Protect Your Vision

Now that summer is here, our thoughts turnto soaking up those solar rays and enjoying being outdoors. While you’re out there having fun, it’s important toprioritize summer safety – not just from the Florida heat but also for your eyes. Protecting your eyes from theelements can help reduce the risk of vision loss and blindness. 

Consider these guidelines from the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wearsunglasses. Not only are they a fashionable accessory, but they can protect your eyes from the sun’sharmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. For the most protection from the sun, wear sunglasses that block out 99%to 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation. 

  • If your summerfun includes activities that include the risk of eye injury – such as fireworks or sports – use safetyglasses, goggles, shields, or eye guards designed for specific activities.

  • Protect youreyes when swimming. Wear swim goggles or a swim mask and stay out of cloudy or discolored water.

  • If you wearcontacts, avoid the risk of infection by washing your hands thoroughly before touching or handling them,disinfecting properly, and replacing them as directed by your eye care professional. 

In addition to summer safety, considerthese vision health tips from the CDC:

  • Have acomprehensive eye exam that includes dilation. Follow the advice of your eye care professional.

  • Rest your eyeswith the 20-20-20 rule when you’re focusing on one thing, such as a computer screen: Every 20 minutes,look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will give your eyes a much-needed break.

  • Eat a healthydiet that includes dark green leafy vegetables and foods with omega-3 fatty acids, such asfish. 

  • If you havediabetes, management is key with the support of your doctor. Be sure to have a comprehensive eye examyearly. 

  • Avoid tobacco.Quitting or not starting can help you avoid conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, andoptic nerve damage. 

Taking care of your eyes in the summer, and allyear round, can help keep your eyes as healthy as possible. For more information from the CDC, go to

Sourced By: Healthwise
Reviewed By: Capital Health Plan PhysiciansGroup
Posted: July 1, 2024