Summer is here, time to get outside and enjoy the good weather. But with all the fun comes the need to take extra care of your eyes. Here are some contact lens tips to consider during the summer months:
Wear (the right) sunglasses
Most people understand the need to protect their skin from the sun with sunscreen but seldom think to protect their eyes. Corneas can burn too, and UV eye damage is cumulative over a lifetime. But not all sunglasses are created equal. Look for these qualities when picking out a pair:
- Lenses block 99-100% of UVB and UVA rays. Many just block UVB.
- UV 400 protection
- Lenses meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements
Wear Contact Lenses with UV Blockers
While contacts with UV blockers are no substitute for a good pair of sunglasses, there will be plenty of times in which even the most diligent sunglasses wearer won’t have them on. For all these times, having a contact lens with UV blockers can make a big difference, especially over time. CooperVision carries a variety of options for this type of lens: Avaira and Clearsight 1 Day, for example. Ask your eye care professional about the best kind for you.
Swim with Goggles
Even if you close your eyes when swimming under the water, you never know when you might get a splash in the face. Any kind of water, including pool, hot tubs, and lake water, can cause bacterial contamination of your eye. Not to mention, the surface tension holding your lenses in will be washed away by water, as will the lenses themselves. And good luck finding your lost lens in a pool!
Avoid AC blowing directly in your face
During those especially sweltering summer days it may be tempting to park your face in front of the AC or fan. But doing so will dry out your lenses especially in your car where vents can be pointed directly at the driver or passenger. So point them away, or if they have an oscillating feature, turn it on.
Enjoy summertime to the fullest! Use these contact lens tips to ensure a healthy summer season!