With summer looming on the horizon, it’s time to think about how we can best protect our peepers during the sunnier months. From sunglasses and nasty chemicals to hay fever and sand, here are our top tips on how to make sure your eye health doesn’t take a back seat this season.

1) Wear protective UV eyewear

We’re all familiar with using sun cream to protect ourselves from the summer sun, but how many of us treat our eyes with the same level of care? UV radiation can damage the tissues on the surface of the eye as well as the cornea and lens. By wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, you can lower your risk of potentially blinding eye diseases and enjoy summer safely. You can read more on protective UV eyewear here.

2) Don’t forget your goggles

While most of us love nothing more than a dip in the pool on a summer’s day, it’s not often that you see people donning their goggles. Although they might not win you any fashion awards, goggles can help prevent red and itchy eyes that may be caused by harsh chemicals in the water.

3) Quell the burn – with drops

Hay fever can cause significant discomfort for your eyes, making them itchy and sore. From an eye medication perspective, we often recommend eye drops to help relieve symptoms. The most common ones are called ‘mast cell stabilisers’ and they are both safe and effective for treating eyes that are affected by hay fever.

For relief from the other effects of hay fever, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

4) Look after your lenses

The summer season is a prime time for holidays and festivals. If you are going away this season, daily lenses are your most hygienic option. But if your lenses are reusable, fear not. Just ensure that you pack enough cleaning solution and make sure your hands are clean before handling the lenses.

5) The nitty gritty

Just imagine – you’re lying on your sun lounger soaking up the summer sun, with the sound of the sea lapping at your feet. Suddenly, a gust of wind picks up and you get a face (and mouth) full of sand. Unfortunately, your eyes are now full of grit, you can’t see and you’re in a flap. Don’t panic. Here’s what to do:

-As soon as you feel sand in your eyes, flush them with saline solution or water straight away.

– If you’re wearing contact lenses, remove them.

-Do not try and remove the sand from the eye yourself. Remember sand is abrasive and you could damage your eye and increase the risk of infection.

-If eye pain persists, or you have continual light sensitivity, blurred vision or scratches on the eye, see your doctor as soon as possible.

If you need any advice on summer eye health, or want to book in for an eye check, call us on 01905 613 020.