Vision is something we are so accustomed to that we may just take it for granted. However, it is important to take care of your eyes every day of the year. Certain times of year can present challenges to eye health and comfort. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to ensure a little extra TLC when needed.
Springtime and Summertime Eye Challenges
When the sun shines brightly during the warmer months, you may feel tempted to don a new pair of high-fashion sunglasses. Eyewear isn’t just about UV protection. In fact, statistics show that 90% of the eye injuries that occur during sports activities are preventable with protective eyewear. Your eye doctor can discuss types of eyewear that offer additional protection while you enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.
In addition to sports and exercise, injury to the eyes can occur during simple tasks like cleaning out the garage or pruning your rose bushes. Anytime you are working around the house, your eyes can benefit from some type of eyewear that will shield them from flying branches, bugs, or even a rogue spray of caustic chemicals used to kill weeds.
Sunglasses are more than a fashionable accessory. This type of protective eyewear blocks out the UV rays that can cause long-term damage to your eyes. Whenever you plan to spend time outdoors, even on your drive to work, sunglasses are extremely beneficial. UV damage can occur even when clouds are blocking full sunshine, and this damage has been associated with macular degeneration and cataracts. The way that you take care of your eyes now will affect eye health decades from now.
When you spend time in the full sunshine, especially near water, your eyes are better protected – not to mention more comfortable – when you wear polarized lenses. They minimize glare by blocking light that reflects off of water and other objects.
If you have seasonal allergies, you know the frustration of a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. The uncomfortable symptoms of seasonal allergies can be better maintained when you get an early start on your preventative routine, such as taking medications prescribed by your doctor. If you develop redness or swelling of the eyes due to allergies, call your eye doctor.
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