Summertime Eye Care Tips

Summer is here! The summer can take its toll on your eye. Increased sun exposure, pollen, allergies, chlorine in pools, and increased exposure to sunlight, are a few of many ways your eyes are overwhelmed during the summer months.

As we approach the 4th of July week, we thought we would offer these three quick summertime eye care tips to keep your eyes healthy!

1. Wear Sunglasses with Complete Ultraviolet Protection

Let’s start with the most obvious – sunglasses. We have heard it repeatedly to keep our skin protected from ultraviolet rays, but our eyes need as good of protection as your skin. The ultraviolet rays that come from the sun reflect off surfaces such as water or sand.

The best way to protect your eyes from UVR exposure is to purchase and consistently wear sunglasses with 100-percent protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Many brands of sunglasses offer this protection, so you have a wide variety of choices. It is equally important to wear them even on cloudy days throughout the summer solstice.

Prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase the long-term risk of developing conditions such as cataracts, pterygium, and photokeratitis – to name a few.

2. Wear eye protection during outdoor activities

Whether swimming, sailing, water skiing or scuba diving, it’s important that you take precautions to protect your eyes.

Wear protective eye equipment to shield your face and eyes from potential damage. Wear goggles when swimming, sports glasses on the baseball field or basketball courts, and even some sort of eye protection for yard work. The objective is to try to protect yourself, as much as possible, from contact with foreign bodies that can cause a corneal abrasion (a surface scrape of the cornea).

Most corneal injuries heal in a day or two without too much pain or difficulty. However, some situations, such as woodworking or yardwork, can present a higher risk of long-term injury. If a piece of debris lodges into the eye – more than the surface of the cornea can be impacted.

3. Increased Hygiene for Outdoor living

It can be tricky for contact lenses wearers to keep up hygiene levels required for proper lens care – especially when camping or staying. 

If you have difficulty keeping your contact lens care routine when camping, consider wearing your eyeglasses instead. If you are going to be active swimming, boating, jet skiing, or any sort of water sports – consider purchasing daily disposable contact lenses for your vacation so that you don’t have to worry about contact lens solutions while vacationing.

Always remove your contact lenses before showering or using a hot tub because there could be contaminants in the water which may lead to a particularly nasty eye infection. Wearing contact lenses increases the risk of contracting such an infection.

If you are a contact lens or glasses wearer, prescription swimming goggles are available at a modest cost. Visit our Optical Shop or CALL US NOW at 781-234-0275 to learn about our great SUMMERTIME DEALS for disposable contact lenses and prescription sunglasses to learn more.

HAPPY SUMMER 2018!

About the Author :

14 Comments

  1. I need to get a good pair of sunglasses for when I go to the beach. Sometimes my eyes hurt in bright sunlight. I think I’ll have to see an eye doctor soon if my eyes don’t adjust to the light fast enough. Great post, thanks.

    1. DedDocs

      It is great that eye centers everywhere are taking note of our useful eye care tips! Thanks for commenting and posting and let’s keep spreading the word.

  2. I never thought of wearing goggles while swimming to protect my eyes. I’ve starting going to the pool more to get exercise this summer, so I think I will invest in a pair of goggles to make sure my eyes stay safe. Can you get ones that also provide UV protection? My pool is outdoors, so I need that protection too!

    1. DedDocs

      Yes April, you can get prescription swim goggles that offer ultraviolet protection or you may purchase them at any optometry store. If you do not require prescription you may purchase them at or AMAZON offers great deals for UV swim goggles at https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=uv+protection+swim+goggles&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=116055420040&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12344155735155924767&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_85vaar64je_b.

  3. This is some really good information about how to take care of your eyes in the summer time. I like that you talked about how it would be smart wear eye protection when you are doing activities. It might also be smart to go visit your eye doctor if you notice something different with your eyes.

  4. I like the suggestion to wear eye protection when you do outdoor activities. When your eyes are covered and you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself, then the summer activities can be that much more fun. I would suggest also wearing a yellow shade of sunglasses sometimes to help your eyes rest in the yellow light.

  5. You make a great point about wearing the proper eye protection. I know we remember to protect our skin from the sun, but it is easy to forget the damage it can do to our eyes if we are not careful. I would certainly find a good pair of sunglasses that protect against UV rays.

  6. I appreciate your first tip about wearing sunglasses. Sometimes I go for the most fashionable looking pair of glasses, forgetting their actually purpose. Often times these pairs don’t provide the protection I need, so I will invest in a more practical pair. Thank you for all of the helpful tips and applicable information for taking care of your eyes!

  7. Sometimes I forget to grab my prescription sunglasses when I am driving, and I always regret it. My eyes can easily get fatigued if I am on the road for a long time because I blink less often, and I focus on stuff both close and far. I’ve been wearing glasses since middle school, and I understand that the eyeball is a sensitive organ. As the second section explains, eye protection is about blocking light AND foreign objects from damaging our retina, not just about choosing the most stylish frame.

  8. Wearing eye protection while outdoors is a good idea. That way, you can protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. Then you won’t run the risk of ruing your eyes! That would just cause problems that you wouldn’t want to have to deal with.

  9. I want to protect my eyes from damage. Thanks for the advice about how summer is tougher on contact lens than the rest of the year. Another thing to consider is to get an annual eye exam.

  10. You make a lot of sense here. It would be much more difficult to maintain contact lenses away from usual restroom facilities. Keeping dirt away when camping is not possible. It must get into your contact lens via your fingers. I imagine that aside from the long-term consequences you mentioned, it would make them just downright uncomfortable.

  11. I like what you said about not only wearing sunglasses, but making sure that those sunglasses can protect you from UV rays. I am an avid sunglasses wearing girl, but I don’t know that they are UV protected or not. Next time I buy a pair, I’ll be sure to check for that.

  12. I really like your second tip “wear eye protection during outdoor activities.” That seems like a really great way to protect your eyes from the elements no matter what you are doing. I am always wearing sunglasses in the summer and while I am driving because I know that squinting can train your eyes to work harder than they have to. If you have any concerns, it’s best to see an eye care specialist.

Leave a Comment

START TYPING AND PRESS ENTER TO SEARCH