Warm weather, tanned skin and endless fun in the sun are just a few of the many things that make summer an incredible time of year. But did you know that some of your favorite outdoor summer activities can actually pose a threat to your vision? Here are a few tricks of the trade that you can do to protect your eyes while getting your summer rolling with a bang!
Sun’s Out, Shades On!
It’s no secret that those summer UV rays are damaging to your skin (as most of us have found ourselves redder than a lobster time and time again after a long day at the pool). But excessive UV exposure can also slowly damage your eyes over time and is actually proven to accelerate the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.3 The best thing you can do for yourself is to make it a point to wear 100 percent UVA and UVB protection sunglass anytime you are outdoors.1Read more about the Importance of Sunglasses and UV Protection here!
Chlorine in Eyes
Ever noticed a slight burning sensation in your eyes after a dip in the pool? This is because chlorine wipes away the tear film protecting your cornea, making your eyes vulnerable to the left over bacteria floating around that wasn’t eliminated by the chlorinated water.2 Gross, right? Always try to avoid opening your eyes underwater, and if you do, be sure you’re wearing your swim goggles!1
Getting sand in your eye is a sure way to ruin your leisurely beach day. When it happens, avoid rubbing your eyes as much as possible, as corneal abrasions, or scratches inside the eye, are likely to occur.6 The best thing you can do is simply flush out the sand with some fresh water or sterile saline solution.6 Taking precautions by wearing sunglasses is another great way to shield your eyes from rogue sand particles picked up by the wind.
AC: The Silent Dry Eye Culprit
With the summer heat underway, air conditioning can seem like our best friend. However, directing air conditioners or fans toward your face can dry out the moisture in your eyes, ultimately leading to dry eye syndrome.5 Instead, consider cooling off by directing air toward your neck and wrists, some of the body’s quickest-cooling spots.4