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4 Tips for Looking After Your Eyes During the Summer Months

 

1. Wear Sunglasses

 

Wearing sunglasses when it is sunny outside is extremely important for good eye health. Overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage your eyes just like it can damage your skin. Long-term overexposure to the sun can be a contributing factor in developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Sun exposure can also cause cancer to the cornea, just like it can cause skin cancer. Adults and children should wear sunglasses during sunny weather, and when buying sunglasses make sure they comply with BSEN 1836: 1997 or have the CE kite mark and are marked with UV 400. It is best to get sunglasses that are UVA and UVB 100% protected.

 

2. Doing DIY & Gardening

 

During the summer months many people like to do DIY projects and gardening when the weather is nice, but both hobbies can cause eye injuries. Making sure you wear protective eye wear and making sure other people nearby are out of the way when carrying out certain jobs is very important. Strimming grass, for example, can cause stones, soil, twigs and grass to fly up in to the air and could easily enter the eye causing an injury. The same can be said with debris from sawing, hammering nails and other DIY tasks. It is important to prevent eye injuries from these activities by wearing protective goggles and making sure anyone working with or near you protects their eyes too.

 

3. Playing Sport

 

Sunny days are a great opportunity to play sports, but again these could cause eye injuries. As we mentioned above wearing sunglasses it important and they should be worn when playing sports outdoors when it is sunny too. Eye doctors also recommend wearing eye protection when playing most ball sports. The rule is generally the bigger the ball the less likely it is to cause an eye injury, for example a football is less likely to cause an eye injury than a golf ball. You should be able to buy shields and masks from good sporting shops to protect your eyes.

 

4. Swimming

 

Many people enjoy swimming in the summer, whether at their local swimming pool or on holiday, but swimming pools can cause problems with the eyes. Swimming pools contain chemicals to keep them clean but if these chemicals are balanced incorrectly it can cause the eyes to become irritated. This shouldn’t cause any long-term eye issues but can be very uncomfortable. Swimming in unclean swimming pools or untreated ponds and lakes could also cause eye infections. The best way to prevent eye problems when swimming is to wear swimming goggles, especially if you plan to swim underwater. It is also advised not to wear contact lenses when swimming, again especially underwater, as water can get underneath the contact lenses and cause infections leading to damage to the eyes.

 

Author: Samer Hamada is a distinguished consultant ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon performing eye surgeries at his practice, Eye Clinic London. With nearly two decades’ experience, Mr. Hamada is recognised as a leading expert in the field of cataract, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and corneal surgeries.

 

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