An Important Lesson For You and Me
Most people recognize Mia Hamm because of her outstanding career as a professional soccer player. But many people in the eye care industry know her for a different reason. And it’s not nearly as pretty.
A Big Problem Off the Field
According to an article in the January issue of Eyecare Business, Mia Hamm spent her career playing outdoors without sun protection. After years of doing this, she noticed dry eyes and sensitivity. Her vision got worse. Her loss of night vision scared her. As her symptoms worsened, she couldn’t even go outside due to eye pain.
She was diagnosed with pterygium, an eye condition that can cause pain, inflammation, light sensitivity, and visual changes. One risk factor frequent exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Pterygium affects millions – some studies estimate as many as 25% of people in warmer climates are affected by it.
Mia would eventually require two surgeries to correct her condition. In my experience, patients that require this surgery are not happy about it. It can be incredibly painful and slow to heal.
What You Can Do
If your eyes are in perfect shape then it pays to do everything you can to keep them that way. Make sure you include regular eye care to preserve your eye health and visual lifestyle.
And if they’re not, you need help. If you have any of these symptoms, consult your trusted eye doctor today:
- Eye redness
- Eye pain or sensitivity
- Light sensitivity
- Loss of vision
- Blurry vision
- Poor night vision
- Dry eyes
These and other symptoms can be very distracting. And, if left untreated, sometimes surgery is the only option. So I wasn’t surprised to learn that Mia is now very careful about protecting her eyes and her children’s.
Now, she is a spokesperson for Coppertone Lenses by Vision Ease. She says her sunglasses go everywhere she goes. And she equates eye health risk to skin cancer when referring to the damage that can be caused by the sun.
Ultimately, she admits she learned a hard lesson. As I write, her latest tweet (@MiaHamm ) states, “I learned the hard way about sun protection for the eyes. Now I wear #CoppertoneLenses.”
You Can Learn From Mia Hamm
Take responsibility for your eye health and make sure you and your loved ones have a premium pair of polarized, UV blocking sunwear to protect your eyes. If you have the opportunity, add blue light protection for maximum effect.
If you’re living the visual lifestyle, it’s one simple but very effective way to keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime.
Question: Has sunlight ever bothered you? What did you do about it? Please leave a comment below and join the discussion.
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