1. Wear sunglasses complete with UV protection
Too much exposure to UVR can cause photokeratitis or photo conjunctivitis (more commonly known as “snow blindness”) in the short-term. Continual UVR exposure, particularly exposure to UVB rays, may cause cataracts development, pterygium (a non-cancerous growth over the cornea) or skin cancer of the eyelids.
2. Use Goggles at the Pool
Frequent exposure to chlorine negatively affects the integrity of your corneal epithelium. The epithelium provides a layer of protection to your cornea from irritants and pathogens. If that protection is compromised, you have an increased likelihood of corneal abrasion or other eye injuries.
3. Wash hands and avoid rubbing eyes
Studies indicate that the best way to protect yourself from the spread of communicable disease is simply to wash your hands on a regular basis. This practice is crucial to avoid contracting eye-related conditions such as conjunctivitis. You often develop conjunctivitis after touching something that someone else has touched after they rubbed their eyes.
4. Wear hats
Have your child wear a hat with a wide brim. It not only provides additional protection against sunburn on susceptible areas like the nose, neck and ears, but it also helps to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays. Not all sunlight enters the eye direct from the front. Have your child wear a hat with a wide brim. It not only provides additional protection against sunburn on susceptible areas like the nose, neck and ears, but it also helps to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays. Not all sunlight enters the eye direct from the front.
5. Wear eye protection during outdoor activities
You should try to protect yourself, as much as practically possible, from contact with foreign bodies including sand) that can cause abrasions to your eye. If a child gets sand into his eyes, take the child immediately to a sink with running water. Do not allow them to rub their eyes as this can scratch the outer layer of the eye known as the cornea. Use a clean cup to pour water over the eyes to remove sand. Encourage blinking and do not discourage crying, because tears remove eye irritants. If flushing and blinking does not work, seek immediate medical attention.
6. Opt for shade when possible
Opt for shade whenever possible, especially between 10am and 2pm when the sunlight is the strongest.
7. Drink plenty of water
During the summer, people are more likely to become dehydrated, which can affect their eyes. Serious dehydration makes it harder for the body to produce tears, leading to dry eye symptoms and other vision problems. Drinking plenty of water each day can prevent and reverse many of the negative effects of dehydration, as well as providing fluid for normal eye function.
8. Use eye drops when needed
20,000 students in Richmond Public Schools (RPS) have benefited from a free program providing vision screenings, vision exams and glasses, celebrated today at an event featuring state and local leaders. The Richmond program, which began in October 2017, helped students in schools across RPS to ensure every student has the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, and participate in class.
An event on June 13th commemorated the entirety of the project, which combined the efforts of the city and school district staff with nonprofit providers Vision To Learn and Conexus. 24 students at Miles Jones Elementary School tried on their new glasses for the first time, an example of the thousands of students helped by the program. In all, over 20,000 students were provided vision screenings, over 3,000 with eye exams and over 2,200 with glasses – free of charge – without ever having to leave school.
Read the entire press release HERE.