Summer in Miami Beach means fun in the sun. However, it’s important to emphasize eye safety. Everybody knows they can get a sunburn on their skin if they’re in the sun for too long, but many aren’t aware that their eyes can also get sunburned.
Many people, especially those with lighter colored eyes, are sensitive to light already and don’t know what it feels like to have sunburned eyes. Here are the main symptoms of this condition, which is also known as photokeratitis:
1) Extreme sensitivity to light. Those who think they may have sunburned eyes need to take note of their light sensitivity. If an average lighting situation is causing discomfort, it’s an indicator that the person has sustained a sunburn on their eyes.
2) Eye swelling and pain. They will also be more watery than normal.
3) Infection (If the pain hasn’t gone down in a few days).
The most common thing that happens after sunburn is an eye infection. If your eyes get sunburned, see your eye doctor as soon as possible to get a prescription for antibiotics.
Like skin, eyes get sunburned from direct exposure to harmful UV rays. To keep your eyes safe, the biggest thing is to wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses while you’re out in the sun.
Gould Vision specializes in the treatment of dry eyes and other eye diseases. Gould Vision has provided quality eye care to thousands of patients. With the persistence of our founder and head optometrist, Dr. Adina Gould, our state-of-the-art Miami Beach facility was completed in August 2009. Our centrally-located office also serves the nearby areas of Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands, and South Beach, Florida.