We go to the gym, abstain from chocolate cake and drink gallons of water all in the name of good health. But what can we do to protect those most valuable organs our eyes? We talked to ophthalmology experts to find out what we should be doing to preserve the oft-neglected eyes.
Your eyes are very sensitive so you want to be sure that you take care of them the best way possible. The heat and grime in summer season can spell trouble for your eyes, making them prone to many eye infections. Bacteria, virus and allergens thrive in the summer heat and your eyes can fall prey to these easily.
Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age related muscular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer. Unfortunately many people are unaware of the sun’s harmful rays. UVB and UVA this ultraviolet radiation are able to some harm to your eyes. It’s likely that they will result cataract and damage your retina. Therefore, you have to safeguard your eyes in summer when you are going out.
Tips for Summer Eye Protection:
* Wear sunglasses with 97% to 100% UV-A and UV-B protection.
* Your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
* In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad brimmed hat to protect your eyes.
* You should wash your eyes with cold water.
* Don’t rely on UV contact lenses, also wear sunglasses.
* Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, damage to the eye’s retina from solar radiation.
* You use eye drops, but eye drop recommendation please consult with your eye specialist.
* Protect yourself on hazy and cloudy days too.
* Wear sunglasses all year round.
* Don’t be fooled by clouds: the sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.
* Don’t forget the kids and older family members: everyone is at risk, including children and senior citizens. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.
* Never look directly at the sun. Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, which is damage to the eye’s retina from solar radiation.