometrist who cares about your eyes. If you are looking for eye doctors Cheboygan MI, look no further. We offer a diverse staff with a variety of specialties including refractive surgery, cataracts, general ophthalmology in Cheboygan, as well as comprehensive eye exams. Alpine Eye Care of Cheboygan is located at 810 South Main Ste. 3. Contact us today to set up your appointment toll free at 1.877.SEE.2020 or directly at 231.627.3169.