Summer Eye Care

As enjoyable as the sun is, it can be pretty harsh on the body, including on the eyes. It’s important to do everything you can to protect your eyes as much as possible. There are those who feel that throwing on just any random pair of sunglasses is enough, but is it really? Maybe not so much. If you want to kick your summer eye care up a notch, keep reading for tips that can help you do just that.

Wear Project Protection
DIYers like to get a lot done, especially in the spring and summer, but not all of them wear eye protection. Whether you’re working with wood, you’re spray-painting, or you’re doing another type of project, always make sure to wear the proper eye-wear. The last thing you want is something flying into your eye and causing injury.

Wear a Hat
Sunglasses are great, but when they’re paired with a hat, it’s even better and can offer you even more protection. They can also make it much easier to see, especially when the sun is shining brightly.

Apply Sunscreen
So here’s the issue. It’s not a good idea to apply sunscreen directly to your eyelids because you may have a problem when you sweat with it dripping right into your eyes. If you feel that you want to apply some type of sun protection to your eyelids, you may want to consider using a moisturizer that has SPF in it as it’s more easily absorbed or looking into using sunscreen sticks. You can also get a recommendation from your dermatologist or optometrist about what they would personally suggest for you.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Get the Right Sunglasses
Rather than go for the cheapest sunglasses, it’s best to buy ones that are going to properly protect your eyes. There are several types of sunglasses that are relatively affordable and are functional as well as fashionable. Look for ones that are going to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays and that have wide arms rather than ones that are thin.

Don’t Wear Contacts While Swimming
Wearing your contacts while swimming could lead to irritation, infection, or other eye problems. As tempting as it may be to wear your contacts while you’re in the ocean, pool, river, lake, or another type of water, it’s better if you take them out beforehand. Also, before you take them out or put them back in, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands.

Check Out the Pollen Forecast
If you have allergy eyes, all the allergens floating around in the air could cause your eyes to get red, itchy, and watery. Before you go out, check the pollen report for the day, and if it’s too high, you may be better off waiting to go out until the evening. If you do have to go out, it’s best if you leave your windows closed and crank up the AC in your car instead.

Summer eye care is incredibly important, and it takes very little effort to protect your eyes even more than you already do. If you have any questions about how to better protect your eyes in the summer, don’t hesitate to contact your optometrist.