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How to protect your Eyes during the summer

Summer is synonymous with long days filled with outdoor activity. Whether you are hiking outdoors or surfing on the beach, eye protection is essential. Many of us remember to put on sunscreen when we head outdoors but at the same time forget to put on a pair of sunglasses. If your skin can be easily sun damaged, so can your eyes! UV damage can lead to future problems like cataracts and the clouding of vision. To avoid these potential health hazards GW Vision has a few suggestions to help you protect your eyes while still enjoying your time in the sun.

When leaving the house during daytime, don’t forget to put on a pair of sunglasses. A good pair will lie close to the face and block both UVA and UVB rays. You can also get polarized lenses to minimize glare from the sunlight.

Summer also entails a lot of swimming – which also means you are subjecting your eyes to foreign substances such as chlorine and bacteria. Swimming with contacts on can trap waterborne bacteria between your eye and lens, causing a serious infection. Chlorine can also be an irritant to your eyes, so remember to wash out your eyes with water after every swim.

For those of you who spend most of the day in the office, indoor eye health is important too! Vision impairment can be caused by serious eyestrain from computer use. To relieve strain on your eyes, take short breaks from the computer and focus on a distant object. Periodically refocusing your eyes can help preserve your vision.

With these tips you can now enjoy your summer while protecting your eyes! For more advice as well as vision correction procedures, visit www.gordonweissvision.com

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