A Guide to Caring for Your Eyes During Summer

Now that summer is finally here, you’ll undoubtedly be doing all that you can to enjoy the improved weather; heading off on holiday, enjoying days out at the seaside, taking a picnic to the park. With the sunnier days though comes the need to protect yourself and whilst you probably know all about the importance of wearing sun cream to ensure you don’t burn, one thing many don’t know quite so much about is how to protect your eyes during the summer months.

The experts at SCLO are however on hand to provide you with a guide on all the important things you need to be aware of when it comes to summer eye care and how you can enjoy the sunshine without putting your eyesight at risk.

Eye Protection

Whilst the sun’s rays have the potential to harm your skin if you opt to go out without sun cream, they can also have an impact on your eyes if you don’t protect them. Here’s a quick fire guide on the best methods of eye protection this summer;

  • Make sure the sunglasses you wear offer 100% UV protection, as they will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Go for larger lenses to offer maximum protection; aviators therefore not only look good but also offer increased protection!
  • If you are embarking on any water based activity or will be driving a lot throughout summer, consider investing in polarised lenses as they will help to reduce glare coming off reflective surfaces.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to provide extra protection and shade your eyes from the sun’s rays.
  • Exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of developing cataracts in later life, so protection in the form of a good quality, UV protected pair of sunglasses is a must.

For Wearers of Contact Lenses

Summer can be a difficult time for wearers of contact lenses, so here are a few important points to bear in mind;

  • Don’t swim whilst wearing contact lenses as you become increasingly susceptible to picking up infections from bugs in the water if you do.
  • If you are camping or attending a festival, it is still essential that you always wash your hands ahead of putting your contact lenses in and use the recommended solution to clean them, not just tap water.
  • It may be advisable to wear your glasses or opt for disposable contact lenses when on holiday, camping or at a summer festival as it can be difficult to stick to the necessary care routine you have in place.

Hay fever

With pollen levels higher during the summer months, hay fever becomes a very real problem for a large number of people. Itchy, swollen and weepy eyes can be a consequence of hay fever, but there are a few ways you can help to reduce the impact;

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes as much as possible from dust and pollen in the air.
  • Keep windows and doors in your home closed and make sure all surfaces are cleaned and clear of dust.
  • Get your doctor to prescribe eye drops to lessen the impact, but if you are a wearer of contact lenses make sure the solution can be used when they are in beforehand.
  • Head outside in the early evening as pollen levels will go down as the sun starts to set, so the hay fever symptoms might not be so severe.

As well as protecting your skin during the warmer, sunnier summer months, it is essential that you protect your eyes too, and this guide should give you plenty of advice when it comes to getting started.

This post was written by Oliver Kyle in partnership with SCLO; suppliers of designer and prescription sunglasses that can help you protect your eyes throughout the coming summer months.

 

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