Keeping your eyes protected is very important especially over the summer period. Prioritising the health of your eyes can help prevent and decrease the progression of symptoms related to eye diseases. Here is how you can actively protect your eyes this summer…
Choose appropriate eyewear
When choosing sunglasses, it can be hard to decipher which ones are the best for your health and which ones are there for style. Only certified UV glasses will provide adequate protection therefore, you will need to check if they carry the ‘CE’ mark or British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013. Make certain they are UV400 – this will ensure that they offer the best UV protection you will need. You may find that some sunglasses do not provide adequate protection due to having curved or flared edges, only use a pair that will offer full protection for the surrounding eye area.
Wear a hat for protection
Hats are a brilliant way to not only protect your head from the sun but also provide extra shade over your face. Choose a hat with either a wide brim or cap and combine it with a pair of sunglasses to help keep UV light out of your eyes.
Avoid directly looking at the sun
Looking directly into the sun can have harmful effects on your eyes and can cause Solar Retinopathy. This can lead to long term damage and can decrease your vision – it is important that you reduce your exposure to direct sunlight as much as you can by using appropriate eye protection.
Wear goggles when swimming
When swimming this summer, be sure to bring adequate protection for your eyes. Chlorinated pools can have harmful effects on your eyes as the chlorine strips away the tear film that protects your cornea. This can make your eyes vulnerable to any dirt and bacteria in the water. Goggles are a great solution for this problem, as they keep your eyes from being exposed to chlorine and debris. Lubricating eye drops are great for restoring the cornea’s tear film. However, it is important you source them from a trusted seller. You must also be sure to never wear your contacts when in the pool.
Drink and eat plenty
There are many nutrients within food that have direct benefits for your eyes, and these can help prevent and decrease vision problems. Foods that contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc are all great for this. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your body and eyes hydrated, this will help reduce dry eye, eye strain and vision problems.