4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Summer
As it begins to warm up outside, don’t forget how damaging the sun can be for your eyes. The same way UV rays can penetrate your skin and cause damage, they can also penetrate the structures of your eyes and cause cell damage.
According to the CDC, some of the more common sun-related vision problems include cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium (non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva that can obstruct vision).
To protect your eyes:
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat that keeps your face and eyes shaded from the sun at most angles.
- Wear effective sunglasses with 99 or higher UV block that wrap around the sides of your eyes.
- Give your eyes a break every hour or so by retreating to the shade if possible.
- Do eye exercises by practicing “Near and Far Focusing.” Place your thumb about 10 inches in front of you and focus on it. Then focus on something else about 10–20 feet in front of you. This exercise will strengthen the muscles in your eyes over time and improve your vision overall.
When possible, try to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods of time. While the vitamin D is important in small doses, extended exposure to UV rays can damage all parts of your body if not protected.
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