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6 Summer Eye Care Tips

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Summer means that the sun shines bright and strong, giving us many clear days to spend outdoors. While most associations with summer are warm and pleasant, involving fun vacations, water action, and relaxing in the heat, it is wise to remember that the sun’s summer rays also bring intense ultraviolet rays. In response to these rays, most people slather their skin with sunscreen. However, UVA and UVB sun rays also present additional dangers to your health, particularly to your eyes – and sunscreen cannot help you with that!

Spending too much time in the sun can lead to photokeratitis, a painful burn on the outer eye surface. This condition is a complication that can occur immediately. In addition, overexposure to UV rays is also linked to numerous eye problems that may appear in the future, such as developing cataracts, macular degeneration, skin cancer of the eyelid, and ocular growths.

Eyes are one of the most sensitive sensory organs of your body, and they are as prone to summer injury as your skin. To look after your precious peepers, our Washington, DC, optometrists share the following summer eye care tips:

1. Put on a pair of sunglasses

Sunglasses are the most obvious way to block your eyes from hazardous UV rays. When selecting the perfect pair of sunglasses in Washington, DC, we invite you to shop our fabulous, fashionable optical collection. We stock only high quality frames that are fit with lenses that have 100% UVA and UVB protection. For ultimate protection, the larger the lenses the better, so they cover as much of your eye area as possible; wraparound sunglasses are ideal. To enhance protection, wear a sun hat with a wide brim that shades your eyes.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as much as 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet rays occurs before the age of 18. That is because kids typically spend more time playing outdoors, both on land and in water. Also, a child’s ocular lenses don’t filter out UV light as efficiently as an adult’s lenses. To keep your child’s vision safe from the sun, come together to look through our trendy kids’ sunglasses in Washington, DC!

2. Swim with goggles

Don’t swim with naked eyes. Swimming pools are packed with chlorine that can cause extreme eye irritation, nicknamed “swimmer’s eye.” Chemicals that keep the water clean can injure the natural tear film of your eyes, leading to blurry vision, redness, and a gritty sensation in your eyes. Swim goggles prevent this harsh water from injuring your delicate eyes. Another helpful tip is to splash your eyes with fresh water as soon as you exit the pool.

If you usually eyeglasses or contact lenses in order to see clearly, a pair of prescription swimming goggles is your best choice for sharp vision underwater. Although we know it is tempting, do not wear your contacts for swimming! A cosmos of pesky microorganisms live in water, and some of these can lead to serious eye infections. Wearing contact lenses raises your risks of contracting an eye infection.

3. Wash your hands

Classic summer activities put your fingers in touch with a plethora of bacteria, sweat, germs, and other irritating substances – such as sunscreen and sand. Every time you rub your eyes with your bare hands, foreign particles can get into your eyes and lead to allergies or infections.

4. Keep eyes moist with eye drops

Dry eyes and summer go hand in hand. Heat and dry winds can all sap moisture smooth moisture from your skin and eyes. How can you counter the effects? Include lubricating eye drops (artificial tears) in your summer eye care supplies. These over-the-counter medications will moisten dry eyes to diminish or eliminate any painful symptoms.

5. Drink, and drink more

Dehydration is common during the hot summer days. As your body becomes depleted of water, so do your eyes. Tear glands cannot produce enough tears to moisten your eyeballs. When you head out for the day, pack a refreshing bottle of water to tote along.

6. Wear safety eyewear

Summer often means you spend after-work hours or weekends mowing the lawn, playing outdoor sports, or gardening. All of these activities pose a risk of flying objects and airborne irritants getting into your eyes. In fact, according to studies by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than a half of all eye injuries are estimated to happen at home – yet only about a third of all people put on protective eyewear. Don’t take chances with your vision – be responsible with your summer eye care and check out our safety eyewear in Washington, DC.