Did you know that spending time outdoors during the summer months can both help and hurt your eyes? It’s true. There were two studies published in spring 2013 that indicated children who spend time outdoors have a reduced risk of developing an assortment of vision problems. However, it’s also been proven that certain outdoor elements may cause vision problems too. So which summer eyecare routines will help our vision the most? Let’s take a closer look:
One of the best things that you can do for your vision is to control how much sun exposure your eyes receive. That’s because the previously mentioned children’s studies indicated, some sunlight is good. Too much, on the other hand, may lead to sunburned retinas, and UV damage to the eye and surrounding skin.
Over the years, numerous healthcare professionals have widely pointed out that those types of burns may cause a person to experience pain, vision loss, photophobia and an increased risk of developing cataracts. The impact from UV damage is cumulative, and cannot be undone. The ideal way to limit exposure is to wear high quality sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats every time you go outside in the summer sun.
Of course wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats are not the only summer eye care tasks that can help protect a person’s vision. Being wary of the dangers associated with exposure to sand, salt water, chlorinated water, seasonal fireworks, pollen and poisonous plants is important too. For example, sand can scratch the eyes’ surface and cause blurred vision, while pollen can be an allergen. Exposure to water and poisonous plants, on the other hand, may lead to infections and inflammation.
In addition to being mindful of the season’s inherent hazards, summer eye care routines should also include annual visits to the Optometrist and the adherence to a healthy diet. To ask questions and learn more about summer eye care basics please contact us.