Summer is quickly approaching and it is an important time of year to ensure you protect your eyes. Your eyes are extremely sensitive and you want to ensure you take every precaution to keep your vision healthy and avoid eye diseases and problems. As we gear up for summer and all the fun it brings keeps these 5-summer eye care tips recommended by your Cincinnati eye doctor in mind:
- Wear Sunglasses – Make sure you and your children are always wearing sunglasses when you are outdoors and the sun is shining. Your Cincinnati eye doctor recommends ensuring your sunglasses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, which are extremely harmful to your eyes. Also, choose sunglasses that cover your eyes and the surrounding areas of your eye completely. This will help prevent UVA and UVB rays from sneaking in the sides.
- UV Index – Monitor the UV Index to determine the solar UV intensity for the day. The UV Index will help you prevent overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays.
- Hats – Wearing a hat can also help to protect your eyes and block harmful UVA and UVB rays from entering your eyes and causing damage. Your Cincinnati eye doctor recommends choosing a wider brimmed hat as it provides the most shade to your eyes and face.
- Swimming Goggles – Wearing goggles while swimming in pools will protect your eyes from the effects of chlorine on your eyes plus protect against water borne diseases that may be in the pool. Your Cincinnati eye doctor believes it’s better to play it safe than sorry.
- Be Choosy – Your Cincinnati eye doctor recommends staying out of the sun during midday when the sun is the most dangerous and can cause the most damage. If you cannot avoid being outside during this time then ensure you are wearing protective sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
Summer is a great time of year but it is also a time of year when we put our eyes at the most risk of being damaged. Keep them safe this summer by choosing to wear protective eyewear and take the precautions necessary to maintain healthy vision.
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Cincinnati eye doctor, Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.