Eye health is important year-round, however, in the summer when you spend more time outside, it’s essential to make sure your family is looking after their eyes and protecting their vision. Here are some easy eyecare tips to follow that will ensure your family’s eye health is taken care of.
It might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t wear shades in the sun! Even more people skip eye protection on bright but overcast days, but UV rays can still get through clouds to your eyes. So, the number one priority from our eye health tips is always to wear sunglasses.
UV damage to your eyes is something that builds up over time and can contribute to serious eye conditions later in life, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. That’s why we advise wearing sunglasses from an early age. Kids’ eyes are more delicate than adults, so they need even more UV protection.
Swap contact lenses for goggles
If you’re going for a dip, take a moment to remove contact lenses first. Even chlorinated pools can have bacteria in the water and it’s best not to think about what might be in the sea! Harmful microorganisms can attach to your contacts and cause a nasty eye infection. The best way to protect your eyes in the water is to wear goggles, and the good news is prescription swimming goggles are available.
Watch out for injuries
From games in the pool to foam darts flying around, summer play means plenty of opportunities for eye injuries. If you or a family member has a sore or injured eye, call our opticians in Stratford and arrange for our optometrist to take a look.
Book an eye exam
Before you know it, it will be back to school time, so make sure your child has had their eye exam if they’re due or experiencing vision problems before the new term starts. Contact our opticians in Stratford to make a booking today.