Protect Your Eyes During Summertime Activities
As days get longer, the school year finishes, and kids get extra active, remember: the sun isn’t the only summertime eye hazard, and sunglasses aren’t the only protection you will need. From chlorine and sunscreen to fireworks and flying baseballs, potential eye damage is part of most summertime activities. Fortunately, our Canton and Monroe eye surgeons at Eye Surgeons Associates have some tips for protecting your vision and eye health this summer.
Here are some of the most important ways to protect your eyes this summer:
Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection
While your summertime eye care regimen shouldn’t stop at UV-resistant sunglasses, it should definitely start with them. Of course, UV protection should be part of your daily eye care regimen all year long, but between longer, sunnier days and more time outside to experience it; summer has more exposure risks than any season. That’s why ophthalmologists encourage you to be more careful than ever, and always wear lenses designed to reflect harmful UV rays.
Wear Your Protective Gear While Playing Sports
Whether you play in a baseball league or hop on your bicycle a few days a week, all athletic activity should include the mandatory safety accessories. Wear helmets, goggles, masks, and other safety gear exactly as intended, because getting lazy once could have long-term consequences for your vision.
Wear Safety Glasses During Yard Work
Googles aren’t just for woodworking. If you’re using tools in the yard, you should be wearing safety glasses too. These glasses should be hardy enough to protect you from flying pieces of machinery, as well as thorns, branches, leaves, and other surprisingly sharp projectiles that may go flying while you prune, mow, pull, or plant.
See an Eye Doctor After Eye Injuries
Some balls and bats seem to come out of nowhere, causing unexpected eye injuries that can get worse over time. What happens if you or your child gets hit in the eye? When trauma occurs, eye surgeons must be able to act quickly in order to prevent further damage. Visit one of our ophthalmologists right away for an assessment.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Of course, prevention is the best way to protect your eye health and vision. Regular exams help your eye doctor keep track of your eye care needs, and they’re the only way to update your corrective prescription. Keep your eye on the ball with regular eye and vision exams this year.