Everyone loves the spring and summer. Long days, warm weather, blue skies, and lazy weekends are just a few of the reasons we can’t wait for the calendar to turn to May and June. However, in our zeal to enjoy these months that beckon us outdoors there are a few cautions that will help to prevent damage to your vision. Take precautions and you will get the most out of the next few months.

  • Purchase polarized sunglasses that cut the glare and protect your eyes. Make sure they are a ‘wraparound’ style as the sun is able to stream into your eyes from the side as well as the front.
  • Wear protective eyewear when performing outdoor chores such as lawn mowing, painting, building and repairing. Even such seemingly innocent hobbies as gardening can result in an eye injury.
  • Purchase protective eyewear for all sports, particularly those that involve projectiles hurtling towards your eyes, such as softball, baseball, and summer football. Swimming and diving, hiking and golfing all come with a certain type of risk to your vision which can happen in an instant.
  • Keep an emergency eye kit handy in your car, backpack, purse, and around the home so that you can grab it quickly if a problem arises. Your eyecare first aid kit should include eye patches, eye wash, eye flush and dressing packs.
  • Avoid environmental pollutants and allergens that can instigate vision problems. For example, if you are having an outdoor barbecue or other activity that involves smoke and fire – keep your eyes covered. Smoke hurts your vision. If you are allergic to certain pollens, be sure you have the proper treatment so your eyes do not suffer.

And, of course, eat right, get lots of rest and avoid extended screen time. Close your eyes occasionally to allow them to rejuvenate. If you experience any problems with your vision, contact the experts at Island Eyecare.