Don't Forget to Protect Your Eyes While You Are Outside This Summer

12 July 2016
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When you go outside during the summer months, you likely wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun's rays. One thing you may forget about protecting is your eyes, but sun can affect them also. Below are some tips on how to keep them healthy so you can enjoy spending time outdoors.

Protect Your Eyes with Sunglasses

The most obvious way to protect your eyes is with sunglasses. If you currently wear prescription glasses, you will need to see your eye doctor for your sunglasses.

Progressive lenses work well. These are a type of lenses that will gradually darken when you go outside in the sun. Polarized sunglasses are another option. They not only protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays but also reduce glare. These work great while you are outside by the pool or playing an outdoor sport.

If you wear bifocals, with progressive lenses you will have no lines on the lenses. Because of this, you should consider getting new glasses and sunglasses with this type of lenses when you visit your doctor. This makes your eyeglasses and sunglasses look like everyone else's glasses.

If your eyes become damaged by the sun, some symptoms you may exhibit include

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Bloodshot wyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive tearing

Protect Your Eyes While Gardening

If you like to garden in the spring and summer, you can get an eye injury if you do not take precautions. If there is someone nearby weed-eating or mowing the lawn, then stones, twigs, and so forth can fly out and hit you in your eyes. If there is someone doing this nearby you, wear some goggles until they finish.

If you are hit in the eye, your cornea may get lacerated. You could get a partial or full-thickness laceration. With a partial-thickness laceration, the abrasion is only on the surface of the eye. With a full thickness, the laceration penetrates through your cornea. No matter what type you have, you should immediately have a doctor check it out. If you do get something in your eyes while gardening, do not rub them. Instead, blink your eyes rapidly to produce tears, which should wash the foreign object away.

If your eyes continue to be irritated, visit your eye doctor, who can prescribe artificial eye drops to help sooth your eyes.

These are just two ways you can keep your eyes protected this summer. Talk with your eye doctor, who can give you many more tips.