Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Summer
Summer is about being out and about, enjoying the weather, and staying cool. However, there are still risks to your eyes when exposing yourself to the sunshine. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of summer without putting your eyes at risk!
- Always wear sunglasses. This may seem obvious when it’s bright outside without a single cloud in the sky, but did you know that even when it’s cloudy and dim, UV rays can still affect your eyes? That’s why it’s important to wear sunglasses as much as possible whenever you’re out and about.
- Prevent ‘eye sunburn’. Your eyes can get sunburn! When sunlight bounces off reflective surfaces such as water or sand, it can intensify the sunlight and burn the surface of your eyes. That’s why sunglasses are important, but we also recommend wearing a wide brim hat to make sure sunlight doesn’t get in your eyes.
- Stay safe in the pool. You might want to keep cool in the pool, but the chemicals used for cleaning purposes can seriously damage your eyes if you’re not careful. Always wear goggles when swimming and give your eyes a rinse with clean, fresh water after you get out of the pool.
- Stay hydrated. Your body tends to dry out faster in the summer, and this also means your eyes! Drink as much water as possible to keep your body and eyes hydrated, as dry eyes can lead to vision problems reduced eye function.
- Be safe outdoors. If you’re mowing the lawn, going hiking, or taking part in any summer activities, always make sure that your eyes are protected. This might mean safety goggles, sunglasses, or even masks. For example, sand from the beach can cause abrasions to your cornea, which could lead to long term injury if left untreated. Make sure you’re wearing the right clothes and equipment for any activities you intend to take part in.
Remember that your eyes are a delicate and important part of your body, and you just need to do simple things like wearing sunglasses to make sure that you’ll be able to protect your vision for years to come.
To learn more about how Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski can help you improve or maintain your vision, contact our clinic today at (815) 472-7558.