We become much more active during the summer which means our eyes are exposed to different hazards and irritants.
During the summer months, we become more active and spend a lot more time outdoors. We spend more time exploring the woods while camping, endless hours in the pool and long hot days on sandy beaches. While all of this may sound like fun, it can present a unique set of risks for your eyes. Our eyes are one of the most delicate areas of our bodies and are susceptible to both irritants and multiple types of infections. Anyone who has ever had something stuck in their eye for even a short period of time can testify to the discomfort that comes with it. How many of us remember having our parents delicately remove an eyelash and the momentary panic associated with not being able to see? Imagine this issue multiplied, and you’ll have an idea of what we expose ourselves to throughout the summer.
How to Protect Your Eyes from Summer Irritants
There are things you can do to protect yourself against the risks of eye damage. The first step is identifying the threats or potential hazards and then knowing how to avoid the damage:
Sunlight: Your eyes can get burned the same as any other area of your body. In fact, they are even more sensitive due to their ability to focus directly on the sun. Getting sunglasses for every member of your family can protect your eyes against sunburn of the cornea and the potential for permanent vision impairment.
Sand Exposure: Getting sand in your eyes is a very real problem when visiting the beach or taking children to the park. This can irritate the eye and actually scratch its surface when not removed quickly. Again, sunglasses can help, but remember to carry a bottle of eyedrops that can be used to safely flush the debris out as well.
Pool Chemicals: Red, itchy eyes can be a symptom of chlorine exposure from swimming pools. Goggles can help to protect your eyes but taking frequent breaks from the water can also help. Flush the eyes with sterile, optometrist recommended solution when the irritation gets out of hand.
Lake Water: Swimming in lake or river water can introduce bacteria and undesirable debris to your eyes. Avoid opening your eyes under water, wear goggles, and make sure that you flush your eyes thoroughly after exposure.
Sports: Always wear sports goggles or protective eyewear when playing any sport that could result in a ball hitting you in the face. This is a sure-fire way to cause permanent damage when proper safety precautions aren’t taken.
Avoid Sparklers: If you celebrate the summer months with fireworks, consider avoiding sparklers or close contact fireworks this year. These can easily lead to eye damage and burns that can do permanent harm.
Using a healthy dose of common sense can help you to enjoy all your favorite activities without endangering your eyes. If it could put your eyes in a dangerous situation, make sure to avoid it or to wear some sort of protective eyewear.
When in Doubt, Contact Your Local Optometrist!
If you have questions about summer eye care and need prescription goggles or sunglasses for your outdoor activities, contact the Optometrist’s Clinic, Inc. to speak with one of our professionals today! Visit us at one of our convenient locations, or complete our online contact form to get started.