With summer around the corner, the eye doctors at Visual Health would like to remind everyone of the importance of eye safety. Whether it is sun damage or an eye injury via contact sports, the summer season brings potential hazards you must be aware of. In this blog post, our team shares a few tips for ensuring your eyes are happy and healthy all summer long.

Wear Sunglasses Whenever Outside

Like the skin, the eyes are vulnerable to the sun’s rays. (A sunburn of the eyes is technically known as photokeratitis.) In addition, research shows overexposure to the sun can increase the risk of several eye diseases, including cataracts. Wearing sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection minimizes the risk of sun damage. Because the sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds, it is important to wear sunglasses even during overcast or cloudy weather. Remember to also apply sunscreen of with an SPF of 30 or higher on the delicate skin around your eyes.

Practice Eye Water Safety

Whether you plan on taking a dip in the pool or ocean, wearing swimming goggles is essential for protecting your eyes from irritants, including bacteria and chemicals. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to take them out before swimming to avoid infection.

Use Protective Goggles for Outdoor Sports and Home Projects

Research shows that wearing protective goggles when playing outdoor sports or completing home improvement projects can drastically reduce the risk of an eye injury. If you plan on playing softball or a similar sport, wear protective goggles with anti-fog lenses that offer 100 percent UV protection. For home improvement projects, be sure to wear a pair of good-fitting goggles that can protect the eyes from chemicals, flying debris, dust and other dangers.

Use Precaution Around Fireworks

According to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were nearly 1,300 eye injuries related to fireworks in 2014, which was more than double the number reported in 2012. The best way to protect yourself and your eyes from fireworks is by attending a professional public fireworks show. If you choose to purchase fireworks for home use, make sure to take proper precautions. Wear protective eyewear when handling the fireworks, and never allow children to play with or handle fireworks.

The board certified eye doctors at Visual Health are available to answer any questions you have about your eye health. To schedule a consultation with a member of our team, please contact our Palm Springs office at (561) 964-0707 or our Jupiter office at (561) 747-1111.