Exposing your eyes to the sun may harm them in so many ways, so learn to take care of them properly during the hottest months of the year.

Mellins i-Style has the following tips to help you maintain excellent vision this summer: 

  1. Keep sunbathing to a minimum – Not only is the sun the main cause of skin cancer, but it can lead to various eye complications such as eye irritations, cataracts (clouding in the eye that makes it difficult to see) and pterygia (growths on the surface of the eye). The same goes for using sunbeds and tanning cylinders. In the US, strict measures have been taken and it is illegal for people younger than 18 to make use of these tanning methods.
  2. Keep your hat on! For extra measures against the harmful sunrays, protect your eyes with a wide brimmed hat while outdoors for long periods of time. When exercising outdoors, be sure to wear sunglasses, a cap or a visor to protect your eyes from direct sunlight.
  3. Eye health etiquette for the swimming pool – Swimming pool water contains chlorine and other chemicals, while fresh water contains bacteria. This shouldn’t keep you from taking a refreshing dip in the water, however. If you wear contact lenses, remove them and place them in a container with cleansing solution before going for a swim. This will help avoid build-up of bacteria and micro-organisms in your eyes that can lead to infections. Goggles are useful for keeping chemicals and bacteria out of your eyes, and if your goggles have UV protection, this can lessen UV radiation from the sunlight.
  4. Keep eye drops handy – Various elements such as dust particles, tiny insects and sand can cause eye irritations, which can lead to infections if not treated correctly. Eye drops are always a quick and easy, pocket-sized solution for getting rid of unwanted irritants in the eyes.
  5. Remain aware of peak sun times – The sun is usually at its highest and hottest between 10h00 and 15h00. This is the most important time of the day to remember to put on your sunglasses when going into direct sunlight.

Source: Mellins i-Style

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