Tips for Summer Eye Health

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 16-Jul-2013

poolglassesSummertime is here! When you’re out having fun in the sun, be sure to protect your eyes. Whether you’re sweating in the summer heat or keeping cool in the pool, here are a few tips to protect your eyes' health this summer.

Tips to protect your eyes from the sun

The sun emits powerful UVA and UVB rays, which are commonly associated with skin conditions, melanoma and even immune suppression. But what many people fail to recognize are the dangerous effects these rays can also have on the eyes. UV rays produced by the sun can increase your risk of developing eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and even cancer of the eye.

Protect your eyes from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays

  • Wear sunglasses that are designed to block 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound sunglasses are ideal, as they will also block rays from entering from the side. Remember: UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the tint of your sunglasses is.
  • Wear a broad-rimmed hat to fully protect your eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses, even on cloudy days. Though clouds may eliminate brightness from the sun, UV rays can still pass through the clouds and cause damage to your eyes.
  • Pay attention to peak sun times. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between the hours of 10am and 2pm. It is best to avoid being outdoors during these hours. If you must be outside during peak sun hours, always wear proper protection.

Protect your eyes while swimming

The summer heat in North Texas means one thing: it’s time to hit the pool! You may not consider swimming to be an activity that puts your vision at risk, but you might be surprised. If you don’t use proper eye protection while swimming, you could contract an infection or damage your eyes with chemicals.

  • Do not wear contact lenses while swimming. If you wear your contact lenses in the pool and swim with your eyes open, you could lose your contact lenses in the pool. If you lose a contact lens in the swimming pool, there is little chance you will ever find it!

    Wearing contact lenses while swimming also increase your risk of eye infection from microorganisms in the water. Any microorganisms in the pool can get stuck on your contact lenses, irritating your eye or causing an infection.
  • Always wear goggles, and never swim with your eyes open under water without them. Swimming with your eyes open can cause redness as well as burning or dry eyes. And the chemicals and pH levels in the pool can also damage your eyes. Wearing goggles not only protects your eyes from chemicals in the pool, but you will also see more clearly under water.

Summer eye makeup tips

Makeup can cause an infection if it gets in your eye. The hotter the temperatures outside, the more difficult it can be to keep your makeup from running and potentially getting in your eyes. Sun, heat and sweat can be every woman’s worst nightmare in the summer.

  • Wear sunscreen under your makeup. Before you apply any makeup, put on a moisturizer and an eye cream with SPF. Wearing sunblock on your face and around your eyes daily will help reduce risks of skin cancer, premature aging and wrinkles.
  • Avoid creamy or glossy products. Many foundations and concealers melt away in the summer heat. In the summer, powder products are best. Rather than apply a heavy concealer under your eyes to cover up your dark circles, mix a bit of foundation in with your sunscreen or eye cream and apply the two together. This will give you protection from the sun and a bit of coverage for an even complexion.
  • Use waterproof mascara. Don’t let a little bit of sweat cause your mascara to run and make you look like you have two black eyes. Waterproof mascara will stand up to the heat, sweat and even a dip in the pool.
  • Use waterproof eyeliner. Like waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliner will help you maintain your look all day long, no matter how much you sweat.
  • Apply eye primer before eye shadow. Eye primer is designed to keep eye makeup from fading, creasing or rubbing off. Eye shadow rarely makes it through the day, especially in the heat, without primer.

No matter what your plans this summer, always plan ahead with proper eye protection. The sun, chlorine and even makeup can damage your eyes. With these summer eye health tips, you can be sure to have a safe, fun and healthy summer!

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