This summer, be aware of the scorching sun and how you treat and protect your eyes. Summers in Ohio can be tricky, with full sun days and overcast days that can be even worse for your eyes. While we try to combat the effects of the sun and heat by selecting the best sunscreens and covering our faces with scarves, we generally do whatever it takes to protect our skin. But, what about the other most sensitive sensory organ of our body? Yes, we are talking about your eyes. Eyes are as equally prone to summer damage as our skin is. However, we often neglect eye health when it comes to planning our summer protective measures. Protecting your eyes from the sun and heat is not an option, it something you must do.
We recommend the following six tips during the summer in order to secure the health of our eyes.
1 – It’s time to purchase protective eyewear
Sunglasses are must-haves for our eyes in summer. Our eyes need protection against the contact of harmful Ultraviolet rays of the sun because UV rays can severely damage our eyesight.
2 – Choose the best quality of sunglasses
While choosing a pair of sunglasses make sure that they are capable of protecting eyes from both UVA and UVB rays. It’s OK to spend a little extra on sunglasses since they protect one of life’s greatest gifts… your eyesight.
3 – Cover your eyes before diving into pools
It is suggested to not dive into any pool with naked eyes. Chlorine present in the water can be extremely harmful to the eyes. Therefore, next time you go swimming, do not forget to carry goggles.
4 – Use lubricating eye drops
People often experience dry eyes and irritation during summer months. This generally occurs with people who spend a lot of time working outdoors in the sun. To alleviate this problem we suggest to use lubricating eye drops. The drops will lubricate the eyes and eliminate some pain and dryness.
5 – Drink a lot of water
Dehydration can lead to a lack of water content in our body, and it also leads to dry and irritable eyes. Dehydration causes incapability of the tear glands to produce enough tears to keep our eyes moist. Dry eyes can lead to further eye problems.
6 – Rest your eyes by sleeping well
Studies suggest that people who work long hours in the sun are more likely to experience weak eyesight. Therefore, it is important for us to allow our eyes the required rest they need.
If you have questions, or concerns about your eye health this summer, call the experts at Corrective Eye Center to schedule an exam, or simply ask a question at (216) 574-8900.