• No contacts when swimming – water and contact lenses just do not mix so leave them somewhere safe when you dive in the pool or the sea. If you really cannot do without your contacts when in the water then wear a good pair of goggles and ensure your lenses are thoroughly cleaned when you get out.
• Drink plenty of water – your eyes need moisture and at this time of year they can get very dry in the wind and sun. If your eyes do feel sore they may need tears to moisturise them. Get a bottle of ‘artificial tears’ from the chemist or sit down and watch a good weepie!
• Kids + wind + towels + sand = trouble – if you or your family get sand in their eyes, do not rub them as this can risk scratching the cornea which is extremely painful. Tip the head back, hold the eye open and rinse with clean water.
• Don’t keep your eye too closely on the ball – summer is the time for ball games, such as cricket, tennis, rounders or throwing a Frisbee around. Be careful and consider wearing protective goggles.
• Rest up – sleep is vitally important for the health of your eyes so make sure you are getting plenty. You’re on holiday - take a siesta.
So, whether you are lying on the beach, lounging around the pool, at the barbecue or chilling at a festival, remember to take care.