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Protecting your eyes from Summer Sun

By Sophie Marshall

Protecting your eyes from summer sun

 

Top 5 Tips for Protecting your eyes against Summer Sun

Even though the typical British Summer barely lasts a week, it is undoubtedly most people’s favourite season. And why wouldn’t it be? The temperature raises from cold to slightly chilly, Dad gets out the BBQ, and for a lucky few we manage to develop a decent tan.

But while Summer is good for holidays, ice cream, and time off school, it can be tough on our eyes. Dedicated to keeping your eyes safe year-round, the Bayfields Team have put their heads together to give you the ten best tips for keeping yours and your family’s eyes safe this Summer.

 

Wear Sunglasses with Complete Ultraviolet Protection

Let’s start with the obvious one – sunglasses. There’s been a huge push in recent years on educating the nation about sun protection, and how harmful UV rays can be to our bodies. Yet while many of us now take great care in applying our sun cream, we still forget about the importance of protecting our eyes.

The best way to protect your eyes from UVR exposure is to purchase and consistently wear sunglasses with 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays – even on cloudy days.

Bayfields offer a wide range of attractive prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, and our dedicated expert team can help you find the perfect pair. Or, if you’re happy with your current sunglasses but have some questions about UV protection, you can contact your local practice anytime for expert advice.

 

 Wear Hats

Even if you are wearing sunglasses every time you go outside, your eyes and eyelids still won’t have complete UVR protection.

Even if you wear sunglasses every time you go outside, you are not offering complete UVR protection to your eyes and eyelids. Sunglasses usually have gaps along the sides where UVR exposure occurs. While you wear your sunglasses, minimize your risk and add a hat with a brim at least 3 inches wide. Consistent use of hats and sunglasses significantly decrease your UVR exposure.

 

 Wear goggles at the pool

When it’s hot on holiday it can be tempting to jump straight into the swimming pool. Although the chlorine in them is there to protect our skin against germs and bacteria, it can however be bad for our eyes. The best and easiest way to protect against this is by wearing goggles. Not only do some brands provide UV protection for your eyes, but they also form a barrier between harsh chemicals and your eyes, keeping them safe.

This is also true for swimming in the ocean and other large bodies of water, which can contain other contaminants that hurt your eyes.

 

 Eat well and drink plenty of water

It’s not just carrots that are good for your eyes. Studies show that there are many foods rich in nutrients that improve your eyesight and help prevent the development of long-term vision problems. Adding supplements to your diet or eating foods high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and zinc can assist with symptoms of age-related macular degeneration by slowing or preventing the progression of symptoms.

Staying hydrated is also essential to prevent dry eyes and other symptoms of dehydration, which can be damaging to your eyes and other areas of the body.

 

Stop smoking

53% of people are unaware of the link between smoking and blindness. Smoking can increase your chances of developing serious eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of sight loss in the UK. Smoking can also have a damaging effect on the rest of your body, not just your eyes, and there are a variety of options available to help you quit this summer.

 

For more information about how you can protect your eyes this summer, or to book an eye examination appointment please visit www.bayfieldsopticians.com or contact your local practice. 

 

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