How To Protect Your Eyes This Summer

6 Eye Tips to Follow This Summer

Looking forward to summer? Follow these tips to make sure you're seeing the season through healthy eyes.Summer's almost here. While you may be focusing on getting ready, don't forget about keeping your eyes in top shape, too. Here are a few helpful tips to prevent your eyes from getting sun damage.

1. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from serious health issues.

Every time you step outside, even when it's cloudy, your eyes are being exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Even short-term exposure can harm your eyes, affect your vision, and compromise your overall eye health. Conditions such as macular degeneration, sun blindness, cataracts, and skin cancer have been strongly linked to UV exposure. In fact, your eyes are the most susceptible part of your body to sun-related skin cancer. Doctors recommend wearing sunglasses that protect from UVA and UVB rays whenever you're outside to protect your eyes from any potential hazards, not to mention the nasty headaches and eye wrinkles that sun squinting can cause.

2. Protect your eyes during home improvement projects.

Summer is the perfect time to get started on the to-do list: weed whacking, tree trimming, deck repairs. If you're not wearing a sturdy pair of goggles, you're putting your eyes at serious risk of painful corneal scratches and possible vision impairment. Make sure you and your spouse (or little helper) are wearing proper eye protection at all times.

3. Protect your kids' eyes with specialized sports eyewear.

Playing most sports will put your little ones' eyes at a small amount of risk. In fact, there are approximately 100,000 sports-related eye injuries every year. If your kids wear glasses regularly, make sure they're wearing prescription sports goggles to protect them from the wild hop of a ground ball or the flailing arms of a defender. You may not think a game of basketball could lead to eye injuries, but when it comes to their vision, it's better to be proactive.

4. Keep your eyes chemical free.

Sun isn't the only thing you should worry about exposing your eyes to this summer. The season is full of activities that will put you in contact with chemical irritants like insect repellent, sunscreen, chlorine and others. Avoid getting these in your eyes, and if you do, immediately rinse your eyes out with drinking water or artificial tears. And of course, contact an eye care professional at first sign of irritation.

5. Be on the lookout for eye hazards.

From fireworks to fishing poles to snapping bungee cords, so many seemingly safe activities can involve possible hidden dangers. Whether you're directly involved or just a bystander, make sure you're doing everything you can to keep your eyes safe. Wear protective gear, say no to activities you deem hazardous, and you can still enjoy everything summer has to offer.

6. Remember, vision correction is essential outdoors.

If you have prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses are key when you're outside. Oftentimes if someone doesn't have prescription sunglasses, they throw on regular sunglasses thinking they're covered. That's doing them a disservice, essentially trading one vision impairment for another. Prescription sunglasses enable you to do things like drive safely, easily read a book while relaxing outdoors, or jog without worrying about blurry vision. With the extensive selection available at Pearle Vision, you can make sure to pick a pair that will keep your eyes safe for years to come.

Of course, this list is far from all-inclusive. Use it as a reminder to use all of your senses this summer, most importantly—common sense. For the best eye health results, make sure to get quality prescription sunglasses and a comprehensive eye exam that checks for overall eye health before the season starts. Schedule your eye exam.

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