We hear a lot about protecting our skin during the summer months, but it’s equally important to protect your eyes. Your eyes are an irreplaceable asset, and keeping them healthy means you’ll maintain good vision for longer, and maybe for your whole life. Take a few simple precautions, and you’ll protect your eye health all summer.
- The sun is your eyes nemesis during the summer. Did you know that UV rays are just as harmful to your eyes as they are to your skin, causing can cause both short- and long-term damage? They also contribute to conditions like keratitis, cataracts, and macular degeneration, as well as eyelid cancer, conjunctival cancer, and intraocular melanoma. Every time you step outside, all year, you should wear sunglasses with built in UV protection. In the summer, add a wide brimmed hat, and sit in the shade whenever possible.
- Swimming underwater can be hard on the eyes. Swimming underwater can irritate your eyes, especially if you’re swimming in a chlorinated pool. Use eye drops before and after your swim, and wear goggles during your swim to prevent this problem.
- Eating well benefits your entire body, including your eyes. In this regard, summer is a paradise for your eyes! Fruits, vegetables, and fish are all readily available, and those are exactly the types of foods your eyes crave, to boost their function and health. The healthy weight you maintain with proper eating also benefits your eyes by preventing diabetes, which can lead to diabetic eye disease and glaucoma.
- The summer heat can drive you indoors, but you need to use caution with your screen time. When using a computer, opt for a large monitor, magnified text, and decreased screen brightness, to make it easier on your eyes. Put the screen at a comfortable angle and distance, and take regular breaks, giving your eyes a rest when they begin to feel strained.
Eye health is important to the health of your whole body. At our clinic, we treat the body as a whole, embracing an integrated approach to healthcare that makes the most of the body’s natural healing processes and how all its systems work together. In this way, we’re able to help patients live their best lives, traveling along the path to optimal health and wellness. To learn more about how we can improve your quality of life, call for a free consultation today!