With the bright summer months soon upon us, most of our guests turn their attention to looking at sunglasses. It is critically important to make sure that your eyes are protected from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR) by glasses with 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Taking care of your eyes during the summer requires more than just great sun wear. Check out these tips below to make sure you’re seeing your best all summer long.
1. Wear Goggles
A 2008 study revealed that frequent exposure to chlorine negatively affects the integrity of your corneal epithelium — the tissue on the front of the cornea that prevents bacteria from entering into the eye. If you’re going to be at the pool throughout the summer, make sure you put on goggles before diving in!
The same goes for the ocean or other natural bodies of water that can contain bacteria and contaminants that may hurt your eyes.
2. Wear a Hat
Even if you wear sunglasses when outside, you are not getting all the ultraviolet protection that you can. Sunglasses usually have gaps along the sides where UVR exposure can occur. By wearing a hat with a brim, you can add additional shade that helps keep harmful rays out of your eyes.
3. Bring the Drops with You
With warmer temperatures come more outside activities and more opportunities for allergies or temporary exposure to eye irritants. Having eye drops on hand can help alleviate symptoms before the irritation increases.
4. Drink Enough Water
Summer dehydration makes it harder for the body to produce tears, leading to dry eye symptoms and other vision problems. Drinking enough water each day can reverse the effects of dehydration as well as make sure you have enough fluid for normal eye function.
5. Get Enough Sleep
With more daylight during the summer, many of us find ourselves staying out — and staying up — longer. But did you know that being tired actually decreases your visual cognition? A 2008 study found that people who have been awake for as little as 18 hours start to suffer from decreased cognition, which can impact everything from their driving to simple activities like cooking and caring for children. Also, when you’re tired, your eyes are more likely to feel dry. This leads you to rub your eyes, which can increase exposure to irritants and diseases. Hit that pillow this summer, and keep your eyes fresh!
Longe Optical carries the area’s best selection of high quality, name brand sunglasses, which can be purchased with prescription or non-prescription lenses. Be sure to schedule your annual eye exam soon and while you’re here, pick up a pair of quality, stylish shades to help you see better and healthier this summer.