5 Top ways to protect your eyes in summer

The summer can take a toll on your skin, hair, not to forget your eyes, whether it comes in the form of the dust, chlorine in swimming pools or simply increased exposure to sunlight.

Here are top five points that you should keep in mind when you step out in the sun the next time or plan for a summer trip:

1) Wear Eye Sun-Screen:  Yeah! Your Sunglasses

Just like your skin, your eyes also need protection. Many studies have established the link between UV exposure, and the development of cataract. So next time when you lift your phone and wallet to step out of your home, don’t forget your shades. It’s not only a style statement that you make but also much-needed care that your eyes need every time.


2) Care in pool

Whether swimming, water skiing or scuba diving, sailing, it’s vital that you take proper care to protect your eyes.

The chlorine content can irritate the eyes and may cause redness. Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes when in the water.

Always remove your lenses before using a hot tub or showering because there are germs in the water which may lead to some nasty eye infection. Also, do not swim wearing contact lenses. So if you use contact lens or glasses, there are prescription swimming goggles which are available at a modest cost.

3) Outdoor living or a night camp

It can prove tricky for contact lenses wearers to maintain the hygiene levels for lens care if you are in a camp. One research showed that many people fail to wash their hands before handling their lenses.

  • Use the contact lens solutions recommended by your contact lens practitioner.
  • If you wear reusable contact lenses, make sure you disinfect and clean them with the contact lens solution recommended by your doctor.
  • It can be difficult to keep your contact lens care routine while camping, it is best to wear your spectacles or even try everyday disposable contact lenses for holidays, so you don’t have to worry about contact lens solutions while you are away.

4) Wear Hats

Yes! You read it right. Even if you make it sure that you wear sunglasses every time you go outside, you still fail to offer complete UV protection to your eyes and eyelids. In sunglasses, UV exposure usually occurs through the gaps along the sides. While you wear your sunglasses, minimise your risk and add a hat with a brim.

5 Top Sun Safety Tips

5) Get adequate sleep and eat healthily

Although you know how essential it is to get a good rest, you may find it tough to get the sleep you need, particularly with a hectic schedule and busy lifestyle. However, your eyes are counting on you to be rested.

Researchers discovered that people suffer from decreased deficits on visual tasks if they have been deprived of sleep for as little as 18 hours. You might not understand the severity of the problem until you realise that you need visual acuity to drive safely or to activities like cooking or caring for children.

By taking a proactive approach to eye care during the summer months, you can minimise the amount of time and money you may need in professional eye care.

Consult a top Ophthalmologist

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