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004 The Cycling Eye

The Cycling Eye

During cycling the sensitive, living human eye is exposed to thermal and physical elements. This can result in reversible or permanent damage. The following eye conditions are a result of cycling with an unprotected eye:
conjunctivitis (due to viruses, bacteria or allergy)
corneal foreign body injury - this may lead to penetration
corneal abrasion, ulcer
dacryocystitis - blocked nasolacrimal duct resulting in infection of the lacrimal gland
allergies - lid swelling (due to plant or grass allergies)
hordeolum (stye) - bacterial infection
inflammed pterygium; episcleritis
herpes simplex keratitis

Differential diagnosis:

Acute iritis and acute glaucoma (in the older veteran cyclist). These two conditions need urgent evaluation by an opthalmic surgeon.

Cataract. Cycling is not the cause thereof. See your health care professional.

Cycling tips:

Always wear dark glasses or shades to protect your eyes (corneas and conjunctiva) from the heat, dust, cold, U-V irration, reflected light and flying objects ("muggies").

Depending on the condition: eye drops, anti-inflammatory agents, anti-viral agents and antibiotics.

Visit an eye surgeon if symptoms persists. Gaucoma needs exclusion.

Opthalmic preparations: Chloramex(c), Spersanicol(c), Zovirax(c), Betnesol(c), Sofradex(c), Terra-Cortril(c), Antistin-Privin(c), Universal Eye Drops(c), Refresh(c).

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