Summer is in full swing! Whether you plan to spend your days at the pool, are headed to the beach or even a picnic, you have to keep eye safety in mind. Follow these tips and enjoy an easy, breezy, beautiful summer!
- Avoid swimming with contact lenses.
If you plan to go to the pool or the beach, contact lenses should be removed before diving in. By leaving contact lenses in your eye, you are at risk for bacterial contamination. Additionally, pool water can cause contact lenses to tighten to your eye, resulting in significant discomfort.
- Wash out dry, irritated eyes.
Whether it’s the chemicals in a pool, the ocean’s salt water, or even sun exposure, summertime can easily dry out our eyes. If you notice red, irritated eyes, try rinsing your eyes with cold water. This should help wash any irritant out of your eyes and off of your lashes.
- Wear goggles.
Wearing a waterproof goggle can help protect your eyes from the harsh chemicals, bacteria, etc. Make sure that your goggles fit well, forming a tight seal around your eye. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, prescription goggles are an option!
- Wear your sunglasses!
Sunglasses are the most important summertime accessory, no matter what activity you’re planning. To provide adequate protection for your eyes, select sunglasses that:
- Block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays
- Reduce glare
- Wrap-around your face for added protection
- Know first aid for eye injuries.
Accidents happen, but knowing how to treat different types of eye injuries can help prevent additional complications.
The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.