Summer Eye Care
The sun gives us light and heat with sun rays. Ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) are the most damaging and are not only bad for your skin leading to wrinkles and skin cancer, they can also accelerate the formation of cataracts. Protect your skin and your eyes by wearing a hat and sunglasses anytime you are soaking in a lot of sun like at the beach, amusement park, bike riding, boating, etc. Don’t forget the little ones – they need it too!
Taking a dip in a pool is quite inviting on a hot day, but don’t forget to protect your eyes from chlorine. Consider using goggles while swimming. After you swim, rinse your eyes with fresh water.
Dust and sand can cause corneal abrasions. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from foreign bodies that can cause potential damage, especially on windy days.
There are lots of foods rich in nutrients that improve eyesight & help prevent the development of long-term vision problems. A diet rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E & zinc can slow down or even prevent age-related macular degeneration.
We always hear how important it is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water each day can prevent & reverse many of the negative effects of dehydration, as well as providing fluid for normal eye function.
A cooling eye pack can really help soothe your eyes. Place two slices of cucumber or spray some rose water on your closed eyes to keep them fresh and cool.
Your eyes can dry out just as much as your skin in the summer. Lubricating drops will soothe your eyes and prevent them from getting itchy.