Summer Eye Care: Top Tips for Protecting and Maintaining Healthy Eyes in the Sun

Summer Eye Care: Top Tips for Protecting and Maintaining Healthy Eyes in the Sun.

Best Practice Eyecare advocates for eye safety at all times, but with summer fast approaching comes the added risk of sun and heat related problems. Your eyelids are just as prone to skin cancers as the rest of your body. The delicate tissue of your eyes are can also develop sun related cancers. Protection is the only prevention.

Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection

Investing in high-quality sunglasses that offer UV protection is paramount for maintaining eye health in the summer. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to various eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis. Ensure that your sunglasses block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, opt for sunglasses that cover the sides of your eyes to provide comprehensive protection.

Choose Wide-Brimmed Hats

Complement your sunglasses with a wide-brimmed hat to provide additional shade and reduce direct sunlight exposure to your eyes. This simple accessory not only adds a stylish touch to your summer attire but also acts as a secondary barrier against harmful UV rays.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can affect various aspects of your health, including your eyes. In the summer heat, it’s essential to stay hydrated to maintain overall well-being, including eye moisture. Dehydrated eyes are more prone to irritation and discomfort.

Use Lubrication Eye Drops

Dry and irritated eyes can be a common concern during the summer, especially in windy and arid conditions. Keep lubricating eye drops on hand to relieve discomfort and maintain proper moisture levels. Consult with an eye care professional to find the most suitable eye drops for your specific needs.

Take Breaks from Screens

In the digital age, many of us spend significant amounts of time in front of screens, whether it’s a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Prolonged screen time can contribute to digital eye strain. Practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet ( 6 metres) away for at least 20 seconds. This brief break can help alleviate eye strain and reduce the risk of long-term damage.

Practice Proper Contact Lens Hygiene

If you wear contact lenses, it’s crucial to adhere to proper hygiene practices, especially during the summer. Avoid swimming with contact lenses to reduce the risk of waterborne infections. Additionally, follow your eye care professional’s recommendations for cleaning, storing, and replacing your contact lenses to prevent eye infections and discomfort.

Protect Your Eyes from Environmental Irritants

Summer activities often involve exposure to various environmental irritants, such as dust, pollen, and chlorine from swimming pools. Consider wearing protective eyewear, such as goggles, when engaging in outdoor activities that may expose your eyes to these elements. This extra layer of defence can prevent irritation and potential damage.

Enjoying the summer sun doesn’t mean compromising the health of your eyes. By incorporating these simple habits into your routine, you can safeguard your eyes and vision from the potential risks associated with increased UV exposure and environmental factors. Prioritise eye care this summer to ensure clear vision and long-term ocular health.

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