During the summer the eyes should be protected just like the skin. Their exposure to UV rays, salt water and sand, in a short time may cause a great damage that leads to visual impairment and many other problems. Read about the 8 most common mistakes that are harmful for your eyes and how to avoid them…
- Looking in the sun
If you think the occasional sun exposure without sunscreen is harmless, then you are really mistaken. With over-exposing your eyes to ultraviolet rays in a short period of time, they can be damaged. Even a day at the beach without protection can cause photokeratitis a painful eye condition whose symptoms are dryness, itching, redness and swelling. This damage is not permanent, but may further trigger other problems like eye growths, the occurrence of cataracts and eyesight weakening.
- Wearing bad sunglasses
When wearing cheap sunglasses you don’t protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays, it is just like not wearing any protection. You need to find polarized sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UV rays, but at the same time enable a clear vision. Select frameworks that protect the eyes temples as well.
- You do not wear glasses when it is cloudy
The sun’s rays can severely damage the eyes even when it is cloudy. Therefore, during the summer, wear sunglasses constantly, regardless of the weather. For additional protection, stay at home during the critical period from 2 to 4 PM.
- You believe that the cap and hat protect your eyes
Hats usually protect the ears, neck and face, but not the eyes because they are exposed to those UV rays that are reflected from the water or sand surface. Water reflects 100% of these rays, while the sand about 25%.
- You wear contact lenses while swimming
Swimming with contact lenses can cause cornea infections and vision impairment .Therefore, always remove the lens before entering in the water.
- Open your eyes under water
The sea salt is not completely sterile, so that is why you can “catch” bacterial and viral infections that can cause blurred vision. When you are underwater, always wear swimming glasses.
- Do not put protective cream around the eyes
Always apply cream with SPF 30 in the area around the eyes. Use cream that is produced exclusively for the eyes, and the best choice is the one that is based on minerals because it won’t cause irritation.
- Touch your eyes with sand on your hands
Sand in the eyes can cause corneal infection, and the loss of its surface epithelial layer. With rubbing, you only exacerbate the situation. If sand gets in your eye, rinse it with unsalted water and blink several times. If the irritation is not gone after 1 hour, visit a doctor immediately.