With the warmer weather and longer days, you may be excited about spending time outdoors this summer. Staying too long in the sun, however, may have damaging effects not only on your skin, but also on your eyes. Origins Eye Clinic, your trusted provider of eye care services and products, shares tips on getting your eyes summer-ready.
Bring Your Sunglasses Wherever You Go
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to several eye problems. For one, the surface of your eyes could get burned, a condition known as photokeratitis. This is why you should wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection whenever you’re outdoors. Using umbrellas and wide-brimmed hats is a good idea too.
Safeguard Your Eyes When Enjoying Water Activities
With the rising temperatures, you may be looking forward to engaging in water activities to help you cool down. Although they are refreshing and fun, they may do more harm than good for your eyes. Your medical eye clinic explains that the sea may carry microorganisms or other impurities that may enter your eyes and put you at risk of infections. Pools contain chlorine that can be tough on your eyes as well. Use swim goggles whenever you’ll be in the water.
Prevent Dry Eyes
Staying outside for too long, especially under the scorching summer heat, may cause your tears to evaporate easily, leaving you with dry eyes. Make it a habit to drink lots of fluids this season. We may also suggest instilling artificial tears to keep your eyes hydrated and moist all day long.
Have an Eye Exam
Visiting your vision care optometry clinic is always a good idea, no matter the season. Doing so can help maintain your eyesight and create opportunities for early detection and management of eye problems. During your visit, we can even share more things you can do to get your eyes summer-ready.
For more tips on taking care of your eyes this summer, call us at (612) 869-1333 or complete our form. We serve Bloomington and the surrounding MN communities.