While we use certain kinds of light to improve vision here at Advanced Eye Medical – in the form of laser vision correction – other types of light rays can be severely damaging to your eyes. Specifically, we’re talking about the sun’s damaging UV rays. Just like your skin, your eyes are subject to sunburn. Prolonged exposure to sunlight, especially during the long summer days, is something to be actively avoided if you want to maintain the health of your eyes. After all, you wouldn’t want to offset the benefits of laser vision correction by burning your retinas.
Wearing a hat with a wide brim is a great way to shield your eyes, and your face, from the sun. If you are going to be having some outdoor summer fun, particularly between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, a hat is a must-have item. The wider the brim, the better it can shield your face. However, additional protection is best when the sun is lower on the horizon earlier in the morning and at dusk.
Sunglasses can protect your eyes even when the sun is at eye-level and below the brim of your hat. Make sure that UVA and UVB protection is listed on the sunglasses, as some lenses do not block out these harmful rays. Even better are sunglasses that offer EPF (eye protection factor), a certified rating that designates glasses with UV shielding lenses and frames. Eye moisture can also be a problem. Although the warmer weather in Orange County usually corresponds with more moisture in the air, fans and air conditioning can still leave your eyes dried out and irritated. Avoid blasting cold air directly into your face and, if needed, use over-the-counter eye drops to help keep your eyes moist and healthy.
Protecting your eyes this summer will let you continue to enjoy great vision, especially if you have come to us for laser vision correction.