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I don’t like to brag, but I have a pterygium and you don’t

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Probably you don’t. And you don’t want a pterygium—it’s not a pet, though it sounds sort of like one. It will grow, but slowly. However, peeling it off tends to rouse it up and it grows back faster. I got some GenTeal eye drops, which are said to help. Mostly avoid irritating the eyes: avoiding things like chlorinated water (I don’t swim), dust, UV rays. I wonder whether a long period when I didn’t wear sunglasses contributed. Oh, well.

On the bright side, I am getting lenses from a new prescription that should markedly improve my vision. The old prescription was suboptimal. OTOH, I am now without my good glasses for a week. So it goes.

When you’re out of doors, wear sunglasses. Good ones. That’s my advice.

UPDATE: “Good ones”: I have found that amber/brown provides the sharpest image (better than green or grey, for example). 85% light absorption is good: the sunglasses should absorb enough light so that you can’t wear them indoors because everything’s then too dark. Polarized is good: cuts down on glare from reflected light, which is polarized as well. The glasses should reflect all ultraviolet and infrared. REI is a good source, as is a good optician. (A “good optician” is one who agrees with my recommendations. 🙂 )

Written by Leisureguy

12 August 2008 at 2:33 pm

Posted in Daily life

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  1. I was stationed in San Diego for about a year and when I would step out from our dark control rooms to the bright southern California sun to smoke (I’ve since quit almost two years ago) I would get severe head aches from the brightness. I invested in a pair of $100 sunglasses which my son subsequently broke. Ever since then I have a sensitivity to bright light. The headaches come back and I instantly feel fatigued. Until then the only problem I had with the sun was my Photic Sneeze Reflex.



    12 August 2008 at 5:14 pm

  2. I hope you got good sunglasses again. If not, stop by your local REI store and check out what they have. I like brown/amber, 85% absorption of visible light, polarized, 100% reflection of UV and infrared. YMMV. But if you don’t have to take them off to see indoors, they’re transmitting too much light.



    12 August 2008 at 6:12 pm

  3. Since then I’ve gotten polarized for fishing and various 5 dollar sunglasses. In my line of work I’m afraid to spend too much on sunglasses. I’ll check out REI thanks.



    12 August 2008 at 8:31 pm

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