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Protecting your eyes in the summer

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Tanning in the sun, swimming in the sea, cocktails on the beach – this is how we love to spend our summer. Whether you’re jetting off to exotic shores or make the best of your staycation, you need to ensure that you keep your eyes healthy throughout the summer season. Here are some tips to keep your eyes happy.

Allergy alarm

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During the UK summer, pollen levels rise dramatically, and with 95% of hay fever sufferers being allergic to grass pollen, it’s no wonder that the summertime can be an ongoing struggle for some of us.

If pollen causes your eyes and nose trouble, try to:

  • Avoid going outside as much as you can
  • Wash your clothes after going outside
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses
  • Keep your windows and doors closed

If you wear contact lenses, make sure that you maintain a daily cleaning routine with your recommended solution. This will help prevent the build of allergens on the surface of your contact lenses. Alternatively you could consider using daily disposable lenses, ensuring that you are free from all risks of contamination and discomfort.

Safety first when swimming

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Are you a contact lens wearer? Heads up! Regardless of whether you’re swimming in the ocean or simply taking a dip in the paddling pool with the kids, you should always look to protect your eyes by removing your contact lenses. Prescription goggles are available and will allow you to fully enjoy taking the plunge. 

Should your contact lenses come in contact with water, then clean and disinfect them with fresh solution in order to avoid eye infections.

Stay away from air conditioning

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When the sun is blazing down on your car and you’re stuck in long queuing traffic on those hot summer days, flicking on the air con can be great respite from the uncomfortable heat. However, beware that air conditioning fans blowing directly into your eyes will cause them to dry out quickly.

Prolonged exposure can result in dry eye syndrome, or cause your contact lenses to slip out, making driving impossible. Turning the fans away from your face and ensuring that you have a spare pair of glasses to hand is always advisable.

Protect your eyes  

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We all know that the sun has powerful UV rays, which can be extremely dangerous for our skin and our eyes. Making sure you’re equipped with the right sunglasses can significantly increase your defence against them. Wrap around style glasses with both 100% UVA and UVB protection are ideal: not only protecting your eyes from direct UV rays, but giving extra protection along the sides from dust contaminants and pollen. 

Another consideration when it comes to UV protection is keeping your blood plasma level high through regular Vitamin C intake. Eating plenty of luscious fruit and vegetables is a must, and Vitamin C rich citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges are particularly beneficial.

Drink, drink, drink

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Good hydration is the key to surviving the summer, and not just for those who wear contact lenses. Our bodies are made up of around 75% water, so topping up on your H2O is always a good idea. When it comes to eye health dry eye syndrome is a common problem throughout the summer, with dry climates, heat, wind and even high altitude all playing a part.  So it’s imperative that you try to drink the recommended 2.5 litres (if you are a man) or 2.0 litres (if a woman) of fluids every day.

Whether you’re spending the summer in the back garden or lying on the beach in Italy, make sure you’re fully equipped and ready to enjoy it. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, ‘by failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.’