It’s official – the kids are out of school and the summer is here! As your summer kicks into high gear, here are a few tips to keep your eyes healthy all summer long.
1. Wear your sunglasses.
Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement. They actively block dangerous UVA and UVB rays.
UV damage adds up over time, so the sooner you begin protecting your eyes, the better, even if you’re in your teens or early adult years.
Doing so may reduce risks for pterygium (a benign growth), cataract, age‐
related macular degeneration and uveal cancer (similar to skin cancer). A 2009
survey by the American Optometric Association found that one in three adults are
unaware of the eye health risks of spending too much time in the sun without
proper protection. Just 29% of parents say they make sure their children wear
sunglasses while outdoors. So make sure children are protected. Not only will it
protect their eyes today, but it will teach them good eye health for tomorrow.
2. Wear your sunscreen.
And your hat. Too much sun exposure damages the delicate
skin around your eyes causing everything from wrinkles to skin cancer. Keep your
eyes beautiful by using proper sun protection.
3. Swim without contacts.
Water and contacts do not mix. The best way to protect
your eyes from eye infections brought on by exposing contacts to water and
improper cleaning is to leave them out when hitting the pool or beach. If you feel
you need your contacts even while swimming, be sure to wear your goggles and to
properly clean your contacts with cleaning solution after your swim. A little care
now can prevent eye infections later.
4. Drink your water.
And bring some tears with you. Your eyes need moisture. Being
well hydrated helps keep your eyes moist. If your eyes do not make enough tears,
you may suffer from dry eyes. This condition is quite common but can by
exacerbated when out in the sun and wind. While it may sound strange, people with
dry eye may find their eyes water quite a bit. This is because the eye is responding
to the irritation of this condition. Dry‐eye sufferers may find that they feel like they
cannot keep their eyes open for very long. They may also find their eyes feel more
uncomfortable after reading or watching television. If you think you might suffer
from dry eyes, throw a bottle of artificial tears (available at any local drug store) in
your beach bag and keep your eyes feeling fresh and comfortable.