Indianapolis locals don’t have to go to faraway Florida or California to enjoy a few days at the beach. They can simply go to Saxony Beach near Pennington Road to take a few dips. They do, however, have to worry about catching certain diseases when swimming. The Huffington Post writer Barbara Fenig discusses one of them:

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“Pink Eye, also called Conjunctivitis, is one of the most common eye infections that can be contracted in water. Ocean water, along with pool water, irritates the eyes causing people to touch the affected area, spreading the infection. Often people wear contact lenses at the beach, which harbors the bacteria.”

The symptoms of pink eye or conjunctivitis are difficult to ignore by those who are affected by it. Eye redness is, of course, the most common symptom of pink eye, thus the name, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. People with conjunctivitis tend to be sensitive to light and feel a burning sensation in their eyes. Additionally, they have abnormal tear production or watery discharge.

Conjunctivitis is either viral or bacterial. To determine which is which, patients need to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist in Indianapolis who will take a swab sample and verify. Proper treatment- typically antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops- will be administered once the nature of the conjunctivitis has been determined.

“Meanwhile, locals who prefer sunbathing over swimming also need preventive eye care, and they can go to dependable optometrists like the ones at Moody Eyes to get fitted for sunglasses. The ideal sunglasses offer optimum protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, so 100 percent UV protection is a key feature to look for. Locals with sunglasses offering only minimal UV protection increase their risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal burns, and even eye cancer later in life. An experienced Indianapolis eye doctor can diagnose and treat said conditions.”

This is the season for fun in the sun. However, Indy locals need to remember that their eyes need extra care and protection during summer. Fortunately, reliable eye care specialists can provide them with comprehensive services: from sunglasses with UV protection to treatment for infectious diseases like pink eye.

(Source: 9 Surprising Diseases You Can Catch In The Nation’s Oceans (PHOTOS), Barbara Fenig, August 20, 2010)