Remember the eye drops aka artificial tears on hot days

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by NumberCruncher, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Been here awhile

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    I don't really want to create a new thread but as I am planning my last trip of the year, I suspect, I have been going through my gear to get ready for Wednesday's departure. In my tank bag I came across my little bottle of eye drops referred to as artificial tears. They are not medicated in any way and can be purchased over the counter.

    This past summer on my way to Lake Tahoe I had three days of 90 degree heat back to back. On day three my eyes started burning real bad and my vision started to suffer. This was the afternoon on day 3 and I have NEVER had any issues like this before. But I figured three days at 60+ mph in the hot, dry desert heat was enough to dry my eyes out. This problem came about very suddenly. I was doing just fine and then twenty minutes later I could barely see. Fortunately I found a drug store at the next stop and picked up some eye drops. Problem solved.

    But I'll tell you that if find yourself in this situation you won't like it. Without the drops it would have been debilitating to the point of having to stop and pour water in my eyes to stop the burning pain. In addition to the pain is the noticeable loss in vision that created a fairly serious safety situation. Think getting soap in your eyes and how bad that hurts. Add the vision loss and you are in no condition to be on two wheels.

    Maybe I am the only one who never considered eye drops but if you find yourself in the desert on a hot day and need them you'll be glad you have them. It is one of those have it and not need it is way better than need it and not have it.

    Ironically I saw an eye doctor last week and I still see 20-15 and eyes are in good health. He noticed the oil glands that secrete the lubricant your eyes need were plugged and I had scars on my right cornea. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a legacy from this past summer. The point is that I don't have an underlying condition that contributed to this so if it happened to me it could happen to anyone; especially if you are hitting extreme conditions that you don't normally see (no pun intended).

    That is all.

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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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    Good points. Easy enough to have some on the bike somewhere or in a small first aid kit.

    I do have some in my kit in the event I get a bug or sand in my eye and I need to flush it with something. It might be Visine though.
    One of the guy's I ride with had the laser surgery and I see him using that stuff sometimes when we stop.

    I can wear my helmet with my visor closed plus wear sunglasses with the foam gasket around the lenses and still catch a bug in the eye.
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  3. JGT

    JGT Been here awhile

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    I use these from time to time -- the Refresh Plus preservative-free single use vials. You can get a box of 30 for $15 or so. The preservatives in many of the larger bottles (not single use) will end up drying or irritating many people's eyes.
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  4. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Be careful also of following too close to a dump truck with no cover. Followed a lime truck several years ago, saw what it was and kept what I thought was enough distance. It wasn't!!! The next day, eyes all red and watery, went to Dr for exam. Got drops in and all was good.... but if I would have been on a trip....would have lost at least a day of riding.
    Full face with shield down too.
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  5. monkey wrench

    monkey wrench Been here awhile

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    Hydrate! Heat and the wind of riding can dry humans out rapidly.


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  6. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    I wear prescription glasses so the dessicated eyeball thing is not quite so up front, but I can see the benefit of having a small eye dropper along.
    My needs tend to be stopping excess sunburn on my nose and cheekbones. I carry and use a small tube of ski total sunblock. I don't think people notice as I wizz past.
    Tested in the south of France to 43C/110F, plus attendant Mistral and intense glare from pale road surfaces and white limestone cliffs.
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  7. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I was wondering if the OP had full face or open helmet. On really hot days I find it easier on the eyes/face with the shield closed. It's very similar to the argument about using a mesh jacket in very hot weather. Too much hot air will draw the moisture out of you like a dehydrator.

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  8. nickguzzi

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    I spent quite a few years working as a welder. Getting a nice UV tanned eyeballs was something that happened. FoL.
    A good soothing way of dealing with it without the hassle of swanning off down to A&E, was to lay a used tea bag over the affected eye. Two if you caught the full monty.

    You can make a cuppa with them first, for some restorative tea at the same time. But let them cool to body temp first... And squeezed out a bit, brown dribbles round the eye sockets is not such a good look.
    It may sound bizzare, but it really does work. I think it's the tannic acid, but may be something else entirely.

    This is with proper English tea bags of course. The stuff that goes into US bags may be another thing entirely.
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  9. 51%

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    In my experience it's more a result of low humidity in the western states. Hot with high humidity does not bother my eyes, but low humidity will at times, even in cooler temps. Great suggestion on the moisturizer.
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