High temperatures, direct exposure to the sun, air conditioning, chlorine, salt … During the days of summer holidays, the outdoors is enjoyed to the fullest and, if the appropriate precautionary measures are not taken, it can affect eye health. It is usual to detect discomfort in the eye or in the vision in the period of return to the routine, coinciding with the resumption of daily activities. To avoid a worsening of the pathology, specialists advise a professional review at the moment the first symptoms appear.
“It is highly recommended to carry out a review of the condition and health of the eyes, especially after the summer, which is a period in which our eyes have received greater exposure to ultraviolet rays and have been exposed to chlorine in the pool or salt. from sea. An eye drop or artificial tears help to hydrate them, reduce the cases of irritations and prevent the appearance of a common pathology at this time such as dry eye ”explains the Head of Service of the Quirónsalud Marbella Ophthalmology Center, Dr. Nabil Ragaei Kamel.
The specialist of this Advanced Ophthalmology Unit details that there is a tendency to dispense with protecting our eyes when we stop going to the beach and pool. In his opinion, this is a common error derived from the lower incidence of the sun, but “it is important to bear in mind that in late summer and early autumn we continue to maintain a high share of sun exposure, so it is advisable to prolong the wearing protective sunglasses outdoors ”.
Back to work and back to school
For the vast majority of the population, these dates mean the return to work, which translates into a substantial increase in time in front of computers or devices with screens. “Prolonged exposure to these devices can be the source of eye problems such as irritation or dry eyes. To avoid these pathologies, it is necessary
respect rest times and, if possible, perform eye relaxation exercises. A very simple gesture is to pause the activity in front of the computer and look for a distant focus of attention on the horizon and keep your gaze for at least two minutes. This helps to relax our eyes. ”, Emphasizes Dr. Ragaei
With regard to children, specialists insist on the importance of an eye examination prior to the beginning of the school year to ensure that the minor does not have visual impairments that could affect their school performance. “In children, visual deficiencies tend to go unnoticed both in the family environment and in the school environment. They are not aware that they can see better and they adapt to the way they visualize without giving an alarm signal ”, says the ophthalmologist at Quirónsalud Marbella, Dr. María Concepción Aránguez.
For the specialist, early diagnosis is very relevant at this stage of development: “we try to recover vision so that it is the best and that correction is only possible in the first years of life. After the age of 11 or 12, it is very difficult to correct a visual deficiency if it has not been detected early. In children, it is advisable to carry out the first vision check at 3 – 4 years of age ”, says the doctor.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 19 million children around the world suffer from visual impairment, with refractive errors being the main cause in 63% of cases.
New Quirónsalud Marbella Ophthalmology Center
Recently, the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella has inaugurated facilities exclusively dedicated to eye health. This new Ophthalmology Center offers a clinical response to all eye-related pathologies such as preventive ophthalmology (red eye, conjunctivitis, glaucoma detection, cataracts …), refractive ophthalmology (myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism), surgery (excimer laser, femtosecond laser, PRK (photorefactive keratectomy), Lasick, intraocular lens, episcritaliniana (ICL) and Phacorrefractive) as well as corneal transplantation.
Both in the care of minors and the rest of the patients, the objective of their ophthalmologists and optometrists is to guarantee the best results and a speedy recovery of the patient, minimizing side effects.