Taking Care of Your Eyes in the Summertime
Summer is the time for outdoor activities, like sports, visiting the beach and going out on the water. However, the sunny summer months can have a damaging impact on our eyes. Engaging in these activities or simply being outside increases the risk for sun damage, eye infections and more. It is therefore, important to take care of your eyes when going out in the sun during summer.
Why Does the Summertime Cause More Eye Problems?
Summertime means exposure to bright sunlight almost every time you go outside, which in turn means exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. These rays can increase the risk of cataracts, cancer and more. Too much sunlight can also cause watery eyes, redness and burning. You are also at a higher risk of infections due to the pollen in the air. Activities such as swimming, camping and sports can cause allergies and expose your eyes to dust and unhygienic conditions as well.
Tips to Care for Your Eyes in Summer
- Quality eyewear: Wear high-quality sunglasses that offer 99-100% UV protection every time you step outside. Have glasses that suit different activities so you are never without sun protection, and wear a visor or cap whenever possible.
- General hygiene: To avoid eye infections, always wash your hands thoroughly after being outdoors and before touching your eyes or handling contact lenses.
- Use goggles: Wear swimming goggles before jumping into a swimming pool to protect your eyes against chlorine and other chemicals in the water.
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