It’s summer, and like most other people, you’re spending more time outdoors soaking up rays. When we talk about protecting your eyes during summer, most people immediately think about sunglasses. But summer eye protection is more than just shielding your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Summer time is also the prime time for many accidents involving the eyes.
People are spending more time outdoors working on their homes, yards or gardens. And they’re using chemicals on lawns, around the house foundation, and in pools. So how do you best protect your precious eyes from chemical splashes, flying debris or other summertime hazards?
Proper Summer Eyewear
Only buy sunglasses that are labelled as providing UVA and UVB protection for your eyes. The sun is shining brightly, which often leaves you squinting. You’ve got a pair of sunglasses, but how well do they really work? Whether you’re in and out of stores running errands or spending the entire day outside at a concert, sporting event, fair or festival, you’ll want to protect your peepers from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses are the one thing you don’t want to cheap out on. Glasses should fit closely to your eyes or wrap around the sides of your face. For even better protection, don a hat or visor to further shield your eyes, face, and neck from summer rays.
Opt for the Best Eye Injury Protection
Always protect your eyes from projectiles with a pair of high-quality eye goggles. Accidents happen in a split second. And many eye accidents happen at home while people are outside mowing the lawn, weed whacking the yard or doing other home projects. A rock, small piece of metal or wood or another object can quickly be kicked up into your face before you have time to react. Your vision is one of your most essential tools, and once your vision or eyes are damaged, it’s difficult to repair—and may often require surgery. Your goggles should shield your eyes from the front, sides, top, and bottom.
Here are a few other less common eye injuries you may want to consider.
Pellet or dart guns
Injury to LASIKed eyes
Snapping bungee cords (from securing luggage)
Battery acid (from improperly jumped auto or lawnmower batteries)
Protect Your Eyes with Quality Sports Goggles
Be sure to defend your eyes when participating in sporting activities.
Both large and small balls can create a multitude of injuries in a hurry. And paintballs are the worst because some people will head out in their backyard and start shooting without any eye protection. Depending on the sport, the proper eye protection can range from cumbersome (think hockey mask) to tight-fitting sports goggles.
Protecting Your Eyes During Summer Water & Outdoor Activities
Stop and think before you expose your eyes to chemicals or other eye irritants. If you wear contact lenses, it’s best not to swim while wearing them. The water can wash them loose from your eyes or contaminated water can get trapped underneath them, causing eye irritation. Your best option is to use swim goggles when swimming in any public or private pool. Pool chemicals can sting or even burn your eyes. If you’re feeling any discomfort, listen to your body. Get out and flush your eyes immediately. Then you can use artificial tears or anti-redness drops to soothe your stinging eyes. Other eye irritants include bug repellant and sunscreen sprayed into the eyes, as well as irritation from poison ivy, sumac or oak spreading to the eye area. Whatever you do, be sure to stay safe this summer! And call us with any questions. We’re always happy to help you.