With the hot, sunny season just around the corner, make it a point to start the summer off right with a visit to your local optometrist in Oshkosh, WI for an eye exam and important eye care information. To get a jump on things, here are some ways you can protect your eyes from the sun this summer:
- Wear sunglasses: Ultraviolet radiation is a major pain on eyes. Look for sunglasses, prescription or not, that offer a UV light blocking ability of 95 percent or greater, and get reassurance that a tinted pair actually provides protection—some tints are just for show. For complete protection, choose sunglasses that are dark and large enough to encompass your eyes all the way to the sides, with the lenses covering your eyelids.
- Wear UV protected contacts: Although UV ray protection varies among contact lenses, some protection is better than none. And if you wear both contacts and sunglasses, then you have double the coverage as long as they are worn properly and whenever you go outdoors. Talk to your optometrist in Oshkosh, WI about a contact lens prescription with adequate UV blocking power.
- Avoid direct glare: By land or by sea, many of us will take to the water this summer. But did you know that riding on a boat or other watercraft and hanging out on the beach could be detrimental to your eye health? Intense sun glare bounces off water and sand—looking directly into the sun is bad, too—and this glare is strong enough to cause damage to your eyes when encountered too often. Wearing UV protected sunglasses or not, if you want to preserve your eyesight, it’s strongly advised you avoid direct sun glare.
- Seek shady areas: Give your eyes a break from all the summer fun by seeking out shade whenever possible—especially after spending several hours in the heat of the sun and during the hot midday hours between 10am and 4pm. This is a chance to take off your sunglasses and rest your eyes without the worry of sun damage.
- Wear hats and sunscreen: Coupled with sunglasses, wide brimmed hats offer protection for your eyes and face. Umbrellas—yes, umbrellas—are good tools for blocking out the sun from your head to your toes by creating a mini wall around your face to shield delicate eyes. The skin around your eyes is sensitive, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen to those areas too before going out into the sun.
- Teach children early: If you have young children in your life, take every opportunity to educate them on the importance of eye health. From wearing sunglasses outside during sunny summer days—or any time throughout the year—to teaching them about the damaging effects of the sun to letting them see that wearing brimmed hats is “cool,” kids who are taught these things early in life will have a decreased risk of eye issues later on. Knowledge is power.
If you have any questions about protecting your eyes from the sun this summer or need an eye exam, call the team at Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe to schedule a visit with an experienced optometrist in Oshkosh, WI.