How to Protect Your Eyes in the Summer

How to Protect Your Eyes in the Summer

Here in Texas, the sun is never far away—especially in the dog days of summer. During the summer, plenty of people remember to slather their skin with sunscreen, pack extra water when they travel, and bring beach towels and umbrellas when heading out. 

But many people forget to take a few extra steps to protect their eyes when out enjoying the summer sun. That’s why Stacy Turner, OD, and the team at Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas, created this helpful guide about keeping your eyes protected in the summer. 

Enjoy the rest of the season to the fullest by making eye care a priority with our top five tips for keeping your eyes healthy this summer:

1. Wear sunglasses

There’s no doubt that sunglasses can serve as a fun fashion statement, but they also play an important role in protecting the health of your eyes. This is because sunlight shining off reflective surfaces, like water, sand, or glass, can cause photokeratitis, or sunburn of your eyes. 

Keep your eyes safe by wearing sunglasses that have offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, and choose big lenses that completely cover your eyes. If you wear corrective eyeglasses, talk to Dr. Turner about opting for transition glasses or contacts so you always have protection when you’re outside. 

For help choosing the right sunglasses for you, simply talk to anyone at Eldorado Vision & Optical. We make sure your sunglasses look great and offer the best protection possible. 

2. Grab a hat (or two, or three…)

Like sunglasses, hats help fend off dangerous UV light rays. In addition to wearing your sunglasses every time you step outside, don’t forget to increase the protection of your eyes and eyelids by grabbing a wide-brimmed hat. 

Help keep your loved one’s eyes protected by stashing an array of hats for your whole family in your car or near your home’s main entryway. By planning ahead and keeping hats on hand, you can protect your eyes all summer long. 

3. Be a shade seeker

If you know you’re going to be outside for extended periods — especially between the hours of 10am-4pm, when the sun’s rays are the most intense — look for shady areas to sit or stand. While some direct sunlight on your skin brings healthy vitamin D, long-term exposure can mean trouble for your eyes. 

Even if you wear sunglasses and a hat, it’s a good idea to bring along an umbrella or keep one in the car. The extra layer of protection is good for your eyes and helps protect your skin. 

4. Wear eye protection in the water

To cool off from the hot Texas summer, there’s nothing better than jumping in a pool, lake, swimming hole, or the comfortable gulf waters. But unless you protect your eyes, they can pay the price for your time in the water. 

In swimming pools, chlorine works to prevent bacteria growth that can harm your eyes. But this same chemical can spell ocular trouble, causing irritation. Wear goggles when going under water to keep your eyes safe. 

In lakes, rivers, and the sea, you can get bacteria in your eyes. This may trigger irritation and even serious eye infections. If you swim in one of these bodies of water, be sure wear goggles and rinse your eyes with clean water afterward to keep infection at bay. 

And if you wear contact lenses, don’t forget to remove them before getting in the water! Bacteria can get trapped behind the lenses and cause major problems for your eye health. 

5. Cover your eyes at work and at play

The longer days of summer mean more time for those outdoor chores and hobbies you’ve wanted to tackle. Don’t forget to keep your eyes protected by wearing activity-appropriate eyewear when working, playing high-intensity sports, or engaging in any other activity that puts your eyes at risk.

For personalized recommendations on protecting your eyes this summer, request an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Turner at Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas. 

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