Summer EYE Care Tips
Taking care of your eyes during the summer is essential to protect them from the potential hazards of increased sun exposure and other seasonal factors. Here are some tips to help you maintain good eye health during the summer:
1. Wear sunglasses
… or don’t: It really depends. There have been several studies that concluded that wearing sunglasses all the time actually can give you a sunburn. See, your eyes help regulate how much melatonin your skin should produce to protect you from the sun. We say invest in a good pair of sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection. Look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Wear them in harsh environments and definitely while driving. But know that exposing your eyes to the natural sunlight will benefit your eyes. Just don’t look straight up to the sun… never do that.
2. Use a wide-brimmed hat:
This is a great option if you want to ditch the sunglasses. This will help reduce the amount of direct sunlight reaching your eyes and will help protect your face from sunlight.
3. Avoid peak sun hours:
When the sun is at its strongest, usually between 12 a.m. and 4 p.m., try to stay indoors or seek shade as much as possible. This is when UV radiation is most intense and can be harmful to your eyes.
4. Stay hydrated:
Dehydration can have negative effects on your eye health. Drink plenty of water to stay properly hydrated, especially during hot summer days. This helps maintain moisture in your eyes and prevents dryness and irritation.
5. Use lubricating eye drops:
Air conditioning and dry summer air can cause eye dryness and discomfort. Consider using lubricating eye drops or artificial tears to keep your eyes hydrated and relieve any dryness or irritation.
6. Take breaks from digital screens:
During summer vacations or time off, it's common to spend more time using digital devices. However, prolonged screen time can strain your eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. This helps reduce eye strain and fatigue.
7. Practice proper contact lens hygiene:
If you wear contact lenses, it's crucial to maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses, and follow the recommended cleaning and disinfecting guidelines. Avoid swimming or showering while wearing contact lenses to prevent potential infections.
8. Stay away from irritants:
Summer allergens like pollen and dust can cause eye allergies and irritation. Try to avoid exposure to allergens as much as possible, and consider using over-the-counter allergy eye drops to alleviate symptoms.
9. Stay vigilant with eye protection:
Engage in activities that may put your eyes at risk, such as gardening, playing sports, or using power tools, with caution. Use appropriate eye protection like safety goggles or glasses to prevent eye injuries.
10. Visit an eye care professional:
Regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining optimal eye health. Schedule a comprehensive eye examination with an eye care professional to monitor your eye health and address any concerns you may have.
Remember, if you experience persistent eye discomfort, vision changes, or any other concerning symptoms, it's best to consult an eye care professional for proper evaluation and guidance.
In the meantime browse our selection of reading glasses and sunglasses to help your eyes stay healthy this summer.