As we do our best to get (or stay) healthy for summer, it’s important to take special care of our eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology emphasizes protection against:
Reflections – When the sun bounces off metal, water, or sand, ultraviolent (UV) rays can burn the surface of your eye, causing pain, blurriness and temporary vision loss. Wear 100% UV Protection sunglasses. A broad-rim hat is also a good idea.
Chlorine – Pool chemicals can damage the natural film of tears that keeps your eyes moist. Wear goggles and splash your closed eyes with fresh water right after you get out.
Dry Eye – Hot, dry environments can dehydrate the eye’s surface. Wear wrap-around glasses if it’s windy and use artificial tears, preferably preservative-free.
Flying Objects – Mowing the lawn? Fishing with first-timers? Use protective eyewear. More than half of all eye injuries occur at home but only about a third of Americans wear eye protection.
Regularly scheduled eye exams are recommended. A vision plan from AMBA could mean significant savings on eyecare and eyewear.
Summer can be tough on the eyes. Keep them in shape!