June 20, 2018
We love summer! It’s the time of year for family vacations, swimming and water sports, and great weather for outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the increased time outdoors and around common eye irritants can lead to feelings of burning and soreness around your eyes. Here are some easy ways you can take care of your eyes this summer:
Although it’s important to use sunscreen when you plan to be outdoors, this product can irritate your eyes when applied improperly. Be sure you use sunscreen, moisturizers, and makeup products which do not contain harmful chemicals or fragrances. Additionally, never apply these products too close to your eyes. If you plan to go swimming, apply sunscreen about an hour before getting in the water so the sunscreen can dry and won’t run into your eyes.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from direct sunlight, wind, sand at the beach, and air pollutants in urban areas. We especially recommend glasses with wrap-around lenses for peripheral protection as well. Even if you have eyeglasses with transitional lenses, it’s a good idea to use regular sunglasses while driving, as your transitional lenses aren’t activated from behind your windshield.
Chlorine and other pool chemicals washes away your tear film, which keeps your eyes moist and your vision clear. You can protect this film by using goggles in the pool and by rinsing your eyes with artificial tears after swimming. And if you usually wear contact lenses, be sure to take these out before swimming! Pool chemicals can become trapped in these lenses and deteriorate them.
Regardless of the season, it’s also important to drink plenty of water. When your body stays hydrated, so do your eyes!