Protecting your Eyes During the Summer

dsc_0074Warmer and longer summer days entice us to enjoy more time outdoors, but whether we’re spending the day at the beach or just relaxing in the garden with a good book, we must not forget to protect our eyes and sight!

Our eyes need the same care and attention as our skin during the summer months. Not only does the sun make our eyes more prone to infections and UV-related conditions such as Photokeratitis or cornea sunburn, it can also do permanent damage as UV rays deeply permeate the eye, causing damage.

To help our patients take good care of their eyes, we are providing some tips to help keep our peepers healthy during the summer months.

  1. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses
    Wear sunglasses that are designed to block 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Remember: UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the tint of your sunglasses is. So look for a label that states 100% UV-protection, as these sunglasses will prevent your eyes from being exposed to harmful UV rays. Take extra care by investing in a pair of polarized sunglasses.
  2. Protect your eyes while swimmingUse proper eye protection while swimming, to avoid  an infection or damage your eyes with chemicals.
    • Do not wear contact lenses while swimming. Wearing contact lenses while swimming may increase your risk of eye infection from microorganisms in the water.
    • Always wear goggles, and never swim with your eyes open under water without them. Swimming with your eyes open can cause redness as well as burning or dry eyes.  Wearing goggles not only protects your eyes from chemicals in the pool, but you will also see more clearly under water.
  3. Wear a hat
    Hats aren’t just fashion-forward but also a must when it comes to protecting our eyes from the harsh sun. The wider the brim, the more the hat will deflect sunshine. It’s especially important to wear your hat between 10am and 2pm, when the sun is at its strongest!
  4. Get some fresh air 
    Although it may be tempting to stay indoors where the air condition is keeping you cool, it can lead to dry eye. Because AC units remove all the moisture from the air it may lead to persistent dryness, scratchiness, red eyes and a burning sensation. Avoid this by getting plenty of fresh air and only having the air conditioning on for short amounts of time
  5. Drink plenty of water
    Drinking plenty of water will not only keep your whole body hydrated, but it also keeps your eyes healthy. So make sure to get lots of fresh water to help the eyes maintain a healthy balance of fluid, preventing them from becoming dehydrated and irritated.

Now that you know, go enjoy your summer, and stay safe!