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5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

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Summer is made for fun in the sun. However, while you're outside enjoying the good weather and long days, your eyes could be getting damaged. How can you protect them from the elements and your summer activities? This guide includes five ways you can help your eyes stay healthy.
1. Wear Sunglasses
Everyone likes to wear sunglasses in the sun to help with vision, but it's vital in the summer. Look for a good pair of sunglasses that block both types of ultraviolet rays (UV-A and UV-B).
Sunglasses are important even when you may not think they are. For instance, even if you have contacts that offer some UV ray protection, it's good to ensure it with additional sunglasses. Keep in mind that these harmful rays can still get to your eyes and cause long-term damage even when you're in the shade. 
2. Keep Eyes Moist
Your eyes can dry out even quicker than normal when it's hot and dry outside. If you sometimes have trouble with dry eyes, then consider using artificial tear eye drops when you'll be outdoors for long periods of time. In addition, air conditioning and fans can quickly dry out your eyes from the lack of humidity and constant air flow. 
Get in the habit of blinking often so you can benefit from your body's natural moisturizing system. This may take some getting used to, but it's a simple way to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. 
3. Wear Safety Protection
Protect your eyes from more than direct sunlight. Being around sand or water on sunny days means double exposure to sunlight from all the reflective surfaces. In addition, the water itself is often filled with elements that are hard on the eyes - from the pool and spa chemicals to salt in the ocean and even germs in the lake.
Wear protective goggles when swimming or playing in the water. In addition, lounge in shaded areas when possible. If you're working on summer projects or playing sports, then use proper safety glasses to ward off chemicals or debris. 
4. Practice Good Health
Keeping your eyes healthy goes along with keeping the rest of your body healthy while playing and working. Stay hydrated and eat proper meals. You may eat poorly or forget to drink enough when you're out on the water, enjoying theme parks, or hiking in the woods. However, every part of your body needs proper nourishment to keep going during long summer days. 
In addition, you need to get plenty of sleep. Sleep is key to the human body's overall health and wellbeing, and it allows your eyes to rest after a long day of fun or work. 
5. Wash Your Hands
Are you doing summer projects around the house? Playing with the kids at parks, water play areas, or summer camps? Or, are you just getting together with friends and taking a vacation? Whatever your activities, protect your eyes by protecting your hands.
Viruses, allergens, and chemicals are most easily passed around when you touch other people's hands or contaminated surfaces. Then, you rub your eyes and transfer the germs. 
One of the easiest ways to protect your eyes from contagious viruses or bacteria is to wash your hands thoroughly - and often. Even though your hands may seem clean with just a quick rinse of soap and water, it generally takes at least 20 seconds of hand washing to get rid of hidden germs. So keep fresh water and soap handy for all your summer fun and you can stay healthier to enjoy it.
Ready to head outside and enjoy the sun and warmth? Stop by the Vision Care Center to find out additional ways you can keep your eyes healthy all summer long.