The weather is perfect. Birds are out, the sun is shining high in the sky and the smell of barbecue is in the air, but it’s also prime allergy season—also known as springtime. This spring, maintain your eye health with the following helpful tips for eye care in Cape Cod, MA:
Get polarized sunglasses
Whether you wear prescription lenses or not, you need to take steps to shield your eyes from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays. Protecting your eyes from UV light is as easy as wearing polarized sunglasses or another UV protected pair. If you don’t have to wear a prescription, you can find polarized sunglasses at just about any sunglasses shop. Prescription lens wearers can visit a local eyeglasses retail store to order a customized pair of polarized sunglasses complete with their specific prescription. Other options include clip-on sunglasses and transition lenses.
Clean eyewear daily
Both eyeglasses and contact lenses can pick up springtime allergens like dust and pollen throughout the course of the day. You may not see or feel it, but it’s there. Sweat and air pollutants from the day that linger on eyewear can transfer to your eyes themselves later on, causing irritation, and even leading to infections. Make sure to develop a habit of wiping down your eyeglasses in their entirety, including lenses, frames, nose pads, arms and neck straps. Reusable contact lenses should be removed from your eyes every night and cleaned in a proper contact solution.
Wash your hands often
Since springtime means allergy season for most of us, ward off eye infections and keep your eyes healthy during these months by washing your hands often. Allergies can leave you wanting to rub itchy eyes, but dirty hands can also transfer allergens, making already irritated eyes more uncomfortable. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face, as well as when taking out or putting in contact lenses.
Protect eyes during outdoor activities
Spring is in the air, and so are soccer balls, footballs, golf balls, Frisbees and other moving objects. Outdoor sports should be fun, not filled with fear of possible eye injury. And outdoor household tasks like mowing the lawn, building a fence and completing yard work that involves airborne debris can also cause potential harm. To have a safe time during outdoor activities this spring, wear protective goggles (even over eyeglasses) or ask your eye doctor for a pair of durable sports glasses.
Don’t look directly at the sun
This should be a given, but whether you are wearing sunglasses, eyeglasses or contact lenses—or no glasses at all—avoid direct eye contact with the bright sun. Your eyes will naturally want to turn away from any light that is too bright, so don’t force yourself to look directly at the sun. If you want to feel the warmth of spring on your face, wear UV protected sunglasses and keep your eyes closed.
If you have questions about eye care in Cape Cod, MA or are interested in getting a new pair of personalized sunglasses, including prescription sunglasses, contact the team at Bayview Optometrics today for professional assistance.