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Eye Care Tips for the Summer

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It is pretty normal to suffer from dehydration during the summer. Poor hydration has a negative impact on our overall health including the eyes. This is why our eyes dry out during summers and we are likely to experience headaches and slowly develop a weak eye sight.

Now that the summer season is in full swing; you have to take care of your eyes to the best of your abilities. Wear sunglasses when you go out in the sun as the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun can cause significant damage to the retina.

In light of this, here are some useful tips to help you keep your eye healthy this summer. By following these handy tips, you can maintain good eye health in the blazing heat.

Avoid Rubbing your Eyes

Surgeries such as LASIK for cataracts or glaucoma can often make eyes vulnerable to infections. This results in irritation and itching. However, it is important that you don’t rub your eyes, even if you do rub your eye; make sure your hands are clean.  People who have conjunctivitis should take care and wash their hands properly after applying an ointment.

Wear Ultraviolet Protection

UV rays do not just come from the sun. The rays also get reflected off surfaces, such as water and sand. This is why it is important for all of us to shield our eyes from UV exposure. It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of sunglasses that also offer UV protection.

Wear Accessories

Apart from sunglasses, another accessory that works just as well is a hat. It will help you to protect your eyes completely. There are many sunglasses that focus too much on the design and less on the functionality, which isn’t enough to protect your eyes from the unforgiving glare of the sun. This is where it is important that you always wear a nice, brightly colored hat or a cap to reflect the sun’s rays and keep yourself safe from UV exposure.

Wear Protection during Outdoor Activities

Cleaning products and chemical exposure can harm the eyes and damage them permanently. Hot weather will worsen any eye injuries, slowing down the healing process.

Make sure you cover your eyes by wearing protective goggles while playing outside or when performing an outdoor activity. Wear the necessary eyewear and gloves whenever you’re taking care of your landscape so that you don’t expose your eyes to dangerous chemicals.

Any infections or abrasions in the summer will worsen your eyes and cause long-term damage or infections.

Consume a Balanced Diet

A healthy diet is not just good for shiny hair and a glowing skin. It helps enhance your eye health as well. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals will keep your eyes moist and healthy.

You must include enough vitamins and minerals in your diet to steer clear of age-related macular degeneration. Make sure you consume plenty of fluids so your body remains hydrated – preventing dry eyes and skin.

Final Thoughts

If, despite your best attempts, you end up getting an infection or suffer an eye condition such as itchiness or dry eyes; seek immediate medical attention. Get in touch with an ophthalmologist to prescribe eye drops or medication to help sooth your condition.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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