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Do These 3 Things to Protect Your Eyes from Summertime Injury

Summertime is here. Whether you spend the season basking in the sun, working on outdoor projects, or staying cool inside, protect your eyes from damage by following the three eye-safety tips below.

Provide Your Eyes with Protection from the Sun

Most people understand that too much UV radiation from the sun causes damage to human skin. They may not realize that their eyes may also be at risk of developing eye diseases from too much exposure to the sunshine.

According to a recent study by the National Eye Institute, people who spent over five hours per day in the sun were twice as likely to show indications of eye disease as people who spent less than two hours per day in the sun. However, if the people who spent more time in the sun also wore protective hats and sunglasses, their risks of suffering future eye damage were cut by 50 percent.

When you play, relax, or rest outdoors, always wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection to keep the direct sun out of your eyes. Sunglasses made in a wraparound style are the best choice because they keep UV rays from beaming down on your eyes from the sides. Wear sunshades or glasses—even if you wear UV-protective contacts—to protect your eyes from the effects of high-energy visible rays, or HEVs. Some of the eye damage UV and HEV rays can cause include:
  • Photokeratitis (eye sunburn)
  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Pterygium (yellow growths on whites of eyes)
  • Pinguecula (pink growths on white of eyes)
Even on cold and cloudy days, UV rays penetrate the atmosphere and affect your eyes. Sunglasses should be worn year-round when outdoors to keep your eyes in good shape for years to come.

Keep Your Eyes Out of the Water

Summertime and water go together. But swimming and water sports can pose several risks to your eyes. Swimming for long periods of time in a chlorinated pool may dry out your eyes and cause discomfort and blurred vision. Swimming in lakes and ponds may expose your eyes to bacteria that cause infections. Use goggles to keep water out of your eyes whenever you're swimming to avoid these problems.

People who wear contacts aren't protected from water-borne damage since contact lenses absorb liquids very well. Always take your contacts out before showering, swimming, or engaging in any activities where your eyes may be splashed with water. If you don't remove your contacts, they might be exposed to germs like Acanthamoeba, which is often present in water from the tap, a well, or a freshwater lake, pond, or river. An Acanthamoeba infection is very painful and can cause significant vision problems.

If you need to wear vision correction while swimming, ask your optometrist about prescription goggles to protect your eyes. Remember to wear UV-blocking goggles on sunny days, even when swimming without your contacts. You need to protect your eyes from the extra reflection of UV rays bouncing off nearby water and sand.

Wear Eye Protection from Flying Debris and Objects

Summer is the season of hiking, playing sports, and doing those big projects in the yard. It's a prime season for eye injuries, too. When hiking, camping, weeding, and engaging in sports, take care to avoid lacerations to the eyes from random tree branches, campfire cinders, or stray baseballs.

Always wear safety glasses when you're engaged in activities including setting off fireworks, using lawn care equipment and using power tools. String trimmers and mowers often send lawn debris flying. Power saws and drills can also force sawdust to spray into the eyes. Fireworks can explode prematurely and cause blindness.

When you wear the proper protection while doing outdoor activities, you significantly cut your risk of corneal abrasions and other painful eye injuries. Supervise children who are helping you with your DIY projects, and make certain they're wearing their eye protection during water play, competitive games, and other summer activities.

Contact Harry W. Chan, OD immediately for a comprehensive exam if you experience any summertime eye pain, eye discoloration, or vision problems. We provide prescription eyewear for all of your summer activities, too.