Spring time: Allergy time

Spring time: Allergy time

Spring has sprung and for many, it also marks the beginning of red, itchy and watery eyes. Nedlands optometrist, Damon Ezekiel, says the chance of suffering from an eye allergy this season, is much higher than usual.

“Airborne agents that cause irritation, such as pollen and grasses, are more active and likely to cause eye allergies,” said Damon.

“When not treated correctly, eye allergies can become so severe that they affect your concentration and ability to work. So, if you experience a new or unusual allergic reaction this spring, it’s important to have your eyes checked.”

Damon, says the most common of all eye allergies is Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis where the body’s reaction can cause swelling of the conjunctiva, the thin layer lining the whites of the eyes and inner eyelids.

“Some people also experience cold and flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling and a stuffy nose.”

“To manage allergic conjunctivitis, it is important to determine the cause of the allergen to enable you to avoid it, and to therefore reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.”

“Having your eyes tested as soon as any signs of an allergy present themselves, gives you the best chance of eye allergy relief.”

The commons symptoms to watch for include:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Lid swelling
  • Watery eyes

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Hitting the road healthy

Hitting the road healthy

With one in five drivers experiencing a long-term vision problem, Nedlands optometrist, Damon Ezekiel, is calling on motorists to remember the important role of vision in safe driving.

“Most of us think to check our mirrors, tyres, oil and water before hitting the road, but forget that eyes need servicing too,” said Damon.

Critical decisions made by drivers are predominantly based on sight and good vision is essential to a driver’s ability to identify and react to hazards, make accurate judgements and concentrate on the roads.

According to Damon, our vision becomes even more important when driving at night, fatigued, on busy roads, in poor weather conditions and as we age.

“Regular eye examinations provide the best chance of staying safe on the roads and being able to keep driving longer as we get older,” Damon said.

Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads

  • Avoid eye strain

Using your eyes intently for hours causes eye strain and increased sensitivity to glare. Try moving your head around slowly while still looking straight ahead. This will allow you to change your eye posture without taking your eyes off the road, helping your eyes to relax.

  • Rest your eyes

Driver fatigue can affect reaction times, alertness and concentration. Set realistic travel goals and avoid driving at times when you would normally be sleeping. The best way to overcome eye fatigue is to pull over, close your eyes and rest.

  • Plan your journey

Before driving long distances, make sure you are well rested. Allow plenty of time for regular rest stops to give your eyes a break.

  • Look after your eyes

Accumulated UV exposure can lead to eye disease and vision impairment. Wear sunglasses to reduce glare and squinting while driving and protect your eyes from sun damage. Also, maintain a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables and fish to help prevent eye disease.

  • Monitor your eye health

As we get older, our vision inevitably changes and this can start to affect our driving, including our ability to see clearly at night, objects in the distance and out the corners of our eyes. If you notice any changes in your vision, consult an optometrist immediately.

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Good vision for life 2

Good vision for life 2

Most of the information required for everyday living is obtained through our eyes, yet only 17 per cent of the population had a comprehensive eye examination in 2008 says Nedlands optometrist.

“This figure is surprising given how important our eyesight is to everyday living. Good vision is essential for driving, playing sports and fulfilling work and school tasks which is why it’s so important that children, teens and parents incorporate regular eye examinations into their general health regime,” Damon says.

During an eye examination, an optometrist will assess your visual clarity while also looking for signs of possible eye conditions or disease.

“Regular eye examinations can lead to early detection of conditions and diseases. If eye health is monitored throughout life, there is an increased likelihood that vision loss due to macular degeneration, amblyopia (lazy eye) and glaucoma can be prevented.”

“Parents should be leading by example and monitoring their own and their children’s eye health on a regular basis. Parents should be confident that their children’s eye health is the best it can be,” Damon says.

How to ensure you and your family have good vision for life

  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Use appropriate eye protection when required in the workplace, school and home.
  • Know your eyes; understand potential warning signs and look for any changes in your vision.
  • Have your eyes examined regularly by your optometrist.
  • Eat for your eyes; include plenty of vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc and Beta-carotene, many of which are found in dark green, leafy vegetables or fish sources.

 

For further information please contact Ezekiel Eyes or Book an appointment today

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