Summer is a great time for outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking, and sports. However, it is important to remember that these activities can pose risks to your eyes if proper precautions are not taken. Here are some eye safety tips to keep in mind during your summer adventures.
Sunglasses are a must-have accessory during the summer. They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, which can cause eye damage and increase your risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection and wrap around your face to block out as much sunlight as possible.
Use Goggles When Swimming
If you plan on swimming, it is essential to wear goggles. Chlorine and other chemicals in pools can irritate your eyes and cause redness, itching, and even infections. And swimming in the ocean can expose you to salt water, as well as harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Wear goggles to protect your eyes anytime you are in the water, and make sure to rinse your goggles with fresh water after each use to prevent a buildup of bacteria.
Protect Your Eyes During Sports
Sports like basketball, baseball, and tennis can be a lot of fun, but they can also pose risks to your eyes. Flying objects, like balls or racquets, can cause serious eye injuries. Wearing eyewear with polycarbonate lenses, can help prevent these injuries. Look for eyewear that fits securely on your face.
Protect Your Eyes When Working Outdoors
Summer is also the time of year where you may do yardwork outside, such as mowing grass, weed whacking, pruning trees and more. Wear goggles or sunglasses with shatterproof lenses to protect your eyes from flying debris, dust, and harmful chemicals, like insecticides.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Summer allergies or dry eye can cause a lot of eye discomfort. If your eyes feel itchy or irritated, resist the urge to rub them. Rubbing your eyes can spread germs and bacteria from your hands to your eyes, which can cause infections. Instead, try using eye drops or a cold compress to soothe your eyes. If your symptoms persist, make an appointment with your eye doctor.
Be sure to take care of your eyes during the summer so you can enjoy all the fun activities this season has to offer without putting your eyes at risk.
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