Summer is arguably the best time of year to get outside and soak up some sun. Between lounging on the beach, traveling through Europe, or hiking in Acadia National Park, it’s more than just your skin that is exposed to the sun. While you can’t put sunscreen on your eyes, there are a number of things you can do to help protect your eyes this summer.
Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) may come from the sun, but it can also be reflected off of other surfaces – including water. The best way to protect your eyes from these harmful rays is to wear proper protection. Many sunglasses offer 100 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays, so you should have no problem finding a pair that works. Similar to sunscreen, it’s important to continue wearing your sunglasses even when it’s cloudy.
Wear Goggles When Swimming
There’s nothing quite like swimming in a cool pool on a hot day. While doing so provides a nice relief, it’s important to wear eye protection when swimming in a pool with chlorine. Though the chemical is designed to get rid of harmful bacteria, it has the potential to hurt your eyes. Ocean and lake swimmers should still wear googles as natural bodies of water contain contaminants that can hurt your eyes.
Wear Hats When Doing Yard Work
While sunglasses provide a great amount of protection against UV rays, there are still gaps along the side that can cause UVR exposure. In order to minimize the risk of further exposure, we suggest wearing a hat with a brim at least three-inches wide. This is especially true if you plan to spend time in your garden this summer or relax on the beach.
As always, it’s important to avoid rubbing your eyes as you can easily spread harmful bacteria. Drinking plenty of water (at least eight 8oz glasses per day) will help promote healthy skin and eye health. There are also a number of foods that are rich with nutrients that provide a lot of benefits to your eyes.
If you’d like additional information on how you can keep your eyes healthy this summer, consult with your doctor.