Swim Season And Your Eyes

Swim Season And Your Eyes

Now that Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, we are all excited about jumping back into the swimming pool. Most all of us will remember to bring the sunscreen, which is a good thing, but what are you doing to protect your eyes at the pool?

Did you know UV radiation increases as much as 25% when you are in or near the water? That is why we sunburn so easily poolside. That same UV radiation can be damaging to your eyesight as well, increasing your chances of acquiring cataracts, macular degeneration, or even skin cancer around the eyelids. That is why we carry a wonderful array of sunglasses that filter out those damaging UV rays. We have a complete line of sunglasses in both Rx and non-Rx to choose from.

The sun isn’t the only thing your eyes need to worry about at the pool, however. Pool chemicals can do a number on your eyes. The tear film that coats your eyes is one of nature’s magical wonders in that it’s the water, protein, and lipid combine to protect your eyes and keep them from drying out too quickly. Chlorine and saline, however, wreak havoc on your tear film, leading to redness and itching. These chemicals can also lead to Dry Eye Syndrome. If you wear contact lenses swimming, you are providing a surface for bacterial growth that can lead to complications such as corneal ulcers and in rare cases, vision loss.

This swim season we want to recommend you bring 3 things with you to the pool and 4 things back. The first is a good sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. The second is a good pair of sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays too. The third thing is a pair of swim goggles available at any sports or convenience store. That 4th thing to bring home is a wonderful smile of a fun, safe, and memorable day in the water.



Europtics Temporary Hours


In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Colorado guidelines to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are making the following changes to our hours of operations effective, Sunday, March 22nd.


Europtics Cherry Creek North will be open from 9 AM - 4 PM Tuesday through Friday, 12 Noon – 4 PM Saturday, and will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.


Europtics Greenwood Village will be open Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM and 12 Noon – 4 PM Saturday, and will be closed Sundays and Mondays.


Europtics Aspen Grove will be closed. All eyewear for pickup will be available at our Greenwood Village location during their new temporary hours.


Europtics Promenade at Briargate location in Colorado Springs will be open Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM and 12 Noon – 4 PM Saturday, and will be closed Sundays and Mondays.


These temporary hours will remain in place until Sunday, April 5th, at which time they will be re-evaluated based on ever-changing conditions in each of our communities.


Europtics will still be available for essential and urgent eye care needs. We are able to provide curbside pickup and adjustments as needed. The optometrists at Europtics have agreed to extend contact lens prescriptions on a case by case basis. Please contact us via email or by calling 303.321.3000.


We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and that we will see all our customer’s and patient’s warm smiles again soon.


The Europtics Team