You may not think that you need to change your eye care as the summer months come and go, but it is imperative to eye health that you are taking proper care of your eyes when the sun comes out. The sun can have many effects on our eyes, and without the proper care some could cause serious damage.
Our top 5 Summer Eye Care Tips
Stay in the shade during the warm hours
Whilst you probably know that staying out of the sun during the warmest hours of the day is recommended to stop sunburn, our eyes can majorly benefit from this too. Between 12-3 pm tends to be when the sun is at its strongest, and staying away from the sun’s rays during this time can massively reduce the strain your eyes face. Try sitting in the shade under an umbrella, or even inside during this time.
Wear sunglasses when in the sun
Wearing sunglasses is imperative during the summer months and when it comes to UV protection and sunglasses there is nothing better to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
But don’t worry if you are reliant on prescription glasses in your day-to-day lives, with modern technology opticians are now able to offer specially made prescription sunglasses meaning there’s no need to worry when it comes to your summer eye care.
Keep your eyes hydrated
Keeping your body hydrated in the sun is very important, and your eyes are no different. We’ve been left with a headache and feeling like we’ve overdone it after a day in the sun, well you’re eyes can also fall victim to dehydration.
Dehydrated eyes can leave you with symptoms such as strained vision, scratchy and itchy eye sensations and blurred vision. There are lots of different Eye Drops available on the market to help minimise the chance of your eyes becoming dehydrated. Our Dry Eye Clinic can help with any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Eye Care whilst swimming
Everyone likes to go swimming in the sea or pool during the summer, and whilst you may not always wear goggles, they are important to keep your eyes nice and healthy.
To ensure the cleanliness of many pools, chemicals such as chlorine are used. Whilst these can do no lasting damage to your eyes, it is common to leave them feeling dry and sore. Wearing goggles can help protect your eyes against this.
You may not realise but what we eat has a huge impact on our optical health. Whilst we all may be tempted to live on a summer diet of BBQ food and ice cream, eating right for eye health is important during the summer. Leafy greens and foods high in protein such as oily fish and eggs are good for eye health.
Would you like to know more about eye care?
If you have any questions get in touch and our team would be more than happy to help. Alternatively, if you would like to have a check-up on our optical health then book an appointment at one of our stores.