We all know that it’s important to protect our skin in the summer, as we’re bound to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sunlight but what are you doing to protect your eyes? Your eyes are just as easily affected by the sun as your skin, so it’s important that you know how to protect them while you’re enjoying the weather and taking part in summer activities that have the potential to irritate your eyes too.
Wearing sunglasses is the most obvious way of protecting your eyes this summer. In the same way that not all sun creams are created equal, not all sunglasses will offer your eyes the same level of protection so don’t be fooled by a pair with dark lenses! It’s important that your sunglasses offer 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays in order to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation. Wearing sunglasses in summer is especially important because ultraviolet rays can also be reflected off surfaces like sand and water, inflicting further damage.
Prescription sunglasses are vital for protecting your eyes in the summer if you normally wear glasses because your eyes strain more easily in the bright light. So, if you wear regular sunglasses you’ll be tiring your eyes out, which can cause your vision to worsen over time.
Contact lens wearers know that one of the cardinal rules is to never wash your contact lenses with water or wear them in the shower or when swimming. This same rule applies in the summer if you’re going to be taking a dip in the pool or going on a beach holiday. Whether you wear contact lenses or not, make sure that you wear goggles to protect your eyes – the chemicals in swimming pools can cause eye infections and the salt in seawater will dry them out. If you’re taking advantage of the warm weather to go for a swim in freshwater, you should still wear eye protection because even natural water sources like rivers and crystal clear lakes can hide away harmful parasites and bacteria.
Use Eye Drops
Your eyes can become drier in summer because of the lack of humidity, making them more susceptible to irritation so it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of eye drops on hand during the warmer months. Using eye drops is especially important if you already suffer from dry eyes or if your hay fever is severe enough to affect them.
Keep Your Distance From the Campfire
The summer months are the perfect time for a camping trip but make sure that you’re mindful of protecting your eyes when you’re gathering around the campfire in the evenings. We’ve all made the mistake of sitting too close to the fire and then waking up the next morning with puffy and blotchy eyes caused by smoke irritation. To avoid this unnecessary discomfort, swap your seat close to the fire for a blanket instead and remember that if you’re sitting close enough for your face to be hot, then your eyes will pay the price in the morning. It’s not just the heat and the smoke you have to keep your distance from either. Flying embers and ash can easily get in your eyes with the slightest breeze so keep your distance from the flames and make sure that you roast your marshmallows with an extra long skewer.
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