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Summer is in full swing, and with it comes the inevitable onslaught of outdoor activities – hanging around by the pool, working on the yard, checking out local baseball games and more. There’s so much happening that you may not take one incredibly important yet often overlooked precaution: protecting your eyes. (Image: Courtesy MyEyeDr.)

How to Protect Your Peepers When You’re Outside this Summer

Summer is in full swing, and with it comes the inevitable onslaught of outdoor activities – hanging around by the pool, working on the yard, checking out local baseball games and more. There’s so much happening that you may not take one incredibly important yet often overlooked precaution: protecting your eyes.

If you’ve never worn glasses before, then you probably don’t even think about these sorts of things. If you have, or still do, then you might think you’re already doing all you can to keep your eyes healthy. Here are a few tips for protecting your eyes while participating in some of your favorite seasonal activities:

1. Wear goggles in the pool.

Swimming might be a relaxing way to cool down from the summer heat, but it’s also terribly tough on your eyes. Chlorine and other pool chemicals can wash away the thin layer of tears that coat the eye’s surface known as the “tear film.”

This film keeps the eye moist, and when it gets washed away the eye is left red and uncomfortable and potentially exposed to harmful bacteria. Be sure to wear googles to help prevent this. Speak with your eye doctor for recommendations on using eye drops or gel tears.

2. Don’t swim with your contacts in.

Doing so puts you at high risk for a corneal infection as bacteria can start growing in your lenses after just one swim. Instead, talk to your eye doctor and ask for prescription swimming goggles to help keep your vision clear while you’re splashing around in the water. It’s a great idea to pack a backup pair of glasses in your summer travel bag in case you need to dispose of your contacts while away from home.

3. Stay hydrated.

It’s an extremely overlooked part of summer that affects your entire body – including your eyes. Staying hydrated won’t just keep your body cool and energized, it will also help to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.

4. Keep your eyes shaded with a cool pair of sunglasses.

While most sunglasses do offer some level of UV protection, eye care professionals recommend polarized lenses from a reputable provider for that extra level of protection. They also help reduce glare so you don’t have to strain your eyes against the sun’s rays. Wear them as much as possible while outdoors, even when participating in water sports such as kayaking or jet skiing. Ask an eyewear consultant about the best tinted and mirrored lenses available or consider a pair of sunglasses made for the water, like these floatable frames from Dragon.

The trusted eyewear associates at MyEyeDr. can help find the perfect frames to correct vision issues and protect your eyes from water-related damage and harmful UV rays. With back to school season around the corner, now is the perfect time to schedule an annual eye exam. Stop by one of the 80 locations in the Washington, D.C. area today for all your eye care and eye wear needs and browse the selection of hot styles from brands like Ferragamo, Costa, Ruby X, Calvin Klein, Ray Ban and Dragon.

MyEyeDr. is a network of more than 300 optometry practices east of the Mississippi that offer comprehensive eye care services, a selection of designer and value prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, and standard and specialty prescription contact lenses. By welcoming all vision insurance plans and providers, MyEyeDr. makes vision health attainable for everyone. For more information, visit www.myeyedr.com.

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