Summer may be a time of fun and adventure, but it's also a time when your eyes need protection the most. From flying grit from yard work and off-roading to strong UV rays, there are a lot of summer obstacles that could harm your eyes.
To help you protect your peepers while you soak up the sun, here are a few ways you can keep your eyes safe throughout the season.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Whether you're wearing prescription sunglasses or non-prescription sunglasses, it's important that you wear shades that offer ultraviolet protection. UV rays that come from the sun can be reflected off of surfaces such as sand and water. If you expose your eyes too much to UV rays, you can suffer from photokeratitis or photo conjunctivitis (snow blindness). Long-term exposure to UV rays has been linked to skin cancer of the eyelids, pterygium, and cataracts.
- Wear goggles when you swim in the pool. Goggles aren't just for kids when they go swimming. Goggles are designed to protect your eyes from chlorine in the water and from other germs and bacteria that could harm your eyes. Regular exposure to chlorine can negatively impact your corneal epithelium, which increases the likelihood of eye injuries and corneal abrasions. That said, always wear a pair of goggles when you're in the water.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes. Yes, your mom was right. It's important that you avoid rubbing your eyes to protect yourself from contracting eye-related conditions like conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis can be passed on just by touching something that someone else has touched after they've rubbed their eyes. That said, it's also crucial that you're washing your hands thoroughly, especially before applying any treatments or eye-drops to your eyes.
Looking for prescription sunglasses to protect your eyes this summer?
The sun's rays are strongest in the early afternoon between 10 AM and 3 PM. But it's not just your skin you need to protect against UV light; you also need to protect your eyes. That's where Reks Optics comes in.
Reks Optics provides prescription sunglasses with shatter-resistant lenses made from polycarbonate and trivex. Whether you're looking for unbreakable sport sunglasses that stick with you when you go hard on the field or just a pair of stylish sunglasses, Reks Optics has what you're looking for. For more information on our shatter-resistant lenses and frames, contact Reks Optics today.