With school out and summer vacation upon us, you and your family will most likely be spending more time outside. Keep you and your children’s eyes protected from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays by following these helpful tips from Simon Eye Associates:
Apply Sunscreen Before Heading Outside
The sun emits more powerful UV rays during the summer. UVB rays, in particular, are often associated with skin and eye sunburn, which is why your trusted eye doctor suggests applying sunscreen before going outdoors. Since your children’s skin is thinner and more sensitive, they may need extra protection, such as a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella.
Wear Your Sunglasses
Children’s developing eyes are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays than adults’ eyes. Studies reveal that UVA rays can penetrate deeply into your eyes, even reaching the retina, which puts your children at a higher risk of developing UV-induced visual changes.
This is why your reliable eye doctor recommends wearing sunglasses that absorb up to 400 nanometers of UV rays, giving you 100% UV blockage. For added protection, we suggest choosing a pair of sunglasses made of polycarbonate material for your child. Wraparound-styled frames can also help prevent UV light from entering through the sides.
If you’re planning to swim in the pool or ocean, make sure to wear goggles. The water may contain chemicals or microorganisms that can cause eye irritations. We also advise using proper safety eyewear when playing contact sports.
Drink Lots of Water
The summer heat can make you sweat easily, resulting in rapid body fluid loss. Make sure your children stay hydrated when playing outside. Summer also brings a higher risk of developing dry eyes, which is why your expert eye doctor advises increasing your daily water intake during this season.
Summer is a great time to have your children’s eyes examined for any signs of vision problems before they go back to school. Call us today at (302) 239-1933 or complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Wilmington, Hockessin, and Greenville, DE.