Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sun. Whether you’re swimming, hiking, or just lounging by the pool, it’s important to take care of your eyes during the summer months. Here are some simple ways to keep your eyes safe this summer:
Sunglasses are a stylish accessory, but they’re also essential for protecting your eyes from UV radiation. When shopping for sunglasses, look for ones that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound styles and polarized lenses provide additional protection by reducing glare and blocking peripheral light.
Use a wide-brimmed hat
A wide-brimmed hat is another effective way to shield your eyes from the sun. A hat with a brim that’s at least 3 inches wide will block up to half of the UV radiation that hits your face and neck.
Use protective eyewear
If you’re playing sports or doing any activities that could potentially cause eye injuries, be sure to wear protective eyewear. This includes goggles for swimming and safety glasses for construction work or any other activities that could cause debris to fly into your eyes.
Avoid peak sun hours
The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 am and 4 pm. If possible, try to stay indoors during these hours, or seek shade when you’re outside.
Use UV-blocking contacts
If you wear contact lenses, consider switching to UV-blocking contacts. These lenses offer additional protection for your eyes by absorbing UV radiation before it reaches your eyes.
Keep your eyes clean
Swimming pools, lakes, and other bodies of water can harbor harmful bacteria that can cause eye infections. Be sure to wash your hands before touching your eyes and avoid rubbing your eyes if they feel itchy or irritated. Also, avoid wearing your contact lenses while swimming as they can trap bacteria and other microorganisms against your eye.
Dehydration can cause dry eyes, which can be uncomfortable and even painful. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your eyes hydrated and healthy.
Visit your eye doctor
Regular eye exams are important for maintaining healthy eyes. During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist can check for signs of UV damage and recommend appropriate treatment or preventive measures. Schedule a visit with your eye doctor to ensure your eyes are in good shape and to discuss any concerns you may have.
By following these simple tips, you can keep your eyes safe and healthy during the summer months. Our team at Ideal EyeCare hopes you have a wonderful summer! If you have any concerns, schedule an appointment with us in Council Bluffs, IA, or Omaha, NE.