Monthly Archives: June 2017
Summer puts more demand on our eyes and vision than any other time of year. Because the days are longer and the sunshine a little brighter, most find themselves outside soaking up the rays, enjoying water activities and time with friends. You may not realize it, but all of this summer fun make vision correction, such as glasses and contact lenses, a challenge.
Oceans and Lakes and Pools, Oh My!
There is nothing like getting to the shore or pool to beat the heat of summer. Or surfing in the ocean, enjoying water skiing or other boating and water activities in lakes and rivers. But, if you wear contact lenses, you should know they shouldn’t be used in the water because of the risk of bacterial contamination that can lead to sight-threatening infections.
The reality is regardless of your need for vision correction, water poses a real threat to the health of your eyes. Between the chlorine in pools and pollution along the Great South Bay, you will want a pair of well-fitting goggles to help prevent any exposure that can lead to irritation or infection.
Working and Playing with Eye Safety in Mind
Summer is all about the art of spontaneity – a pick-up game here or a tennis game there. But having to think about your vision correction needs can put the brakes on last-minute plans.
Protective eyewear is a must, particularly for sports like baseball, paintball and tennis where the ball can cause significant eye injuries. While prescription sport goggles are available at specialty eyewear centers, if you have good vision or have had a corrective procedure like LASIK, you should pick up a pair at the local sporting goods store.
If your summer plans include tackling some big chores and projects around the house, even if it is just mowing the lawn, be sure to use safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.
Eyes Need Sun Protection, Too
After you’ve slathered on some sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays, be sure to take the same precaution for your eyes. We know eyes can suffer from sun damage with vision-threatening results. Cataracts and macular degeneration are both linked to long-term sun exposure.
Sunglasses should have 100 percent protection against both UVA and UVB radiation, some labels have UV 400 – which covers both UVA and UVB rays. Just because the lenses are dark, doesn’t mean they offer sun protection. Dark lenses are designed to block visible light, which is great when you are at Long Beach on a bright sunny day, but UV rays are invisible. You want to be sure your sunglasses have the protection your eyes need.
Larger, wrap-around styles are best to ensure your eyes are adequately covered. You want to block any UV light from your eyes (as well as the skin around them). This is particularly true if you’ve had LASIK, you want to protect your investment in great vision. Some contact lenses offer UV blocking technology, but we strongly recommend wearing sun-protecting sunglasses as well. If you know you are going to be out in the sun for a while, put a wide-brimmed hat on for added sun safety.
Packing for Sightseeing
If travel is on the agenda this summer, your vision takes on a whole new meaning. Your eyes take in everything around you – especially if you are visiting a new destination or packing for an adventure of a lifetime.
Add to your packing list the items you need to enjoy the sights:
- If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you won’t want to be caught without a back-up pair of prescription glasses. This is important in case you lose or break your regular pair or have a problem with your contacts while traveling.
- Speaking of contacts, be sure to pack extra daily disposable lenses. Whether your travel plans change, your delayed for any reason or a pair gets damaged. Include plenty of solution, drops and an extra sterile case for your extended wear or rigid lenses so you can take great care of your contacts regardless of the water quality of your destination.
- No matter what your vision correction, don’t forget the sunglasses (see above!)
There are No “Safe” Fireworks
As a final note, don’t be fooled by the labeling. Lighting off fireworks at home in inherently dangerous. Yes, even the seemingly benign sparklers can cause significant harm to the eyes, face and body. There is no need to take such chances with you and your loved ones when there are fantastic fireworks shows everywhere around the Fourth of July. In fact, Astoria Park is starting their celebration on June 29th – take a picnic and make an evening of it. Please protect yourself and your eyesight by leaving the firework displays to the professionals.
We hope you have amazing plans for this Summer and hope you find these tips valuable for making sure your eyes and vision help you make the most of it. If you find your glasses or contacts are getting in the way of your activities, rather than supporting them, we are here to help. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK but there might be other laser vision correction procedures that can help you achieve your best vision. Your first step in exploring your options is a thorough evaluation with your eye doctor so we can make the recommendations best suited for your eyes and vision.