Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

We continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and are following the published recommendations of the CDC and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We will continue to see our patients and treat any urgent/emergent needs.

With all of our offices open, the following protocols are in place:

1) We have greatly expanded measures to disinfect our office including cleaning between each patient appointment.

2) To limit any potential exposure, we ask you NOT to bring any non-essential person(s) with you to the appointment.

3) If someone must accompany you to your appointment, we ask that they do not enter the office, if at all possible.

4) If you have an upcoming appointment and identify with the following statements, please do not come directly to the office, but instead call us:

• Fever greater than 100.4

• Respiratory symptoms or difficulty breathing

• Exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

• Placed in self/hospital quarantine by medical doctor

 Your health and that of our staff is our guiding priority and we continue to update our protocol to ensure safety for everyone. If you have questions regarding these evolving protocols, please contact our office.

Summer Eye Care Tips By Retina Associates, P.A. on August 06, 2018

Family enjoying vacation in the mountainsSummer, the season of sun, sand, and sea, is well underway! Excessive exposure to these elements can lead to vision problems, such as corneal abrasions and retinal conditions. Therefore, it is crucial to protect your eyes during these hotter months.

Today, our doctors at Retina Associates in Kansas, City, MO offer summer eye care tips and tricks, so you can have fun in the sun without compromising your vision.

Choose the Right Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses is probably the most obvious recommendation for protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. However, when shopping for your shades, you should choose a pair that offers 100 percent protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Several generic and brand-name glasses offer this option, so you should be able to find a pair that fits your budget.

Purchase a Hat

Even when you wear sunglasses, UV rays can seep in between the gaps in your frames. This type of exposure can still lead to several issues, including skin cancer of the eyelids. Therefore, consider purchasing a wide-brimmed hat to shield your eyes and face from the sun.

When shopping for a hat, avoid ones made of straw, as the UV rays can still leak through the tiny holes. There are plenty of affordable hats on the market that even have built-in SPF protection.

Wear Goggles While Swimming

Most swimming pools are treated with chlorine. This substance protects our bodies from potential contaminants. However, it is not so nice on the eyes. Therefore, we recommend wearing goggles every time you go swimming to prevent water from getting in your eyes.

In fact, goggles are helpful when swimming in lakes, rivers, and oceans as well; natural bodies of water also contain various contaminants which could be harmful to the eyes. As an added note, you should never, under any circumstances, open your eyes underwater unless you are wearing a mask or goggles.

Use Eye Protection When Necessary

Whether you are enjoying a game of sand volleyball or mowing the lawn, there are plenty of summertime environmental hazards that can have a negative impact on your eye health.

For example, sand, dirt, and pollen can all cause corneal abrasions, allergies, or other eye conditions. Therefore, it is always a good idea to wear safety glasses or shields to protect your eyes from these elements.

Stay Hydrated

It is no secret that drinking plenty of water helps your body function more efficiently. During the summer months, dehydration is far more likely.

Those without sufficient hydration may develop chronic dry eyes, a condition in which the eyes fail to produce quality lubrication. Exposure to sun, sand, dirt, and pollen can exacerbate dry eyes, leading to irritation, redness, itchiness, and discomfort.

Use Drops When Necessary

If you are experiencing eye discomfort that cannot be managed with the above recommendations, talk to your doctor about eye drops. These can help mitigate your pain and soothe inflammation.

The type of eye drops recommended for you will depend on your specific symptoms. During a consultation at our practice, we can help you determine which type will benefit you the most.

Contact Retina Associates Today

Do not let red, watery, itchy, or painful eyes keep you from enjoying your summer. To learn more about general eye care tips, contact us online or call us at (913) 831-7400.

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Retina Associates, LLC

Retina Associates, LLC is an advanced medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of retinal, macular, and vitreous diseases. Together, our eye care physicians belong to various prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Retina Specialists

Our mission is to help every patient preserve or restore their sight through our advanced treatment options. To discuss your needs with one of our doctors, request an appointment online or call us at (913) 831-7400.

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