Protecting Your Eyes During Summer

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Dr. Thomas Marvelli

Summertime in Texas often means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that being exposed to bright sunlight may increase the risks of developing cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer. It is imperative that while enjoying the summertime weather, individuals also take the necessary steps towards protecting the eyes and making sure that eyes are protected from UV rays and other risks that come with time spend outdoors. Here are some quick, simple tips that will help keep your own eyes safe with summer rapidly approaching.

Wearing sunglasses

Individuals can lower the risk of potentially blinding eye diseases and tumors while enjoying the summer simply by wearing UV blocking sunglasses. Sunglasses can also protect tissues not covered by the lens and the skin around the eyes from UV damage. It is important to start wearing proper eye protection at an early age to protect your eyes from years of ultraviolet exposure. There are several recommendations on how to check the UV rating of sunglasses before making a purchase.

Look for sunglasses labeled 100% UV protection. To prevent the sun’s rays from entering from the side,  wraparound styles will provide the entire eye and area around the eye to be protected. Keep in mind that sunglasses are still important, even when wearing contact lenses with UV blocking capabilities. Also, remember that the sun’s rays penetrate through clouds and haze. This means that sun damage to the eyes can occur at any time of the year, not just during a sunny day in July. Investing in a proper, protective pair of sunglass can do wonders for eye protection against harmful UV rays.

Wear hats

A wide brimmed hat can also help to shade eyes from the sun. Baseball caps and other hats can be a useful, simple article of clothing that will further protect eyes from UV rays in addition to a quality, protective pair of sunglasses.

Hay fever

People who suffer from hay fever endure symptoms such as itchy eyes, blocked or runny nose, sneezing and difficulty in breathing. Exposure to pollen may also leave eyes swollen and weepy due to an allergic reaction. Try to avoid pollen as much as possible by keeping surfaces clear with a damp duster and closing windows. Avoid itching eyes as constant itching can cause irritation and scratching on the surface of the eyeball that may lead to more serious problems later on.

Summer sports

Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors and be active when the weather is nice. When swimming, scuba diving, sailing or water surfing, it is still important to take necessary precautions to protect your eyes. Wear goggles when in the water to protect your eyes from chlorine which can irritate and cause redness of the eyes. Be sure to remove your contact lenses before swimming, showering or using a hot tub as you could be increasing the risk of exposure to infection. If glasses or contact lenses are needed, prescription goggles are available at a modest cost to keep vision intact.

With summer approaching, it is important to remember to keep eyes safe from the harmful UV rays that emit from the sun. Keep these tips in mind as  you enjoy the beautiful Texas weather this summer and remember that problems with eyes can still occur, even when all the necessary precautions and preventative tips.

If you are experiencing any eye problems or thinking about LASIK or have any other questions regarding your eye health, contact Marvel Eye Center today and let help!

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