Summer Eye Care Survival | WFLA

ByMartha R. Camara

May 24, 2022

Dr. Jeff Dello Russo, MD, ophthalmologist who runs Dello with Russo Laser Vision, joins Gayle Guyardo, host of national health and wellness show Bloom, with tips for keeping your eyes safe, healthy and your vision intact this summer.

Dr Dello Russo told Guyardo “The summer sun and heat can be just as harmful to your eyes as it is to your skin.”

The doctor provided these 6 essential eye care tips that everyone should know:

1. Wear sunglasses when you go out – Sunglasses for the eyes are what sunscreen is for the skin. Take oversized shades as they will provide extra protection to your eyes. The shades protect the eyes from corneal burns caused by harmful UV rays. Some of the main symptoms of corneal burn are dryness, discomfort, and tearing.

2. Stay hydrated – Fluid volume is imperative for your best eye health. Since in the summer the tear film in our eyes often evaporates, drinking more water can help your body produce a healthy volume of tears. And avoid beach cocktails, too — alcohol can cause even more dehydration in the summer.

3. Keep your eyes lubricated with eye drops – Sometimes staying hydrated just isn’t enough. This is when you need to keep some eye drops on hand, as summer brings dryness and irritation to the eyes, which often results in eye pain or swelling. .

4. Be careful when applying sunscreen to your face – Be careful when applying it near and around your eyes and eyelid area. Sunscreens, which have a high SPF, usually cause eye discomfort if they accidentally get inside. Although it does not cause permanent eye damage, it can cause chemical burns to the surface of the eyes.

5. Avoid midday sun – Limit your trips to the sun during the later hours of the morning or afternoon, if possible. This is when the sun is shining and UV rays are at their peak. Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays is essential for optimal eye health and maintaining your vision.

6. Always wear eye protection when doing outdoor activities – In addition to protecting the eyes from UV rays, eye protection should be worn when performing outdoor activities such as swimming, mowing grass or exterior carpentry. Be sure to wear protections such as goggles, goggles, helmets or visors, or face shields to protect your eyes and face from potential damage.

Bloom airs in 40 markets nationwide, with a reach of approximately 36 million households, as well as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Madison, WI.

You can watch Bloom in the Tampa Bay Market weekdays at noon on WTTA: Spectrum 1006; Border 514; Direct TV 38; dish 38; Comcast 43 and look for Early Morning Bloom on WFLA News Channel 8.