Ultraviolet radiation can be damaging to your eyes, we all know this already. UVR comes directly from the sun, and can be reflected off of surfaces like sand and water. Make sure that the pair of sunglasses you purchase offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. This is important because it can help prevent conditions like photokeratitis or photo conjunctivitis. Continual exposure without protection may also cause conditions like cataracts, pterygium, or skin cancer of the eyelids.
Try to avoid opening your eyes underwater, as the chlorine can be damaging to your eyes. To better protect yourself, we suggest wearing goggles to provide an extra barrier of protection against these harsh chemicals.
This is something we’ve all heard for months, but it’s a good practice to follow year-round. The best way to protect yourself from the spread of a disease like conjunctivitis (aka pink eye) is to wash your hands regularly.
Although sunglasses provide some protection, adding a hat as an extra barrier is recommended in order to protect against UVR to your eyes and eyelids. We suggest wearing a hat with a brim 3 inches wide or more to provide this additional protection. Who said a sunglasses & hat combo can’t be fashionable?
Utilizing eye drops can help to minimize pain and dryness that may occur more often during the summer months. You might be more prone to this especially if you have recently had an eye surgery or other type of procedure causing your eyes to be more sensitive to sunlight. If you have seasonal allergies that make your eyes feel dry, you may also benefit from using eye drops.