Did you know that you’re at a higher risk of developing eye problems in the summer? In today’s post, your local eye doctor discusses different ways the summer heat can harm your eyes.

1. Eye Allergies – The rising temperatures and higher levels of air pollutants make your eyes more sensitive in the summer. Common symptoms of eye allergies include red, itchy and burning eyes. The symptoms normally go away on their own but tend to be really uncomfortable while they last.

2. Conjunctivitis – You can experience conjunctivitis (pink eye) in one or both eyes. The condition causes the eye to become red, itchy and watery. It can spread through direct contact with an infected person.

Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, viral or allergic. Visit your local specialist for an eye exam for proper diagnosis and treatment.

3. Dry Eyes – More people experience dry eye syndrome in the summer because the higher temperatures can cause the tear film to evaporate too quickly. Those who have previously had eye diseases are more likely to develop dry eyes.

4. Stye – A style is a bacterial infection that results in swelling in one or both eyelids. Sufferers may experience pain, swelling and redness in the eye. The condition is more common in children.

5. Photokeratitis – The sun’s ultraviolet rays can burn the surface of your eye and cause pain, redness, blurriness and temporary vision loss. Prevent this from happening by wearing sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection. You can also wear a hat for added protection against the sun.

Keep your eyes protected this summer by wearing the proper eyewear. At EyeSite of The Villages, we offer a wide range of eyeglasses to meet different needs. Call us at (352) 504-4560 to request an appointment. We help patients in Oxford, FL, and nearby areas.