When we think summer sun, we tend to think skin protection—but what about our eyes? Our eyes are just as susceptible to sun damage as our skin; however, not many of us know this, leaving our eyes unprotected during these hot summer months. Take a few extra steps this season to ensure that your eyes are protected from all of your summer activities. For more information about summer eye health, watch this Lifestyle Matters segment with Dr. Baudonnet!
Here are a few of the best ways to keep our eyes in perfect shape this summer.
1. Wear sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.
Sunglasses protect our eyes from ultraviolet rays the same way sunscreen protects our skin. Even if you aren’t directly looking into the sun, its rays can still be reflected off of surfaces around you—especially water. Make sure that you are always wearing sunglasses outdoors, and make sure that your sunglasses protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
2. Wear a hat whenever you’re outdoors.
Sometimes wearing sunglasses isn’t enough. UV rays can reach your eyes from the sides or from above your sunglasses. If you aren’t a fan of the wrap-around design, make sure to wear a hat whenever you’re outside. Even this small tip can go a long way when it comes to your eyes.
3. Remember to wear protective eyewear when playing sports.
Summer is the time for fun, which usually means that more people are playing sports outside. Many sports-related eye injuries involve sports with smaller balls, like baseball, tennis, golf and badminton. To avoid these injuries, make sure to wear sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses. These lenses have high durability that will protect you from impact.
4. Use goggles when swimming in a pool.
Splashing around in a pool is one of everyone’s favorite summer activities, but the chemicals used in pools can be incredibly irritating to your eyes. If you plan on opening your eyes in the water, make sure you are always wearing goggles to protect from the chemical irritants in pools.