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Outdoor Activities and Eye Safety: Protecting Your Vision in the Sun

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On a sunny day, our eyes are delicate and need protection. Whether at the pool or beach or taking a walk through the park, taking care of your vision should be a top priority. The sun has powerful UV rays that can harm our eyes over long periods. Exposure without some sort of protective eyewear can lead to many different issues, such as sunburn to the eyes, cataracts, or macular degeneration.


How to Choose the Right Protective Eyewear

When picking the right sunglasses, consider their fit and coverage. Look for eyewear labeled “UV400” or “100% UV protection” to ensure your eye safety. Wrap-around styles are perfect because they block UV rays from the sides. Another option to consider is polarized lenses, which can reduce glare from reflective surfaces like water or pavement.

Another way to protect your eyes is by wearing hats. A wide-brimmed hat is the most effective. It not only shields your face from the sun but also provides additional protective shade for your eyes, reducing the amount of UV radiation reaching them directly.


Outdoor Eye Care Tips

Use Safety Gear: If you are into cycling or skiing, consider goggles or sports-specific eyewear that offer both UV defense and protection from impact.

Stay Hydrated: Staying hydrated helps your eyes stay lubricated and comfortable, especially in dry and sunny climates.

Take Breaks: If you are spending your summer days on the beach or lying by the pool, give your eyes regular breaks from direct sunlight by resting in shaded areas, like under an umbrella.

Enjoying outdoor activities is a great way to stay active and connect with nature. By taking simple steps to protect your eyes, like wearing a hat or sunglasses, you can ensure that your vision remains clear and healthy for years to come. So next time you head outside, gear up and consider protective eyewear for your outdoor activities.

Consult a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist

We understand how important your vision is and our board-certified ophthalmologists are experienced in retina surgery and provide compassionate care. Isn’t it time you started seeing better? Contact Southern Vitreoretinal Associates today to schedule your appointment.

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