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Summer Eye Care Tips

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EyeQue Team

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June 21, 2019

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Are your eyes ready for the summer? As you and your family spend long days outside and travel for vacation, keep these summer eye care tips in mind:

Wear Sunglasses Outside

You probably wear sunscreen to protect your skin from burning, but did you know UV rays can burn your eyes too? Photokeratitis occurs when the surface of your eye is burned by the sun. It is a very painful condition which can even cause temporary blindness. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. Especially when you’re around water and sand which reflect sun rays.

Bonus: Sunglasses will also help protect your eyes in windy weather!

After You Apply Sunscreen, Wait 15 Minutes Before Swimming

If sunscreen hasn’t completely soaked into your skin, pool and ocean water can cause it to run down your face and into your eyes. The sunscreen can cause a burning sensation and blurred vision until you rinse it out completely.

Wear Goggles in the Pool

Many swimmers wear goggles so they can see easily when they’re underwater. Goggles serve another purpose too—they protect your eyes from chemicals like chlorine. When pool chemicals come into direct contact with the eye, they can wear away your tear film which naturally protects your eye.

Rinse-Off After You Get Out of the Pool

Even if you’ve worn goggles in the pool, chemically treated water will rest on your skin and can run into your eyes when you come back to the surface. After you get out of the pool, close your eyes and then splash or rinse your face with fresh water.

Use Artificial Tears if You Have Dry Eye

Many people experience dry eye during the warm, dry summer weather. You can usually find relief by using artificial tear drops. However, if the condition continues for several days in a row, you may want to consult your eye doctor for a better solution.

Find more eye care tips on our blog!

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