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
|allergies - lid swelling (due to plant or grass allergies)|
|hordeolum (stye) - bacterial infection|
|inflammed pterygium; episcleritis|
|herpes simplex keratitis|
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.
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
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),