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5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes This Summer in Annapolis & Kent Island

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With summertime here, this also means pools, beaches, and sun. While there are many ways to enjoy the water and sunshine, there are some simple safety measures you can take to make sure your eyes stay healthy.
  1. Wear sunglasses with 100% UV Protection. Sunburn doesn’t only apply to your skin. Your eyes are also susceptible to temporary damage from UV rays. Reflection of the sun off the water is another place to remember this.
  2. Wear goggles. This seems like a given, however, it is surprising how overlooked this can be. Goggles not only protect your eyes from chlorine and other chemicals in a pool, but any other lingering bacteria or parasites that could be present in freshwater as well.
  3. Remove your contacts. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends against swimming in your contact lenses to prevent corneal infection which could lead to severe eye damage. Your goggles won’t help you this time. 
  4. Flush your eyes after swimming. Artificial tears help to flush out any debris and restore the natural pH of the eye. Make sure you have some on hand in your summer bag.
  5. Always swim in places you know and trust. With natural bodies of water, you always subject yourself to bacteria in the water because it’s not chlorinated, but even the most well-maintained pool can contain contaminants. The EPA and your state and local parks provide water-bacteria reports for swimming locations.
If you have any questions or concerns, schedule an appointment with Dr. Barr to discuss the best ways to protect your eyes. Click here to contact us today!

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