The summer months are an excellent time of year to focus on our health. Not only should physical and mental health take priority, but our eye health as well. With increased exposure to the sun, we must be proactive in protecting our eyes.
Avoid ultraviolet (UV) rays. To help avoid the harmful UV rays that are emitted from the sun, be sure to always have a pair of sunglasses on hand. During the summer season, the sun shines brighter, reflects off of open water, and is more likely to cause damage to the eyes. Without eye protection, one can suffer from sunburnt eyes or cataracts, both of which can cause blurry vision, dry eyes, and even loss of vision. Additionally, try to stay in shaded areas and wear a large-brim hat.
Keep your eyes moisturized. In hot weather, the eyes can become dry very quickly. Dry eyes are a serious condition that can cause discomfort and blurred vision. If you are especially prone to dry eyes or are taking a trip to a drier climate, then utilize eye drops or artificial tears to help stay moisturized. It would be awful to not be able to take in gorgeous, summer views around you due to eye discomfort!
Be safe in bodies of water. No matter if it’s the salty ocean or a chlorinated pool, these bodies of water can cause irritation to the eyes. An excess of salt and pool chemicals can both be bothersome, causing red, itchy, and dry eyes. When swimming, remember your goggles and if possible, rinse your eyes with fresh water once you’re done in the water.
Don’t skimp on eye safety. Safety goggles are important to wear when doing yard work or playing sports, especially in the summer! Mowing the lawn, clipping branches, and trimming weeds can be dangerous for our eyes. High-powered machines like a chainsaw and the lawn mower can cause little sticks, pebbles, and dirt to fly into the air, which can harm our eyes. When playing sports like baseball or tennis, it’s important to wear protective goggles to avoid damage to the eyes.
Don’t forget to make your eye health a priority all year round, however, in the summer it becomes more likely to damage the eyes. Take extra care of yourself in the next few months to help save your vision.